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7 Simple Tricks to Jumpstart Major Lifestyle Changes

7 Simple Tricks to Jumpstart Major Lifestyle Changes

Nowadays, there are a lot of people who feel unhappy. They seem unsatisfied with their lives in general and, although most of them can actually change that all on their own, as there are no other factors that hold us back but ourselves, they somehow choose not to. But, how can you blame them? Turning your life around is not a simple thing.

It takes dedication and persistence. You have to learn to love yourself more in order to be happier. For most people, the problem lies in their tendencies to enter their comfort zones and never ever step out of them. Additionally, they don’t really think about their lives, and they never try to analyze what bothers them; to pinpoint the exact things that have a negative effect on them or those that work in a good way.

Making the first step is usually the most difficult thing, and once you get that done, everything will go easier from there. In this post, I will try to talk about the things you can do to motivate yourself in order to stick with the new things in your life.

People are complacent, and we all need a spark to jumpstart progress and to keep us motivated during those first few months, while you are still getting used to all the changes. Here are the things you can do to make this process easier and finally make the changes you want.

Before you start doing anything, the first thing you should do is to set your goals.

1. Don’t think too much, but act

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    One of the biggest reasons why a lot of people don’t go through with their changes is that they overthink everything. Sometimes, simplicity is essential. Just think about it. When was the last time you thought about doing something but decided not to go through with it? Did you think that it was a good idea, but then you started to dig deeper, and suddenly a lot of obstacles started piling up and, soon enough, you gave up on that idea?

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    Picturing the obstacles in your head can be a good thing if you do this for the sake of preparation, but a lot of us just put stress on ourselves. We invoke negativity that ultimately drives us away from actually doing something. Every drastic change that seriously affects our lifestyle takes time, and we tend to go through all the possible scenarios in our head, all at once.

    This becomes overwhelming and a person can easily get scared when they realize the volume of the work and effort they must put in. Additionally, when a person is unsatisfied with their life, chances are that there is not much motivation there for doing new things. By overthinking, that person will only get negative results.

    Instead of doing this, you should immediately get to it and start doing the things you think are good for you, without putting in much thought. Bit by bit, you will accomplish a lot. These small victories will motivate you even further. No one can predict the future. Things simply happen, and it is out of your control.

    2. Creating a morning routine

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      Every day starts by getting up in the morning (like you didn’t know that already…); but seriously, it is important that you start your day right so that you can build on it with a winning attitude. You might not think that this is so important (neither did I), but once I started doing exactly what helps me wake up and get a positive flow running first thing in the morning, my everyday challenges became a lot easier.

      Regardless of your current occupation, a good morning routine will help you do better. Now, don’t be scared thinking that “a morning routine” is something terrifying and serious. No, it’s just defining the “rituals” that have a positive effect on you in the morning. For example, turn on some music straight away, open your windows to feel the sun, do some exercises, etc.

      Simply put, whatever helps you wake up your mind and body without annoying you is a good thing. If you have a partner or a spouse, a quickie in the morning to get the blood flowing through your body is an excellent choice. It will most definitely improve your mood. There’s nothing better than some sweet lovin’ in the mornin’.

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      3. Make a deal with another person

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        Usually there are certain lifestyle changes that your family members, friends, or partners want to make as well. If you have somebody who has the same issues as you do, it’s generally a good idea to try and do this together. By partnering up, you will support each other and find it easier to make that essential first step.

        A lot of people can’t make a change because they haven’t done something new for a long time and they have barriers in their head that seem too great to overcome. However, when you share the same troubles with someone else who is in a similar position, both of you will have an easier time making the important first step.

        However, it’s essential that you first make a deal with each other and agree on the exact date when you’ll start doing the activities you both share a passion for. This is your safety net, and it directly reduces the chances of you changing your mind. Why? Simply because we tend not to have much against being dishonest with ourselves, but most good people try to do their best to honor the deals they’ve made with others, especially if they are close to them.

