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You Think These 10 Things Can Improve Your Life? But They Actually Cannot..

You Think These 10 Things Can Improve Your Life? But They Actually Cannot..

We all want to improve our lives in several ways and dedicate ourselves to certain activities and pursuits that may just lead to that. Though not everything we chase after is for our own good. It is always in our best interests to read between the lines and aim for the facts before making any compromise. Here are 10 things we think can improve our life but which actually cannot.

1. Technology distracts from your real environment

While technology can be beneficial to our work and personal life, it is so easy to become an enthusiast that it could be a distraction to us being happy. Sometimes we do need the space and connections with our immediate environment. Such help us to be more alive and inspired. You should not allow technology to come in between such moments.

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2. Playing the safe zone will keep you stuck

Being cautious and pragmatic can become a constant theme in your life because we are worried about being hurt and victimized. Interestingly, living is about learning as you go. If you keep on playing the safe zone and not taking the shots which you have, you will continue being stuck. Free yourself and take some necessary risks sometimes.

3. Being busy gets in the way of quality time with family and friends

Yes, being busy may be a mark which you reach to try and show everyone that you are serious and hard working. But being busy can be detrimental as there are other elements besides work that make you happy. So stop being busy and spend some time with your friends and family.

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4. Spending too much time on social media leads to addiction

It is great to catch up with old friends and colleagues and sometimes participate in the discussions and gossips. But you should know that this can affect your self-esteem and make you addicted if not properly managed. Rather than spending time on social media, spend such time building personal relationships.

5. Saying Yes to everything that comes your way makes you loose focus

If you want to improve yourself you have to start learning how to say No. It is great to be a part of a lot of activities and relationships. But saying No gives you the time and energy to focus on what it important to you and what truly matters.

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6. Multitasking makes you work less efficiently

Yes, you want to get so much done at once. The problem with multitasking is that it affects your efficiency and output. Multitasking does not help your focus and has a way of stopping you from prioritizing and getting the important things done.

7. Getting less sleep is unhealthy

I have a friend who told me getting less sleep is what he needs to be successful. No one doubts that less sleep gives you more time. But the human mind was designed to recharge and take breaks. Your body needs the needed dose of sleep to function optimally. While you may kick at this idea you should understand what role less sleep plays with your health problems.

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8. Watching TV plays your emotions

You want to watch TV to be entertained and catch up on what is happening globally. However many of these programs or channels are aimed at playing on your emotions. The way around it is to find time to take a break from the TV and find things that will connect your soul rather than your emotions.

9. Trying to be perfect makes you miss the fun

We can’t be perfect. Many people get too serious and work on so much detail they miss the fun of laughing over their mistakes. Don’t let your desires stand in the way of doing what has to be done.

10. Trying to fake being someone you’re not will burn you out

Yes, the fake it until you make it attempt can be hovering you and you want to show the world what they want to see. But such only leaves you empty and burnt out. You have to look inwards and try to be original and realistic as much as possible to face the world.

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Specialized in motivation and personal growth, providing advice to make readers fulfilled and spurred on to achieve all that they desire in life.

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

I’ve stood on the edge of my own personal cliffs many times. Each time I jumped, something different happened. There were risks that started off great, but eventually faded. There were risks that left me falling until I hit the ground. There were risks that started slow, but built into massive successes.

Every risk is different, but every risk is the same. You need to have some fundamentals ready before you jump, but not too many.

It wouldn’t be a risk if you knew everything that was about to happen, would it? Here’re 6 ways to be a successful risk taker.

1. Understand That Failure Is Going to Happen a Lot

It’s part of life. Everything we do has failure attached to it. All successful people have stories of massive failure attached to them. Thinking that your risk is going to be pain free and run as smooth as silk is insane.

Expect some pain and failure. Actually, expect a lot of it. Expect the sleepless nights with crazy thoughts of insecurity that leave you trembling under the covers. It’s going to happen, no matter how positive you are about the risk you are about to take.

When failure hits, the only options are to keep going or quit. If you expect falling into a meadow of flowers and frolicking unicorns, then you’re going to immediately quit once you realize that getting to that meadow requires you to go through a rock filled cave filled with hungry bats.

