7 Tips for Turning Your Life Around
“The day that you discover that you are in charge of your life, is the day that you turn your life around.” Patricia Fripp
At some stage we all reach a point in our lives where we reach a cross roads. Life’s events suddenly stop us at a point we never expected to reach. We are unexpectedly dazed and confused. How did we end up here? Life was supposed to be meaningful, successful, fun, exciting but yet we stand at the intersection of life attempting to figure out our next move. Life can be sensational, we just need to figure out how to turn our life around. So here are 7 steps to do exactly that:
Remove the Negativity
It amazes me how much negativity we are willing to expose ourselves to, whether it be the news, the people we choose to associate with at work or in our personal lives. Here we are with great aspirations, burning desires, only for our dreams to be shot down by others who transpose their fears on to us. Often it is because others lack vision that they believe that we too are incapable of achieving success, therefore, they assert their limitations and inabilities onto us. What they fail to see or understand is that when we have defined our purpose or have a goal, our vision has been founded and we redirect our energy and resources into making our that dream a reality.
Immerse Yourself in Knowledge
I cannot stress the importance of knowledge whether it is reading books, listening to podcasts, audiobooks or attending seminars. Immersing yourself in new found knowledge can kick start your motivation to a completely whole new level. You acquire tools, resources and connections you would otherwise not have access to.
Stop Worrying About the Outcomes
We spend vast amounts of time worrying about things that never actually happen. Our mind goes into overdrive and contemplates all possibilities of failure that we forget that we can actually succeed simply by changing our focus and our mindset. Don Joseph Goeway published an article in the Huffington Post stating that 97% of what we worry about is actually our mind either exaggerating or creating misperceptions. This is pretty staggering considering that the odds are massively in our favour. It is important to bear in mind that not all circumstances are within our control, therefore, focus on what we can influence and have faith.
Have an Attitude of Gratitude
It has often been said that when we are grateful for the little things in our day, bigger things will enter our lives. I have seen this first hand that when I am grateful for even the tiniest of things out of nowhere something good will present itself. Lewis Howes in his book ‘The School of Greatness’ states that,
“Life is better if you develop an attitude of gratitude.”
He continues to say,
“If you concentrate on what you have, you’ll always have more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough.”
Having an attitude of gratitude can be powerful as it has a tendency to remove any feelings of anger, frustration and negativity we may be experiencing. Feeling happy also has a positive impact on our physical and mental well-being, which has to be good thing.
Have a Strong Belief
When we have a strong belief in ourselves, we remain focused and committed. We are driven, we pull out all the stops and make it happen. The slightest doubt or negativity can create waves of uncertainty which leads to unproductiveness and inaction. Self-doubt when allowed to fester simply leads to behaviours that will sabotage our success. Having a strong belief in ourselves allows us to venture out of our comfort zone and explore new ideas.
The benefits of exercise have often been cited. The evidence states it improves our overall physical and mental well-being and should not be ignored. Regular exercise can reduce some health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, strengthen our bones and muscles as well as lower stress and improve productivity. The type of exercise we engage in is not important, the key is to maintain a healthy body and mind. I often find going for a long walk or playing a competitive sport clears my head and recharges my momentum. When we feel great about ourselves, we remain productive and motivated.
This may sound rather drastic but can actually be beneficial to changing our life around. A change of environment, new challenges, new connections can all pave the way for new possibilities. Sticking with our current existence may have dated our thinking and our options. Sometimes taking on a different job ignites an innovative sense of adventure and willingness to explore new beliefs.
When we get stuck in a rut, remember it does not have to be permanent. The key is to take action no matter how small. These small steps over time create new possibilities, new circumstances. Inaction will keep us rooted to our current situation, unless there is a change in our mindset or our actions. Give it a go, do something completely different today!