Each day is an opportunity to create more of the ideal life we want for ourselves, but sometimes we get in our own way. Sometimes the simple advice on how to improve our lives is quickly skipped over. It’s almost as if we assume that a hard fought dream must be difficult to attain in every possible way, but I have to disagree when it comes to the path we choose. I do, however, agree that the journey won’t be short and each of us will be tested in order to determine how badly and genuinely we want what we say we desire, but over the course of the next three weeks, I’d like to share with you some simple tips on how to truly improve your life no matter what your dreams may be.
Let’s begin the first part in The Simply Luxurious Life’s new series by focusing on five intangibles that have to do with one’s mentality and approach to day to day life.
Take ResponsibilityThe beauty of taking responsibility is that you recognize that with every complaint, every excuse, every negative cynical shaking of the head, you are wasting time that could be spent getting closer to your dreams. As an adult, you must accept what has happened in your past and take responsibility for what is happening now and what you want to have happen in the future. The strength one will need will be great, but it is possible, simply dig deep.
Be HonestWhile in the short term, sometimes, lying (even white lies) appear to be the easiest thing to do, but in the long run, the benefits of telling the truth last longer and internally make you feel better. So next time you consider telling a bit of a fib, muster up the courage to be honest tactfully. You’ll not only sleep better at night, but you’ll earn the respect of people whose respect is worth having.
Practice CourageBoth of the above suggestions will need a bit, and at times, quite a bit, of courage, but again the reward in the end will be truly rich. Having the courage to stand up for what you believe in even if you’re the only one, or to wear an outfit that people in your circle won’t understand or accept is an act of courage – it’s putting yourself out there. Unfortunately, smaller people will judge, but the onlookers who can recognize courage will applaud you. Ultimately, however, as long as you’re applauding yourself, that is all the courage you will need. The beauty of courage is that with each attempt your ability to be courageous becomes strengthened, so start small and you just might surprise yourself.
FocusNot everyone can be a Olympic champion, or an Iron Chef extraordinaire, or for that matter a genetically gorgeous supermodel, but each person does have an innate talent that only he or she possesses. The secret is to focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses. By spending more time on what you are gifted at, and less on what you aren’t – you’re allowing those people that are gifted at your weaknesses the ability to shine in their area of strength, accepting that no one is perfect and becoming even more extraordinary in your own specialty.
Live Within Your MeansIt sounds simple, but the less you covet, the more time you have to enjoy doing the things you love. Instead of trying to constantly earn more to live the life you want, why not appreciate what you already have, and revel in the time you aren’t at work by partaking in the activities that ignite your soul? The peace of mind you will find by living within your means will be priceless and the extra hours of sleep you will gain from the many stressless nights you will have achieved will be something you will want to continue for not only your health, but your happiness.
Now I know there will be things that offer up tremendous challenges, but the intention is to not be the one who is putting up the roadblocks you run up against. The ability to present your best self so that you are present for as many opportunities as you can be is the goal, and by keeping in mind these first five tips, you will no doubt be well on your way to living an even more amazing life. Click here to read part two in the series which include five more ways to improve your life.
Have a wonderful Wednesday.