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5 Things To Do Now While You Are Younger

5 Things To Do Now While You Are Younger

Since it is a new year, we have all probably realized that whatever we have done and decided on in the past year are things that we can never get back. It is the nature of time – it is fast and fleeting. And since it is a new year, we will gain another year in this thing called life. We will keep having New Years and before we know it, our years and our age will keep adding up. Here are tips on how to make the most of each year that passes you by:

1. Don’t dwell on situations

Everyday is a chance for a change. Whether you like that change or not, it is something that we may or may not be able to control. If you can’t control it and if it is not a good change, make sure that you do not dwell on it. Instead, be the type of person that can adapt to change. As Charles Darwin had said: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

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2. Don’t say no to opportunities

Remember that concert that you did not end up going to because you chose to stay inside the house? Well, that artist might never go back to your town, or the artist might not have enough hits in the future for you to see or watch their concert.

If you get the chance to work in another country for a year or a chance to make a change in your life for the better, do it. Opportunities that go by might not come back again.

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3. Try new things

You only live once, and if you do not try out new things in this lifetime, when will you? Get to experience what that raw salmon dish really tastes like, or why a particular dish is a hit in India. Do try doing something that you think is beyond your comfort zone. Be bold and adventurous.

4. Learn to let go

Not everyone that we meet or that come into our lives are meant to stay for long periods in our lives. People come and go. So if you find people that cherish you, make sure that you treasure the moments that you have with them. And make plans together to add to your memory banks.

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Also, people do change. If you find that someone you have known for a long time had a change in attitude or beliefs, and is not working out for you anymore, do not be afraid to let go from them. Sometimes, we have to let go of other people to be a better person.

5. Learn now or never

There are things in life that you can learn while you are young, but might be harder to learn as you get older. For exmple, learning a new language or learning how to swim. If you want to learn something, do it now and not later, because before you know it, your body might no be able to anymore. And situations do change. For example, learning something that requires a lot of effort might be a harder task when you need to balance taking care of a baby and doing a full-time job.

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The things that we are able to do now may not be the things that we are willing to do or able to do so in the next year. So, do what you can do right now. Do not procrastinate because procrastinating does not work well with a fast-running time of life.

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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