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10 Signs Your Life is On Track- Even If You Feel Like There’s Something Holding You Back

10 Signs Your Life is On Track- Even If You Feel Like There’s Something Holding You Back

People think that happiness is found in the external things in life.

They forget that the key to becoming what they want to be, and to achieving the satisfaction they desire, is from what they already possess inside themselves. They are anxious for the things they have not achieved or gained- rather than building on what they currently have.

Channeling your energy into the present can place your life on track and push away all the negative thoughts and fears surrounding you.

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You may feel that certain things are holding you back, but you only have to check out these signs to know if you are on track to becoming the success you want to be:

1. You are not envious of others

You are content with your position in life and so you are not consumed with envy. Rather than compare yourself with others, you are interested in seeing them make their goals happen too. In fact you are willing to lend a hand in helping them to achieve what they want to achieve. You can find the good in others and see them as fellow game-changers, and this rubs off on you positively.

2. You get a good night’s sleep

You sleep well. You are not addicted to painkillers and sleeping pills. You know that you have plenty of reasons to be at peace with yourself. You are not consumed in fear and worries; even when things are challenging, you know everything will work out for the best.

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3. You are guilt-free

You can accept forgiveness and apologize to those you have wronged. You also know that you don’t have any reason to hold grudges. You are focused on mending fences rather than building obstacles that prevent you from having functional relationships. Thus, you are guilt-free and don’t feel the need to become obsessive about potential problems when people don’t behave as well as they could towards you.

4. You value yourself

You know that you matter. Because your self-esteem is in check, you worry less about what others think about you. You know that you are essential to the success of your environment, relationships and career. You are not looking for validation elsewhere: you already have found it within yourself.

5. You believe that the future will take care of itself

You know the future will handle itself, so you know you don’t have to become obsessive about controlling every potential outcome. You are not nervous or anxious about it. Whatever is happening to you now is simply a stepping stone to get you to where you should be. Rather than being consumed in fear about uncertain situations, you focus on the certainty of possibilities arising now and into the future.

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6. You engage in personal growth

Every day you work hard to become a better version of yourself. You are not stuck where you were yesterday. You want to improve and you are eager for change. You live for it and consistently put some effort into making that change happen.

7. You can say “no”

You don’t say “yes” to everything that comes your way. You are selective about how you use your energy and time. You don’t engage in everything that that you are offered because you know this can be wasteful. Rather, you focus on the targets that will make you a more accomplished and satisfied person.

8. You can take charge

You are confident in your abilities. You understand the importance of challenging events as phases of transition and change. You do not get consumed by these external factors, so you are able to focus on the importance of being the person that ultimately accepts responsibility for your own life.

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9. You are driven by the goal of adding value

You want to attain things, but it isn’t just specific results that drive you. Rather, you are concerned with what you can give to make certain outcomes happen. Instead of complaining about what you are receiving, you are fully engaged in what you are giving out to others and the environment around you.

10. You are living- not just waiting

You are not just waiting for things to happen to you. You are living and taking every day one step at a time. In doing so, without desperately searching, you are discovering- and gradually reaching- your destination. Such an awakening allows you to enjoy the present moment, instead of fussing over the places you have not yet reached.

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Last Updated on July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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