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Most Of Us Underestimate What We Can Achieve In 10 Years, Check This To Avoid Regrets

Most Of Us Underestimate What We Can Achieve In 10 Years, Check This To Avoid Regrets

Anyone can achieve their goals as long as they work on them diligently. It is human nature to want quick results, hence the common habit of overestimating what can be made in a year, and underestimating what 10 years can bring. Daily improvements can secure you only a little success, but when done over several years, the success is exponential.

Goals need to be planned in a way that they can be achieved with available resources and time. Take your time to prepare a medium-term plan with less ambitious short-term completion rates so that you do not burn out due to missed targets.

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Reasons why most people underestimate what they can do in 10 years

  • You may find that you are not sufficiently confident in your abilities to achieve a higher level of success in your 10-year plan, therefore setting a lower target. The actual level of achievement could be twice or thrice as high as what you set at the beginning, meaning you lose out on a lot of possibilities.
  • The social standards around us as we grow play a significant role in limiting our potential. The society may be averse to great success, making you slow down on your targets to fit in. Also, psychological conditioning may cause one to believe they cannot achieve a given level since such great achievements are only for certain people and not them.
  • Familiarity with your surroundings can prevent you from seeking new lands. Not leaving a comfort zone has kept many people from achieving what they potentially could.

To correct this and achieve what you are capable of, you should do the following:

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  1. Be fearlessly positive. Negative thoughts produce small thinking, imposing the “impossible” in your life. Think of the unlimited opportunities and embrace challenges.
  2. Visualize with no restraint. It is the lack of resourcefulness that holds people back, not the lack of resources. Envision the possibilities in the future instead of being stuck in the present or short term period.
  3. Dream big and be creative. The larger your belief, the greater your success. Brainstorm without censorship and think on how to develop your ideas into realities. Allow your imagination to flow freely, and let your dreams burn within you.
  4. Set a big long-term goal and follow it. Once you set a massive goal, focus on it with all your attention, and it will be achieved.
  5. Be inspiring. When you inspire the people around you, their success will be your success. The confidence attracts more like-minded people to your idea, making it a reality.
  6. Bite the elephant. Taking small bites of out a big goal will eventually get you where you want to go. Following through in small ways will add up to a big accumulation over 10 years.
  7. Believe in your abilities and that you have what it takes to achieve the goal you have set. Gauge your inner self, and check your feelings about what you can achieve in 10 years. If it feels like too little, then raise the stakes and push it to the end. Along the way, continually make assessments and adjust your expected level of achievement depending on circumstances that favor your success.
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Last Updated on July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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