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5 Positive Ways to Shake Up Your Life

5 Positive Ways to Shake Up Your Life

Sometimes, a life that is peaceful, calm and uneventful can unexpectedly end up feeling stressed. You might feel a void because you’re not accomplishing anything new. You might start feeling worried about your current situation and wonder what disaster is around the corner.

Some people are fine with the mundane. But for those craving some excitement or personal growth, certain major life changes can give you valuable lessons that create a permanent positive life shift,  making you a happier person.

According to Psychology Today, the only way positive change can happen in your life is to make choices. Yes, there are always risks involved with every decision you make, but the payoff comes in the accomplishment you’ll feel during the journey. Even if the outcome isn’t exactly like you anticipated. As outlined in this article on how to conquer fear and make a change, going after something new is as much about the process as it is the result.

If you feel like you’re in a rut and are looking for a positive way to add depth to your life, here are five ideas.

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1. Further Your Education

If you’ve always dreamed of getting a new degree, it may be more within your reach than you think. Online educational programs make it more manageable for professionals to study on their own schedule. Many employers will even fund at least part of a higher education if it pertains to the role.

Studying something completely new may lead to career changes that are more rewarding. You’ll also connect with potential new friends and learn subjects you may have never considered pursuing. This may lead to new discoveries or life decisions that help you attain more personal growth.

2. Go on Your Dream Vacation

Travel is one of the best investments you can make in yourself. Exposure to a new places, cultures, and people make you more aware of your personal qualities and how you interact with others. This also teaches you to be thankful for your current home base and the abundance you have been blessed with.

Traveling to your dream destination doesn’t have to break the bank. You can even stay somewhere for free with a service such as Couchsurfing. Before you hit your destination, look into deals sites like Groupon to score discounts on restaurants and excursions, and research free activities, such as nature walks or festivals.

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    3. Face Your Fear

    Stepping outside of your comfort zone is essential to achieve growth and transformation, reports Psychology Today. Facing a fear provides many benefits including:

    • A sense of accomplishment
    • Courage to go after new goals
    • Lasting increased confidence

    Some fears maybe even hindering you professionally. For example, a fear of public speaking may make you less likely to go after executive positions that require talking to groups, even if you’d excel at all other parts of that role. In such cases, try taking a public speaking course to help you conquer that fear. To push the boundaries of what you think is capable in your life, perform the activity you fear, such as skydiving or bungee jumping if you’re scared of heights.

    4. Move to a New City

    Whether it’s a change of climate, population size, scenery, or culture, moving away from your home helps break the monotony of daily routine.

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    If you have a job where you work remotely or do much of your work online, you may be able to stay with your company and make the leap. Some countries, such as Australia, have extensive work-holiday visa programs that are welcoming to new residents for up to a year.

    Having an employee who works in a different country allows a company to potentially add a new exotic location to their list of “global offices.” Talking about your dreams to move somewhere else may be seen as beneficial to your job. So don’t be afraid to share your thoughts with your supervisor to see what your options are.

    5. Volunteer

    There are so many worthy causes to donate your time to; from working at an animal shelter with cute animals to helping disadvantaged youngsters as a tutor. A study published by the American Psychological Association found those who volunteered regularly were less likely to develop hypertension than non-volunteers.

    Volunteering doesn’t just help those you’re working with — it helps you focus on a positive task, which eliminates stressful thoughts. This makes you more appreciative of what you have in your own life while giving you a satisfying feeling of accomplishment.

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    Ready to make a move? The American Psychological Association recommends making a plan for your change and asking for support to increase chances of fulfillment. Use these techniques when you want to do something different in your life or to set a goal for personal growth. Embrace the uncertainties you face, and have the confidence you can handle whatever comes your way.

    Featured photo credit: life changes via shutterstock.com

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    Last Updated on February 15, 2019

    Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

    Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

    In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

    And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

    Why is goal setting important?

    1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

    Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

    For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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    Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

    After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

    So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

    2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

    The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

    The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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    We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

    What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

    3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

    We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

    Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

    But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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    What you truly want and need

    Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

    Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

    Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

    When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

    Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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    Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

    Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

    Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

    The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

    It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

    Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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