What I Am Doing To Change My Life

simple tips to change my life
simple tips to change my life
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Daily Blog #297

I realize that a lot of my writing is directed towards things that I believe will help us to live a better life. Things like never giving up on ourselves, doing good for others, following our dreams, ect. But I have also realized that while I am writing about my beliefs, sometimes these beliefs may come across as vague.

So today, in an effort to fine tune all of the things that I talk about, I want to show you what I am doing to change my life. I want to show you that I don’t just write something for the sake of writing it, I actually practice it in my own life.

1. Waking up early

One thing that has really helped me to change my life is waking up earlier. Over the last month or so, I have been starting my days a lot earlier than usual. I normally set my alarm clock for 5:15, roll out of bed, get dressed, and head to a coffee shop that is near to my work. All the while, I do not use my phone unless it is to listen to an audiobook.

I get a coffee, and I sit down to read or journal for an hour before I actually go to work. I have found that my thoughts are more clear and precise in the early morning hours. Oddly enough, I have also found that I have more energy throughout the day.

The greatest benefit to waking up earlier is that I am on my own time. Nobody is bothering me, I don’t check social media because I don’t want to be flooded by all of the negativity in the world, and I am just able to do the things that I find important. This mainly entails reading and reflecting.

2. Doing something for others

Within the first few hours of my day, I try to do something positive for others. Not only does it make that person happier, but I immediately become happier as well in knowing that I am making a positive impact in the lives of others.

Things such as telling somebody that they look nice, getting to know the baristas name at the coffee shop that I go to, or buying coffee for the person that is standing in line behind me. It’s not something that is normally too over the top, but something that I know will help to make a difference in somebody else’s life.

3. Fighting my fears

This is probably the hardest thing to accomplish, but also the one that I have made the most progress in. I have always been a creature of habit. I would have the same daily routine, eat only the same foods, and I would trap myself in my room away from the rest of the world. As I am sure you could guess, my social life was lacking.

To break this habit, I did the easiest thing possible. I traded the basement of my house for the living room upstairs. It has forced me to be around my family, and it has forced me into actually communicating with others. And I kid you not, something as small as forcing myself to spend more time with my family has changed my life.

Not only have my relationship with my family grown immensely (the can vouch for this), but I have also found myself being more willing to do things spontaneously. Things that I probably would not be willing to do if I didn’t take the first step in fighting my fears, and doing something small, such as spending more time around my family.

4. Surrounding myself with the things that I desire

What we surround ourselves with in life is ultimately what we become. For me, I have made every effort to surround myself with exactly what I want to become. I have affirmation posters on my wall, I listen to as many motivational podcasts as I can consume, and I read as many uplifting blogs and books as I can read.

Aside from that, I also surround myself with those who bring out the best in me, and those who encourage me to follow my dreams. Because of this, I have found that I am more motivated when the going gets tough, and I know that even if I fail, I will always have others that will help to catch me when I fall.

If you want to be happier, you need to surround yourself with others who are generally happy and uplifting. If you want to become an entrepreneur, you should surround yourself with other entrepreneurs. When you surround yourself with what it is that you want to become and with the things that you desire, you are more likely to push yourself to manifest your dreams.

5. Remembering that everything is on me

No matter what happens in my life, I, and only I have the ability to live the life that I desire to live. Since realizing that happiness and success are earned and never given, I have held absolutely nothing back. Each and every day, I wake up with the same goals – to be a better version of the person that I want to be than I was yesterday, and to do what I can to make the world a better place.

Sure, it might seem corny to some, but it’s what drives me. It’s what drives me to never give up on myself and the desires that I KNOW I will accomplish, and it drives me to live the best life that I can live. If I want these things, then guess what! Only I have the ability to achieve them.

I am never going to be perfect, and I know that I am going to face struggles along the way. But perfection isn’t my goal, progression is. I strive to be one percent better today than I was yesterday, and if I can manage that, then I know that I will achieve my dreams.

6. Just starting

I realized something about myself. I realized that I used to spend far too much time talking about my goals, and not actually taking the steps to execute them. As much as I wanted to accomplish these goals, it was almost as if I was waiting for them to magically come to me. Well, let’s just say that this didn’t happen.

It wasn’t until I started actively pursuing the things that I desired that those desires slowly started to come to fruition. And it’s not like the things that I want in life have come to me the minute I started pursuing them, it has actually been a long and slow process. But because I have started chasing the things that I want to achieve, I know that I am just that much closer to achieving them.

Final Thoughts

While there are other things that I am also doing to change my life, these are the biggest ones. And I have to admit that since implementing these strategies, I have never been happier in my entire life. I now live with a purpose, and I live with the belief that I can achieve anything that I set my mind to. It isn’t meant to be an ignorant or cocky mindset, but rather a mindset that has allowed me to see my own true value.

Michael Bonnell

2/21/2019

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