If you’re like most people, you find yourself thinking about how you want to improve your life on a daily basis. But the fact of the matter is that few of us actually have the willpower to do so.
A lot of the time, we either think that changing our lives will be too difficult or that we don’t have the power needed to make said changes.
The truth is you’re more powerful than you think. And you have the power to make those changes anytime you want, even right now!
Start your trek down the road to a better life by reading these eight actionable steps you can take to improve your life this year.
We get it, no one likes to clean. But experts agree that decluttering your living area or workspace has the potential to benefit you in a positive manner.
In fact, social scientists have spent quite a bit of time detailing this strange phenomenon.
One study, for instance, found that the more cluttered a home was, or the more unfinished projects a person had, they likelier they were to feel depressed or fatigued.
So while you’ve put off cleaning the pool or dealing with that heap of laundry on your flow for weeks, now might be the time to actually do something about it. Sure, it may not be the most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, but you’ll feel better afterward!
Life has a funny way of throwing us curve balls and reminding us that we’re not always in control.
Whether it’s through something small like a messed up food order or something bigger like financial issues, how we deal with these unpleasant circumstances can say a lot about us.
Honestly, it’s easy to complain. But if you’re reading this article, it’s clear that you’re not interested in taking the easy way out.
A better life starts with better habits. And one of the greatest things to do to better your life is to make more of an effort to complain less.
That doesn’t mean you have to be gracious for everything that goes wrong. It does mean, though, that you should focus on a solution instead of the problem.
Seek Out Small Talk
How are you today?
Chances are you read that and answered, ‘Fine thanks, and you?’ in an almost knee-jerk reaction. And it’s a perfectly fine, sufficient answer — even if it isn’t always true.
But it doesn’t exactly leave much room for engagement.
Small talk is something that most people hate with the burning passion of 1,000 fiery suns. Which is kind of understandable, in all honesty.
The problem isn’t so much small talk itself, but the way we’re raised to treat small talk. It’s almost an obstacle of sorts that we need to navigate around to complete our day.
Small talk can be a great opening to new friendships and engaging conversation. Shift your mindset and start thinking of it as a tool of engagement and you’ll find yourself more socially fulfilled and surrounded by friends.
We have some bad news and some good news.
The bad news is that change is a constant. As long as you’re alive, you can expect things to change on a consistent basis.
The good news is that change doesn’t have to be the adversary we often think it is. As a matter of fact, change can often be for the better if you learn to roll with it. Learning to adapt is something that takes time but it’s such a valuable skill to learn.
So next time life throws a surprise your way, greet change like an old friend. You’ll soon find that nothing can rattle you anymore.
Take a moment to look up at everything around you. You’re so very, very fortunate to be who you are in this very moment.
We’re often so caught up in our own lives that we neglect to appreciate what we have until it’s too late. That changes today.
Tonight as you go to bed, take a moment to list all the things you’re thankful for and meditate on your gratitude.
It doesn’t matter how large or small your list is. The very act of practicing gratitude can boost your mental health and set you off on the right path for a better tomorrow.
Attend A Seminar
If you’re someone who struggles with getting started on their own, attending a seminar can be a great way to learn more about self-improvement and meet other like-minded people.
There are thousands of self-improvement seminars around the world, so hit up Google and find a reputable personal development seminar in your area.
Even if you leave the seminar feeling nothing, you’ve still made an effort to improve your life and there’s something to be said for that.
Envision A Happier Future For Yourself
If you can dream it, you can be it.
Okay, okay. So it sounds like a cheesy slogan you’d see on a bumper sticker attached to a car you want to immediately smash into.
But in all seriousness, there’s a ton of power in envisioning a better future for yourself. We are what we think, so think about a positive future for yourself and you’re more likely to attain that great life you’re after.
Learn The Power Of ‘No’
Of course, saying yes to things is a great idea. It can help you discover new opportunities, get out of your comfort zone, and may just make someone’s day.
But make sure that you’re not saying yes at your own personal detriment. You matter, so don’t be afraid to say no. In fact, saying no is one of the best ways to better your life.
Doing so can help you establish personal boundaries and ensure you’re not taken advantage of.
Improve Your Life Today With These Tips
Looking to improve your life? In all honesty, it won’t be easy. It’s going to take time, energy, and a heaping helping of discipline.
But at the end of the day, you only have one life and you should live it to its fullest.
You have the power to change your life for the better, so what are you waiting for?
Get out there and start living your best life! You’re worth it.
And don’t forget to check out our awesome self-improvement archives for more advice to help you get the life you’re after.