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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

          Freedom Young beautiful woman stretching her arms into the sky enjoy and happy with fresh air at grassland.

            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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              7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

              7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

              Recruiters might hold thousands of interviews in their careers and a lot of them are reporting the same thing—that most candidates play it safe with the questions they ask, or have no questions to ask in a job interview at all.

              For job applicants, this approach is crazy! This is a job that you’re going to dedicate a lot of hours to and that might have a huge impact on your future career. Don’t throw away the chance to figure out if the position is perfect for you.

              Here are 7 killer questions to ask in a job interview that will both impress your counterpart and give you some really useful insights into whether this job will be a dream … or a nightmare.

              1. What are some challenges I might come up against this role?

              A lesser candidate might ask, “what does a typical day look like in this role?” While this is a perfectly reasonable question to ask in an interview, focusing on potential challenges takes you much further because it indicates that you already are visualizing yourself in the role.

              It’s impressive because it shows that you are not afraid of challenges, and you are prepared to strategize a game plan upfront to make sure you succeed if you get the job.

              It can also open up a conversation about how you’ve solved problems in the past which can be a reassuring exercise for both you and the hiring manager.

              How it helps you:

              If you ask the interviewer to describe a typical day, you may get a vibrant picture of all the lovely things you’ll get to do in this job and all the lovely people you’ll get to do them with.

              Asking about potential roadblocks means you hear the other side of the story—dysfunctional teams, internal politics, difficult clients, bootstrap budgets and so on. This can help you decide if you’re up for the challenge or whether, for the sake of your sanity, you should respectfully decline the job offer.

              2. What are the qualities of really successful people in this role?

              Employers don’t want to hire someone who goes through the motions; they want to hire someone who will excel.

              Asking this question shows that you care about success, too. How could they not hire you with a dragon-slayer attitude like that?

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              How it helps you:

              Interviewers hire people who are great people to work with, but the definition of “great people” differs from person to person.

              Does this company hire and promote people with a specific attitude, approach, worth ethic or communication style? Are the most successful people in this role strong extroverts who love to talk and socialize when you are studious and reserved? Does the company reward those who work insane hours when you’re happiest in a more relaxed environment?

              If so, then this may not be the right match for you.

              Whatever the answer is, you can decide whether you have what it takes for the manager to be happy with your performance in this role. And if the interviewer has no idea what success looks like for this position, this is a sign to proceed with extreme caution.

              3. From the research I did on your company, I noticed the culture really supports XYZ. Can you tell me more about that element of the culture and how it impacts this job role?

              Of course, you could just ask “what is the culture like here? ” but then you would miss a great opportunity to show that you’ve done your research!

              Interviewers give BIG bonus point to those who read up and pay attention, and you’ve just pointed out that (a) you’re diligent in your research (b) you care about the company culture and (c) you’re committed to finding a great cultural fit.

              How it helps you:

              This question is so useful because it lets you pick an element of the culture that you really care about and that will have the most impact on whether you are happy with the organization.

              For example, if training and development is important to you, then you need to know what’s on offer so you don’t end up in a dead-end job with no learning opportunities.

              Companies often talk a good talk, and their press releases may be full of shiny CSR initiatives and all the headline-grabbing diversity programs they’re putting in place. This is your opportunity to look under the hood and see if the company lives its values on the ground.

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              A company that says it is committed to doing the right thing by customers should not judge success by the number of up-sells an employee makes, for instance. Look for consistency, so you aren’t in for a culture shock after you start.

              4. What is the promotion path for this role, and how would my performance on that path be measured?

              To be clear, you are not asking when you will get promoted. Don’t go there—it’s presumptuous, and it indicates that you think you are better than the role you have applied for.

              A career-minded candidate, on the other hand, usually has a plan that she’s working towards. This question shows you have a great drive toward growth and advancement and an intention to stick with the company beyond your current state.

              How it helps you:

              One word: hierarchy.

              All organizations have levels of work and authority—executives, upper managers, line managers, the workforce, and so on. Understanding the hierarchical structure gives you power, because you can decide if you can work within it and are capable of climbing through its ranks, or whether it will be endlessly frustrating to you.

