No matter what your age, there is always something you’d love to change or improve upon. It could something to do with your career or your personal life, or even just something like quitting smoking or loosing a bit of weight.
Regardless of what it is you’d like to change, and regardless if it’s a massive or small change, it can be daunting to set up and get started. This could be because we all get bogged down in the little details, and allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by what we’d need to do to get started.
Below is a timeless short list worth working on regardless of the goal in mind.
Stay in the Present
Let’s be realistic – the future is a wild and unimaginable entity that nobody can truly predict how things will turn out. You’d have to be a truly gifted psychic to predict every single little bump and pitfall that’ll occur in your life in order to be 100% prepared for what life throws at us.
Instead of spending all your free time fretting over what may happen and trying to over-plan every step along the way, why not live in the present and enjoy life as it happens right now. Stop worrying that you don’t have a 5-year plan and allow yourself to enjoy deal with the successes and pitfalls of everyday life.
The little successes you have now can potentially have a massive impact on your future, and ultimately lead your life in a totally different direction than you’d have predicted.
Enjoy Your Trip
We’ve all been there – focusing so much on the end goal that we’ve forgotten to enjoy the journey along the way. As healthy as it is to have a goal in mind, it’s how we get there that truly makes that goal all the more worth it because of what we’ve gone through to get there.
Perhaps it’s a matter of hitting certain milestones along the way that make it worth it, or the physical or psychological changes we see in ourselves over time. Whatever it is, enjoy the little things in life along the way.. and remember to take pictures. 😉
Everyone Takes the Easy Route
For something in your life to truly make a lasting impact, don’t allow yourself to take the easy route as that is basically allowing yourself a cop-out. If you spend your entire life just reaching for the easiest and simplest goals, then your journey won’t necessarily take you very far. Taking the easy options is being lazy.
Instead, try something new and difficult. Reach for something you never in a million years thought you’d ever try or achieve. Master a new skill. Move countries. Start a business. Write a book. Obviously, start off small, but the more you get used to achieving a slightly harder goal, the easier it’ll be to go for that big goal in the long run.
Plus, those harder goals? They make the journey of life move along at a much more interesting rate than taking the easy route. And more exciting too.
Trust Your Instincts
Let’s be frank – life is a risk worth taking, and if you’re allowing yourself to be held back from the unknown of what will happen next, then you’ll never truly live or know what could be possible. And that potentially could be worse than if you’d taken the risk and tried in the first place.
Because if you’d at least tried and still failed, you’ve already achieved something because when you try again you’ll be even more ready for anything that comes up. So go for it already.
Nurture Positive Relationships
We’ve all heard it before, about how we need to cut out the negative people in our lives in order to lead a more positive and success life, be it personally or professionally. But yet we all still allow those negative influences into our lives without meaning to because we still haven’t learned how to spot the rotten apples.
An entire post could be made up on this topic alone, but in the end it’s all about recognising those who’ll be nurturing and encouraging for your life goals along the way. You want to surround yourself with people who’ll be willing to put the heart back into your life instead of sucking it out. People who’ll go out of their way to help you because they want to, not because they expect something in return.
For now though, here’s a good read on how to meet the right people.
In the end, it’s your life and your journey. It’s not a race or a competition. So why not enjoy it to the absolute max while you’re on it, and share it with those who truly deserve to be along for the journey.