        4. Get the Pocket Yoga app

        I think that the name itself explains pretty much everything. Pocket Yoga is an app which connects practicing yoga with your mobile device. This simple tool features pretty much all the yoga exercises you need. You can choose exercises based on the time needed to finish them, their difficulty level, and type.

        Yoga is one of the best ways to get the exercise you need for a strong posture, a healthy body, and to absorb the positive energy that will fuel your everyday success. It has all the instructions you need, and if you haven’t done any yoga in the past, there are simple exercises to start with.

        With this app, you can incorporate yoga in your busy schedule.

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        5. Cherish your life

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          The modern lifestyle we live can make us forget about how great it is just to be alive, and because of the fact that we have so much information available to us, we focus on other people’s lives instead of our own. Take a moment to sit down and think about your life and focus on the things you have instead of thinking about what others have.

          Looking at the options you have and the things that make you happy can stimulate you to build on them. No matter who your role models are and what they have, they also got there by putting in the effort. It’s important that you adopt a winning mindset and accept challenges instead of sitting back and thinking about how things would have gone if your life had been different.

          6. Accept failure as a normal thing

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            The first thing you should do is to accept all the failures that you had in the past and deal with them. Nobody is perfect—we all make mistakes—but those who do manage to accomplish their goals are the ones who keep moving forward, who learn new things, and who don’t let their defeats drag them down. This might sound like a cliché, but it’s true. Things don’t always have to be complicated. After you’re through with this, focus on the future and the goals you want to achieve.

            Accepting failure is also important. You might wonder “why should I plan for failure if I’m trying to accomplish something?” This is a good question. By accepting failure, I don’t mean that you should give up on your goals, but to accept the fact that there will be difficulties along the way. If you fail with one method, try a better one, or learn from your mistakes and don’t let them happen to you again.

            By preparing for failure, it will be easier to move on and you won’t be so scared of it, meaning that you will have more courage to invest yourself in changing your lifestyle.

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            7. Get out into the world

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              Sitting at home in front of your computer or TV won’t do you ANY good if you are frustrated with your life. The longer you do this, the more difficult it will be for you to get out there and do something for yourself. Get out, spend time with your friends, meet new people, organize camping trips in nature, climb mountains…Experience life and share stories with people.

              Sometimes all you need can be given to you by another human being and all the answers you seek might be next to you, but you have to be willing to listen. Sometimes it’s just better to stop worrying about the changes you haven’t made. Will and motivation will come on their own. Clear your head, especially when leaving the city and experiencing the calming ways of nature.

              If you do at least half of the aforementioned things and try to understand them completely, I guarantee you that you will start to make serious steps towards achieving the life you want to have. The important thing is to break the procrastination cycle you locked yourself into and to change the way you think.

              Featured photo credit: https://www.pexels.com/u/leah-kelley-50725/ via pexels.com

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              41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

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              Some things in life are hard to describe, yet we can recognize them when we see them.

              Love is one of those things.

              True love comes in many different forms, but here are some that many of us know well.

              True love means supporting those who can’t support themselves

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                A young man comforts his date in Times Square, New York City. Image by mbtrama

                strong hug

                  A young man holds his significant other close to him. Image by Brad Fults

                  running help

                    A young track competitor helps one of her injured opponents over the finish line. Image from ViralNova.com

                    feeding kitten

                      A soldier in the Korean War takes time to feed a baby kitten. Image from US Naval Insititute

                      It’s having the perfect selfie partner

                      mom and daughter selfie

                        A mother and her daughter take a selfie together. Image by Andrew Fysh

                        girlfriends

                          Two young girls pose for the camera. Image by Rolands Lakis

                          selfies

                            A happy couple takes a picture together. Image by Kayla Heineman

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                            selfie

                              Two best friends take a selfie together. Image by Jason Wahido

                              dude selfie

                                Friends take a selfie together. Image by Glenn Scofield Williams

                                It’s all the warm fuzzies

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                                  A young man spends time with his dog on a beach. Image by Magdalena Roeseler

