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8 Ways To Begin Improving Yourself

Have you noticed that some people seem to catch all the breaks? You can be one of those people too as long as you have a mindset to always improve yourself in some way. Here are the ways you can begin giving yourself more opportunities for success starting right now.

 #1. Get up 30 minutes early.

When you are fresh and beginning your day, your brain is at its most efficient. This means you’ve also got a small window of productivity that is at its best. Getting up early also gives you more time to plan for the day in the quiet and stillness that comes with the anticipation of a new day.

#2. Make time for exercise and stay active.

You don’t have to join a gym to get some exercise. You don’t need a personal coach. You do need to make sure you get a good walk in, take a jog in the park, or do your preferred exercises every day in some way. When you are active, your brain begins to kick into overdrive with innovative, creative ideas that could literally change the world.

#3. There’s always a plan.

It’s been said that the most important person in the world is the common person. The one who works hard, goes home, spends time with their family and friends, and repeats. Don’t underestimate the importance of a common chore because just like common people, this is what builds the foundation of everything we know.

#4. Keep on learning.

There’s always something new to learn every day. We never truly know everything. Always look for something interesting to enhance the way you can communicate with others. It can come from reading blogs, looking at research journals, or even something as simple as trying out a new hobby. When you keep learning, you keep expanding the reach of your mind.

#5. Mistakes and criticism are feedback.

It’s difficult to handle a disagreement. It’s even worse if we make a mistake. Yet in every moment, even the negative ones, what we receive from others is feedback. This can help you to avoid those mistakes in the future by learning not from your perspective, but from what others see. Take this information, analyze it, and then apply it.

#6. Meditation is a must.

You can make 20 minutes to meditate. Maybe take those early morning minutes to do so if nothing else. Try to find two sessions of 20 minutes at the beginning and ending of your day if you can. By doing so, you’ll keep yourself centered and shift away from the negative feelings that could be dragging you down.

#7. Family is important.

Working hard is a good thing. Making time for your family is a better thing. Your family is your support network. If you ignore them for too long, they’ll leave. It really is that simple. Always strive to make your family be a top priority and you’ll feel more alive.

#8. Don’t underestimate the value of sleep.

How long someone should sleep can be very different because of biological variability. Some people need 4 hours of sleep. Others feel tired after 8 good hours of sleep. Listen to your body, know what it needs, and then provide it. An energy drink or multiple cups of coffee isn’t a substitute for sleep, even if it seems like it at the time.

You can begin improving yourself today. These 8 methods all work in their own unique way. Try the ones that make sense for your lifestyle and then track the improvements you see. In due time, you’ll start catching all the breaks too.

6 Positivity Shifts You Can Do Right Now

Ever find yourself stuck in a negative rut mentally? It happens to the best of us. Even when we’re trying to be happy, we find ourselves feeling discouraged, saddened, or disappointed. Here’s some good news: with a simple positivity shift, we can turn that darkness into light quickly. Then we can choose to leave that light on. Here are 6 simple ways to shift from a negative perspective to a positive one.

#1. Switch off over-thinking mode. Pondering thoughts is a good thing. Pondering negative thoughts continuously can lead to a deeper negative mindset. Instead of trying to look at the “bright side” of things, consider taking a few minutes to explore meditation. This can help take your mind off of the negative thought, clear your head, and begin to relax.

#2. Every opportunity is a chance to become stronger. What doesn’t kill you doesn’t always make you stronger, but it can if you choose to focus those energies on your mental strength. Not every situation is fair. Not every outcome is beneficial. Yet even in those darkest of moments, there is always something to learn. By focusing on the learning moments, there is always a chance to grow stronger.

#3. Create lists. Work can be stressful. Chores at home can be stressful. Even the daily commute between work and home can be stressful. Here’s an easy way to stop dealing with all that stress: create a list. It can even just be a mental list. When we check off things that have been accomplished throughout the day, we’re focusing on what has been done instead of what needs to be done and that turns off the negativity.

#4. You can take a step backward. People today are polarized, sensitive, and aggressive. Disagreement sometimes equates to hate. A different opinion leads to a negative grumpiness like never before. If your friends or just the world at large is dragging you down, then take a moment to step away from the negativity. You are in control. Don’t let others dictate your mood.

#5. Find the contentment in life. There will be struggles every day. Sometimes those struggles are big and they create a lot of fatigue. When you’re at your most tired of moments, that’s when negativity tends to strike. Shift toward positivity by focusing on those perfect little moments that life provides. A few quite moments with a good book, playing games with the kids, or having some tea on your porch can all help to stop the push toward negativity.

#6. There’s always a new chance. Being tired and sick can make it seem like the whole world is against you. It’s easy to feel sorry for ourselves when we don’t feel good. Instead of focusing on this icky feeling, focus on the fact that you’re alive, breathing, and have a hope to feel better soon.

Being thankful and looking for positive moments can help to force negativity out of the mind. Use these simple positivity shifts to shine some light on your personal darkness and the negativity will begin to melt away.

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