1. Start spending time with the right people.
These are the people you enjoy, who love and appreciate you, and who encourage you to improve in healthy and exciting ways. They are the ones who make you feel more alive, and not only embrace who you are now, but also embrace and em-body who you want to be, unconditionally.
2. Start facing your problems head on.
It isn’t your problems that define you, but how you react to them and recover from them. Problems will not disappear unless you take action. Do what you can, when you can, and acknowledge what you’ve done. It’s all about taking baby steps in the right direction, inch by inch. These inches count, they add up to yards and miles in the long run.
3. Start being honest with yourself about everything.
Be honest about what’s right, as well as what needs to be changed. Be honest about what you want to achieve and who you want to become. Be honest with every aspect of your life, always. Because you are the one person you can forever count on. Search your soul, for the truth, so that you truly know who you are. Once you do, you will have a better understanding of where you are now and how you got here, and you’ll be better equipped to identify where you want to go and how to get there.
4. Start making your own happiness a priority.
Your needs matter. If you don’t value yourself, look out for yourself, and stick up for yourself, you’re sabotaging yourself. Remember, it is possible to take care of your own needs while simultaneously caring for those around you. And once your needs are met, you will likely be far more capable of helping those who need you the most.
5. Start being yourself, genuinely and proudly.
Trying to be anyone else is a waste of the person you are. Be yourself. Embrace that individual inside you that has ideas, strength and beauty like no one else. Be the person you know yourself to be- the best version of you- on your terms. Above all, be true to you, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.
6. Start noticing and living in the present.
Right now is a miracle. Right now is the only moment guaranteed to you. Right now is life. So stop thinking about how great things will be in the future. Stop dwelling on what did or didn’t happen in the past. Learn to be in the ‘here and now’ and experience life as it’s happening. Appreciate the world for the beauty that it holds, right now.
7. Start valuing the lessons your mistakes teach you.
Mistakes are okay, they are the stepping stones of progress. If you’re not failing from time to time, you’re not trying hard enough and you’re not learning. Take risks, stumble, fall and then get up and try again. Appreciate that you are pushing yourself, learning, growing and improving. Significant achievements are almost invariably realized at the end of a long road of failures. One of the ‘mistakes ‘ you fear might just be the link to your greatest achievements yet.
8. Start being more polite to yourself.
If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way you sometimes speak to yourself, how long will you allow that person to be your friend? The way you treat yourself sets the standards for others. You must love who you are or no one else will.
9. Start enjoying the things you already have.
The problem with many of us is that we think we will be happy when we reach a certain level in life- a level we see others operating at- your boss with her corner office, that friend of a friend who owns a mansion on the beach, etc. Unfortunately, it takes awhile before you get there and when you get there, you’ll likely have a new destination in mind. You’ll end up spending your whole life working toward something new without ever stopping to enjoy the things you have now. So take a quiet moment every morning to appreciate where you are and what you already have.
10. Start creating your own happiness.
If you’re waiting for someone else to make you happy, you are missing out. Smile because you can. Choose happiness. Be the change you want to see in the world. Be happy with who you are now and let your positivity inspire your journey into tomorrow. Happiness is often found when and where you decide to seek it. If you look for happiness within the opportunities you have, you will eventually find it. But if you constantly look for something else, unfortunately, you’ll find that too.
11. Start giving your ideas and dreams a chance.
In life, it’s rarely about getting a chance, it’s about taking a chance. You’ll never be 100% sure it will work, but you can always be 100% sure doing nothing won’t work. Most of the time you just have to go for it!
And no matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be. Either you succeed or learn something. Win- Win.
12. Stay believing that you are ready for the next step.
You are ready! Think about it. You have everything you need right now to take the next small, realistic step forward. So embrace the opportunities that come your way, and accept the challenges-they’re gifts that will help you to grow.
13. Start entering new relationships for the right reasons.
Enter new relationship with dependable, honest people who reflect the person you are and the person you want to be. Choose friends you are proud to know, people you admire, who show you love and respect- people who reciprocate your kindness and commitment. And pay attention to what people do, because a person’s actions are much more important than their words or how others represent them.
14. Start giving new people you meet a chance.
It sounds harsh, but you cannot keep every friend you’ve ever made. People and priorities change. As some relationships fade, others will grow. Appreciate the possibility of new relationships as you naturally let go of old ones that no longer work. Trust your judgment. Embrace new relationships, knowing that you’re entering into unfamiliar territory. Be ready to learn, be ready for a challenge, and be ready to meet someone that might just change your life forever.
15. Start cheering for other people’s victories.
Start noticing what you like about others and tell them. Having an appreciation for how amazing the people around you are leads to good places- productive, fulfilling, peaceful places. So be happy for those who are making progress. Cheer for their victories. Be thankful for their blessings, openly. What goes around comes around, and sooner or later, the people you are cheering for will start cheering for you.
Article culled from www.marcandangel.com “30 things you need to start doing for yourself”.
PS: Put me in your Prayers, I’m strong by HIS grace.