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5 Ways To Live A Life People Will Remember You By

5 Ways To Live A Life People Will Remember You By

From the moment we realize that we have the power to leave a positive impact on the world, we want to give ourselves every chance to do so. We’re so busy with every day life though that we forget to make our lives rewarding. One day when we’re gone, we hope that people think back to good things we’ve done.

There are five categories of activities we can do that help us aspire to be remembered. They are:

  • Social
  • Personal
  • Physical
  • Spiritual
  • Mental

Let’s go through how each of these five categories can help us live a life that people would want to remember us by with a few examples.

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Social: Touch People’s Lives

The next time you go to a store, have a look at the name tag for the person who’s serving you. That name tag isn’t there just to look pretty. To you, that person might just be there to be a convenience.

However, they have their own hopes and dreams. They might be secretly waiting for someone to reach out to them and see them as more than someone who simply gives change. Say their name and watch the shock come across their face. Maybe they might suddenly smile. It’s amazing how much a simple acknowledgement can make someone come alive.

Personal: Look After Yourself

You are unique. You might not feel that way when people are all around you and you’re made to fit into a certain mold. You might have loved doing something when you were younger, but then let it fall away once you became an adult.

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What if that was meant to be the thing that you were doing all along? What if that’s what gave your life meaning. If there’s one thing I could recommend, that would be to write. Some people blog, someone people write in a diary. Some people write books. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to escape the horrors of WWI. What came out of that? The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy.

Physical: Your Body Is Your Ferrari

Our bodies are all that we’ve got. Whatever we’re born with we’ve got to use the best out of our ability. Some people try to blame their race. Maybe they’re not slender enough, tall enough, big enough, heavy enough or something else. Blaming is for people who don’t have any accountability for their success. They’re the types that will be forgotten in history.

The visualization that I use is that all of our bodies are Ferraris. They’re sleek, powerful, fast and sexy. We might not be anywhere near that right now. Our bodies could be caked in fat and have bad skin. We could be shoveling poor quality fuel into our systems and be outputting some nasty fumes too.

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But if we believe that our bodies are already a Ferrari and that we simply have to chisel out the definition and fix the transmission and engine, then we will be on our way from being a mediocre nobody to someone who evolved to keep up with his or her mindset.

Spiritual: Look After Your Being

Who are we really? We have such a sure sense of self but in reality, we’re just a bag of bones encased in muscle, skin and flesh. A self-conscious and -aware brain is running the game, sending signals and hormones coursing through our body to suit its needs.

You might have never thought about it that way, but that’s the reality of who we are – on a corporal level anyway. On a spiritual level, we have a sense of self and feel like the world contains meaning. We all have something that makes our spirit sing. Do that and do it honestly, whole-heartedly and powerfully. Recognition and being remembered will come with that.

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Mental: Your Mind Is Your Control Center

Our minds tell us what to do. If you think about it, they actually called themselves “the brain”, so they know more than we give them credit for. The key is to be aware of this. Some people let emotions get in the way of things and this causes the brain to misfire.

There have been some magnificent insights into different fields due to focused thought. If you have an idea that resonates with people, you can be remembered for a long, long time… as long as the idea stays relevant.

So there you have it, five ways to live a life that people will remember you by. Which way will you choose to make an impact on this world?

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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