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                                    A pet owner hugs his dog while on a day trip in San Francisco. Image by Taro the Shiba Inu

                                    It means having a friend to photobomb you

                                    photobomb

                                      A boy makes a funny face as he poses for a picture with his brother. Image by Michael Bentley

                                      old man photobomb

                                        A man photobombs his wife while their grandson snaps a picture. Image by Frank

                                        family photobomb

                                          Family members photobomb their relatives’ Thanksgiving day family photo. Image by Beth Scupham

                                          boyfriend photobomb

                                            A friend photobombs the photographer and their friend, the woman in the foreground of this photo. Image by Lachlan Hardy

                                            True love means being there even when life gets unbearably hard

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                                            shoulder to cry on

                                              A family watches the Vermont National Guard depart for Afghanistan. Image by The U.S. Army

                                              flood dog

                                                During a monsoon in the Philippines, a boy carries his dog to safety. Image by Romeo Ranoco

                                                A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens

                                                  A man helps a woman out of her vehicle during a flood in Chalandri, Greece. Image by John Kolesidis

                                                  lunch

                                                    A woman has lunch with her husband every day, even after he’s passed away. Image from ViralNova.com

                                                    hug

                                                      A woman hugs the mother of 6-year-old Noah Ponzer, who was one of the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. Image by Spencer Platt

                                                      rubble

                                                        An Oklahoma couple pauses while trying to salvage belongings from a family member’s home after a tornado. Image by Adrees Latif

                                                        sister and brother

                                                          A girl puts her arm around her little brother as they wait outside of Sandy Hook Elementary after gunshots are fired. Image by Reuters.

                                                          headstone

                                                            A woman sits at her husband’s grave the day before their wedding anniversary. Image from NBC news

                                                            It means taking the time for long goodbyes

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                                                              A man says goodbye to his son before deploying. Image by Official U.S. Navy Page

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                                                              national guard goodbye

                                                                A South Carolina man says goodbye to his son before deploying for Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                                saying goodbye

                                                                  A Sergeant hugs both of his sons before being deployed to Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                                  And cherishing reunions

                                                                  husband home

                                                                    A woman hugs her husband as she sees him for the first time since his deployment to Iraq. Image by The U.S. Army

                                                                    boyfriend home

                                                                      A young  woman hugs her significant other as he returns home for Kuwait. Image by The National Guard

                                                                      mother hug

                                                                        A mother drops to her knees as she hugs her son on her return home from the Persian Gulf. Image by The National Guard

                                                                        True love is letting yourself feel young when they’re around

                                                                        elderly women

                                                                          Two friends on their smartphones. Image by Robert Neff

                                                                          feeling young

                                                                            A young couple getting their picture taken. Image by db Photograph

                                                                            sprinkler dad

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                                                                              subway couple

                                                                                A young couple on a subway enjoys sharing time together, while the girlfriend’s father sneaks a photo of them. Image by Gareth Williams

                                                                                wheelchairs

                                                                                  A couple holds hands on a fall day. Image by David Amsler

                                                                                  It’s letting yourself be silly… just because they’ll enjoy it

                                                                                  silly faces

                                                                                    A grandfather makes faces at the camera with his granddaughters. Image by Tim Pierce

                                                                                    vote for pedro

                                                                                      A woman’s father wears a Napoleon Dynamite t-shirt to make his daughter laugh. Image by emdot

                                                                                      True love is allowing yourself to show how you really feel

                                                                                      date night

                                                                                        A young couple kisses in the back of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Image by Derek Key

                                                                                        playing violin

                                                                                          Violinist Nancy Dinovo plays at a memorial service for the victims of 9/11. Image by Christopher Morris

                                                                                          True love is timeless

                                                                                          old friends

                                                                                            Friends spending some time together. Image by Cristian Bortes

                                                                                            sitting around a fire

                                                                                              A group of friends sits around a campfire eating. Image by New Old Stock

                                                                                              elderly couple

                                                                                                An elderly couple walks down a street together. Image by Matteo Paciotti

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