Sometimes we want to change our lives, but we just don’t know where to start.
For many people discovering the self-help world, the biggest problem is the absence of explicit instructions. Finding your passion is a foggy thing, after all.
If you want to improve your quality of life, it’s important to define an actionable approach and start moving toward it.
If you’re feeling uncertain about what steps to take to attain real, consistent, positive results in your life, here’s a post to help you shake things loose.
4 Clear Action Steps to Changing Your Life
You don’t have to go away to a retreat or live in a monastery to make big, dramatic, positive changes in your life. Instead, just follow these steps to get started:
1. Choose the Least Crowded Road
In our lives, we are often faced with the choice between the easy path and the right path.
Most people choose the easy path. But you are not “most people.” You are unique, and if you want to stand out, you need to follow your heart, even if it means taking the road less traveled. It may seem tough and strenuous at first, but it really is the shortcut to your personal and professional growth and success!
Think of what you believe other people expect of you. Now think about what you would like to do. Is there a mismatch between your own dreams and other people’s expectations? If so, think of what you can do to resolve it.
2. Always Have a Plan
Your wanting something in life is not enough to achieve it. You have to have a clear action plan that will serve as your roadmap. As obvious as it may sound, the vast majority of people skip this crucial step, thinking that they will improvise and figure it out as they go.
You can not improvise if you have no idea what your next step is, nor can you monitor your progress.
Take a look at your goal. What actions do you have to take to get there? Can these actions be broken down into even smaller steps? Great! Now write them down and set your plan in motion! If you haven’t practiced SMART goal-setting, now is a great time to do it.
3. Change Your Perspective
It isn’t always easy to maintain an optimistic attitude and keep negative thoughts in check. When you realize that happiness is a choice, though, you can change the way you look at situations that are making you unhappy.
This does not mean that you have to ignore problems or live in denial. Sometimes the best course of action lies in changing your perspective and looking for creative solutions to a problem and sometimes it is about taking a deep breath and just trusting the Universe.
Is there anything bothering you at the moment? If the answer is yes, think about how you would like to feel and act on it. Can you look at the situation from a different angle and distance yourself emotionally from it? After all, you should be the one in control of your happiness level, and nothing or no one should be able to take it away from you!
4. Cultivate Connection
Examine the relationships in your life at home, at work, and socially. Do you feel connected to the people in your life? Do you feel connected to your inner self? Lack of time or too much work should not become an excuse for neglecting your relationships or forgetting about little things that make your life fuller and more satisfying.
Even if you have a lot to do, make time in your daily routine for simple, yet satisfying activities like meditation, reading, meeting with old friends or grabbing an ice-cream with your kids. Make an effort to cultivate a sense of connection in your life. By prioritizing this simple step, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a happier and more centered person.
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