2. Trust the Muse

Writing a story isn’t a big risk. It’s really just a risk on my time. So when I start writing a story, I’m scared it will be time wasted. Of course, it never really is. Even if the story doesn’t turn out fabulous, I still practiced.

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When I’ve taken risks in my life, the successful ones always seemed to happen when I followed the muse. Steven Pressfield describes the muse,

“The Muse demands depth. Shallow does not work for her. If we’re seeking her help, we can’t stay in the kiddie end. When we work, we have to go hard and go deep.”

The muse is a goddess who wants our attention and wants us to work on our passion.

If you’re taking a risk in anything, it’s assumed that there is some passion built up behind that risk. That passion, deep inside you, is the muse. Trust it, focus on it, listen to it.

The most successful articles and stories I write are the ones I’ve focused all my attention on. There were no interruptions during their creative development. I didn’t check my phone or go watch my Twitter feed. I was fully engaged in my work.

Trust the muse, focus your attention on your risk, let the ideas and path develop themselves, and leave the distractions at the side of the road.

3. Remember to Be Authentic

Taking a risk and then turning into something you’re not, is only going to lead to disaster. Whether you are risking a new relationship or new opportunity, you must be yourself throughout the entire process.

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How many times have you acted like you loved something just because the men or woman you just started going out with loved it?

For example, I’m not an office worker. I have an incredibly hard time working in a confined timeline (ie. 9-5). That’s why I write. I can do it whenever the mood strikes, I don’t have somebody breathing down my neck, telling me that I’m five minutes late, or missed a comma somewhere. I don’t have to walk on eggshells wondering if what I’m writing will get me fired or make me lose a promotion. I can just be myself, period.

One girlfriend didn’t understand that. She believed solely in the 9-5 motto, specifically something in human resources because that was a very stable job. I was scared for my future, but I stuck with the relationship because of my own insecurities and acted like I would do it to make her happy.

Here’s a tip: NEVER take away from your happiness to make somebody else satisfied (note I didn’t say happy).

Making somebody else happy will make you happy. Doing something to satisfy somebody is murder on your soul.

4. Don’t Take Any Risks While You’re Not Clearheaded

I’d been considering the risk for a couple weeks. It all sounded good. I was 22 and I could be rich in a couple of years. That’s what they were selling me, anyways.

One night, while at a house party with some friends, I found myself at a computer. A couple of my friends were standing nearby and asked me what I was doing. I told them I was considering starting my own business and it was only going to cost me $1,500.

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Of course, when a bunch of drunk people are surrounded by more drunk people, things get enthusiastic. It sounded like the best business venture in the world to everybody, including me. So I signed up and gave them my credit card number.

A few painful months and close to $4,000 dollars lost later, I quit the business. I was young and fell into the pyramid scheme trap. It was an expensive drunk decision.

Drinking heavily and making decisions has a proven track record of failure. So when you have something important to decide, don’t let your emotions take over your brain.

5. Fully Understand What You’re Risking

It was the start of my baseball comeback. I got a tryout with a professional scout and killed it. After the tryout, he talked to my girlfriend and myself, making sure we understood I would be gone for up to 6 months at a time. That strain on the relationship could be tough.

We understood. I left to play ball, chose to stay in the city I played in, and a year later we broke up. Not because of baseball, see point 3 above. Taking big risks can have massive impacts on everything in your life from relationships to money. Know what you’re risking before you take the risk.

If you believe the risk will be worth it or you have the support you need from your family, then go ahead and make the leap.

You can get more guidance on how to take calculated risks from this article: How to Take Calculated Risk to Achieve More and Become Successful

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6. Remember This Is Your One Shot Only

As far as we know officially, this is our one shot at life, so why not take some risks?

The top thing people are saddened by on their deathbeds are these regrets. They wish they did more, asked that girl in the coffee shop out, spoke out when they should have, or did what they were passionate about.

Don’t regret. Learn and experience. Live. Take the risks you believe in. Be yourself and make the world a better place.

Now go ahead, take that risk and be successful at it!

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