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10 Small Things I Do Every Night To Improve My Life

10 Small Things I Do Every Night To Improve My Life

Success is holistic. You don’t leave a lot of things to chance. Instead, you constantly look for areas to improve in your life and get better. One of these areas is how you prepare for your day the night before. Improving your mental attitude and energy level the night before gets your morning started on a high. I have been able to do these things and greatly improve my life.

1. Read

Reading something beneficial before bed improves retention. Whether it is a quality book of fiction or non-fiction, I make sure I energize my brain and keep it fueled with a passion for learning. I want to get the best out of one of the most vital organs of my body, so I take reading before going to bed pretty seriously. By reading, I have become more informed and more alert the next day. Plus, reading a book eases me into a decent nice sleep.

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2. Write

Writing sort of heals my soul. Every post I write has to be done right. I understand that keeping a consistent schedule with my writing makes me a better writer. I write every night to keep the flame of writing burning.

3. Reflect on the day

At night, I finally have the time to score myself on my activities for the day. Did I do great? Where are my lapses? No matter how the day went, I focus on the good and dump the negatives. I keep a journal of appreciation to know what good I have benefited through the day. This reminds me of the many positives in my life whenever I am going through a challenging period.

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4. Plan

What is the next day going to be like? What do I need to accomplish and get going? There is always more to be done. Sometimes writing a to-do-list helps me get organized and prepared for the next day’s activity.

5. Appreciate the loved ones in my life

I appreciate those persons who are closest to me — my family. I tend to take time out to listen and find out what is going on in their lives. Doing this has helped me to stay balanced with my work and personal life.

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6. Eat healthy

I know to achieve optimum performance I have to eat healthy and maintain a pretty decent diet. I drink lots of water, as well as take in lots of vitamins and proteins to get me energized for the following day.

7. Disconnect from work

I tend to stop everything that has to do with work right before I go to bed. I disconnect. No more emails or things that challenge me mentally or get me anxious for the next day. By disconnecting, I can spend time and appreciate my space better.

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8. Picture the success of tomorrow

I try to visualize and keep a mental picture of what my tomorrow will be like. I try to be positive and have a picture that paints optimism, success, and purpose. Visually peering into your next day’s success gives the right mental flow to push in for success.

9. Relax

Relaxation could mean listening to my favorite music or engaging in an interesting conversation with my significant other. By relaxing, I can calm my nerves and excite my brain with something humorous and fun. Who doesn’t need to relax before ending the night?

10. Go to bed early

Many successful people do this. Going to bed early will certainly get your day started early. It also makes you happier and less inclined to worry or get consumed by negative thoughts. After all is said and done, you need a full night’s rest to attain better performance. By going to bed early I have been able to do wonders for my stress level, productivity, performance, and my mood. I also have myself programmed for attacking the next day’s activity early.

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Casey Imafidon

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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