10 Things 2 Start Doing 4 Self

Archie Lee
Archie Lee is a diverse author who strives for personal excellence through a commitment to volunteerism in his community, helping it to achieve its full ethnic, health, political and social potential. Archie Lee graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a commission in the U.S. Army. An active member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity since 2006, he also earned a Masters Degree in Management in 2009. Archie Lee is a strong advocate in social psychology. As a relationship expert and youth counselor, he loves social interaction and identifying character traits with people in general, primarily studying human social interaction.

Oct 05,2016

A lot of advice focuses on what you should stop doing. That’s helpful, but it’s also great to have a constructive plan for what to do—and to think of changes in terms of adding positives rather than removing negatives. In that spirit, here are 10 positive things you can start doing for yourself right away if you want to create a happier, more fulfilled life.

1. Focus On What You Can Control

Work towards your goals with determination, but focus all that powerful energy on the things you can actually influence. It’s a waste of time to obsess over things that are under other people’s control (or down to pure luck).

2. Be You

Be your real self, and be proud of your true identity! Your quirks, strengths and passions allow you to give something unique to the world, and you can only be happy if you’re being fully authentic. Don’t be held back by ideas of who you “should” be.

3. Be Open About Your Feelings

Instead of letting difficult emotions fester, let them out. Whether it’s to a friend, a journal or a therapist, find a way of processing those feelings so you can move on. Consider artistic approaches like painting or sculpting as well.

4. Claim Accountability

You’re fully responsible for your own life—this means you’re accountable for your successes, and for holding yourself back. Make the changes you want to make, rather than waiting for someone else to make them for you.

5. Take More Breaks

Start to monitor your own stress levels much more closely, and deliberately take breaks at regular intervals. Even jut a five minute walk, listening to a favorite song or calling a friend for a quick chat can leave you feeling calmer and more energetic.

6. Spend Time With The Right People

Gravitate towards those who accept you for who you really are—the people who love and appreciate you, and who actively support your attempts to improve.

7. Forgive

When it comes to the people who don’t really add something positive to your life, let go of toxic grudges that leave you saddled with anger and resentment. Know that people have their own complex reasons for acting in the (sometimes hurtful) ways they do, and resolve to live your own life peacefully and without bitterness. Don’t forget to forgive yourself, too!

8. Face Your Problems

When you have a problem, take a deep breath and look straight at it—start generating ideas that will help you tackle it. If you take small steps towards overcoming a problem, you’ll eventually arrive at a solution (and you’ll have learned valuable lessons from your challenges).

9. Live in the Present

Immerse yourself in the current moment, rather than living with one foot in the past and one in the present. Experience life as it is happening, and deliberately notice all the wonderful sources of beauty in the world.

10. Trust Your Intuition

Tune into that inner voice you may have suppressed or been taught to ignore. It will give you valuable information about what you really need, and about how to approach the task of getting it. Notice gut feelings, really connect with your imagination, and let your intuition grow

 

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