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5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Living Insanely

5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Living Insanely

My daughter is obsessed with chocolate surprise eggs. I think they’re disgusting and a waste of MY money and yet I keep buying and she keeps eating them.

If you’re not familiar with chocolate surprise eggs they are exactly what you would think, plastic eggs wrapped in a chocolate outer layer. In order to get the surprise you must eat the outside of the egg first or depending on your mood you could rip the chocolate off. By any means necessary the goal is to get the surprise egg. When my daughter first started eating them I must admit I was intrigued to know what the surprise was but after 5 consecutive eggs my daughter and I realized the surprise was always the same, bummer.

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While there was actually no longer anything “surprising” about the surprise egg, my daughter is still just as eager to open the egg each time to make sure the surprise hasn’t changed (it’s always a lion by the way). As I continue to watch her open the eggs over and over again I instantly began to think of insanity. Doing the same thing but expecting different results.

Many of us don’t want to admit it but we all deal with insanity at some point in our lives. We keep getting to work late then complain about working later; we job hunt from left to right and keep landing the same miserable job and we even complain about how unhappy we are every day as if happiness will come the more we complain; insanity.

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So if you’re one of millions of people who continues to do the same thing and keeps expecting the same results here are 5 reasons why you should stop.

You’re Wasting Time

Do you complain every day? Eat junk food for breakfast? Spend hours scrolling through social media when you could be building your business? