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Change Your Life Forever With 10 Actionable Steps

Change Your Life Forever With 10 Actionable Steps

Life is the ultimate journey of unforeseen twists and turns, ups and downs. Focusing too greatly on its negative aspects only prolongs a sense of dissatisfaction and misfortune.

Excitingly, nothing in life stays the same forever. In fact, it has the potential to radically change for the better, by just stepping outside and interacting with the world.

But rather than simply waiting for your fortune to unfold, why not take fate into your own hands? While we cannot control everything, our thoughts and actions will dramatically influence our destiny.

Ready to try this for yourself? Follow these 10 empowering steps and you could just change your life forever!

1. Change Your Self-belief – Change Your Reality

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    Our minds help us perceive the world around us and as a result, our reality. Over time, we develop strong self-beliefs, some which support us and others that hold us back. Ultimately, they can reflect heavily upon our perception of reality, clouding and restricting us.

    Re-wiring limiting/negative beliefs to work in your favour can provide you with a sense of freedom, limitlessness. Identify the greatest self-beliefs that hold you back. Disregard them and adopt new ones that support, empower, motivate you.

    2. Climb One Step At a Time – Attainable Short-term Goals

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      There’s an unbeatable sense of triumph and fulfilment that comes from achieving personal goals. Witnessing progress and feeling transformations naturally fuels us with the motivation we need to continue.

      Take advantage of this powerful mind-hack by setting an ascending series of small short-term goals. Set achievable milestones that progressively stack up to reach your ultimate goals.

      Feel the rush achievement by knowing each goal brings you one step closer to the top!

      3. Dream Big – Gravitate Towards It

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        You need to develop a vision, dream or fantasy of your perfect future. Ask yourself what you truly want out of life, don’t worry if this takes a long time to discover, or changes throughout your life.

        Once you have a dream, make it as vivid as possible, from day-to-day activities down to how you would feel. Most importantly you must start to believe that it will come true.

        When this belief becomes strong enough, it will begin to influence your everyday actions without you even knowing. Once the law of attraction is on your side, you will gravitate towards achieving it!

        4. Take Risks – Overcome Your Fears

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          Fear has always been present in all of us. In the beginning, fear of the unknown served us well as a basic survival instinct. But these days, the fear of failure only holds us back from our true potential.

          Don’t allow fear to trap you in your comfort zone, seek out new discoveries and the wisdom only comes from these experiences. Trust your intuition and take a risk, if you win you will be happy; if you lose you will be wise!

          5. Banish Regrets – Experience a Brighter Future

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            Regret is absolutely useless. It’s negative perception of the past that prevents you from moving on into the future. As we learn through experience it’s natural to make mistakes, lessons learnt the hard way being the strongest!

            Transform your regrets into life lessons, use them as rich soil from which you can grow. Release yourself from the prison grudges, regrets, and bad feelings, you will reach a brighter future!

            6. Align Yourself With Those on Similar Paths – Succeed Together

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              Take notice and avoid anyone who discourages, dissuades or holds you back from your aspirations. Secretly, many of these people do not want you to succeed out of jealousy.

              Seek out and align yourself people who hold the same values you do. You’ll be amazed how they will make an effort to help, empower and motivate you to reach success together.

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              Look out for clubs, groups or even online forums where you can share accountability and help each other, it will significantly strengthen your resolve!

              7. Change What You Can – Accept What Cannot Be Changed

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                There few things in life that simply cannot be changed, an event such as losing your job can be painful. But since this cannot be changed, why dwell? Accept it, learn from it, allow it to make you a better person!

                In other cases, we get stuck even though change is still within reach. For example, if you are happy with your bodyweight, it’s totally within your control. Spring into action by learning how to change it, working on it and sweating it out!

                If it’s out of your control, accept and own it. If it’s within your control, get up and change it!

                8. Practice a Discipline – Express Yourself

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                  Spending time on yourself or your interest is both rewarding and revitalizing for the soul. It’s not just about having fun, many interests and hobbies also offer great benefits for the mind and body.

                  Follow your calling, challenge yourself physically or mentally. These activities are therapeutic and bound to bring interesting opportunities into your life!

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                  9. Experiment & Try New Things

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                    There’s a certain level of comfort from perfecting our daily cycles and routines. While it’s essential to keep us on track and productive, we should not become robotic!

                    Our creativity is fuelled by breaking out of these cycle, exploring outside of the box and indulging curiosity. Be willing to experiment and try out new things, life will reveal many fantastic discoveries!

                    10. Broaden Your Social Horizons

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                      No matter how introverted you feel you are, you can benefit greatly from social interactions. The mere act of talking to  another can instantly bring us out of our heads and ground us in the present moment.

                      Mixing with different social circles and meeting new people will broaden your mind and expand your current thinking. Speaking with people with different perspectives and backgrounds will teach you more about life than you ever imagined!

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                      Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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