              In a traditional pyramid hierarchy, for example, the people at the bottom tend to have very little autonomy to make decisions. This gets better as you rise up through the pyramid, but even middle managers have little power to create policy; they are more concerned with enforcing the rules the top leaders make.

              If having a high degree of autonomy and accountability is important to you, you may do better in a flat hierarchy where work teams can design their own way of achieving the corporate goals.

              5. What’s the most important thing the successful candidate could accomplish in their first 3 months/6 months/year?

              Of all the questions to ask in a job interview, this one is impressive because it shows that you identify with and want to be a successful performer, and not just an average one.

              Here, you’re drilling down into what the company needs, and needs quite urgently, proving that you’re all about adding value to the organization and not just about what’s in it for you.

              How it helps you:

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              Most job descriptions come with 8, 10 or 12 different job responsibilities and a lot of them with be boilerplate or responsibilities that someone in HR thinks are associated with this role. This question gives you a better sense of which responsibilities are the most important—and they may not be what initially attracted you to the role.

              If you like the idea of training juniors, for example, but success is judged purely on your sales figures, then is this really the job you thought you were applying for?

              This question will also give you an idea of what kind of learning curve you’re expected to have and whether you’ll get any ramp-up time before getting down to business. If you’re the type of person who likes to jump right in and get things done, for instance, you may not be thrilled to hear that you’re going to spend the first three months shadowing a peer.

              6. What do you like about working here?

              This simple question is all about building rapport with the interviewer. People like to talk about themselves, and the interviewer will be flattered that you’re interested in her opinions.

              Hopefully, you’ll find some great connection points that the two of you share. What similar things drive you head into the office each day? How will you fit into the culture?

              How it helps you:

              You can learn a lot from this question. Someone who genuinely enjoys his job will be able to list several things they like, and their answers will sound passionate and sincere. If not….well, you might consider that a red flag.

              Since you potentially can learn a lot about the company culture from this question, it’s a good idea to figure out upfront what’s important to you. Maybe you’re looking for a hands-off boss who values independent thought and creativity? Maybe you work better in environments that move at a rapid, exciting pace?

              Whatever’s important to you, listen carefully and see if you can find any common ground.

              7. Based on this interview, do you have any questions or concerns about my qualifications for the role?

              What a great closing question to ask in a job interview! It shows that you’re not afraid of feedback—in fact, you are inviting it. Not being able to take criticism is a red flag for employers, who need to know that you’ll act on any “coaching moments” with a good heart.

              As a bonus, asking this question shows that you are really interested in the position and wish to clear up anything that may be holding the company back from hiring you.

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              How it helps you:

              What a devious beast this question is! On the surface, it looks straightforward, but it’s actually giving you four key pieces of information.

              First, is the manager capable of giving you feedback when put on the spot like this? Some managers are scared of giving feedback, or don’t think it’s important enough to bother outside of a formal performance appraisal. Do you want to work for a boss like that? How will you improve if no one is telling you what you did wrong?

              Second, can the manager give feedback in a constructive way without being too pillowy or too confrontational? It’s unfair to expect the interviewer to have figured out your preferred way of receiving feedback in the space of an interview, but if she come back with a machine-gun fire of shortcomings or one of those corporate feedback “sandwiches” (the doozy slipped between two slices of compliment), then you need to ask yourself, can you work with someone who gives feedback like that?

              Third, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about before you leave the interview. This gives you the chance to make a final, tailored sales pitch so you can convince the interviewer that she should not be worried about those things.

              Fourth, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about period. If turnover is keeping him up at night, then your frequent job hopping might get a lot of additional scrutiny. If he’s facing some issues with conflict or communication, then he might raise concerns regarding your performance in this area.

              Listen carefully: the concerns that are being raised about you might actually be a proxy for problems in the wider organization.

              Making Your Interview Work for You

              Interviews are a two-way street. While it is important to differentiate yourself from every other candidate, understand that convincing the interviewer you’re the right person for the role goes hand-in-hand with figuring out if the job is the right fit for you.

              Would you feel happy in a work environment where the people, priorities, culture and management style were completely at odds with the way you work? Didn’t think so!

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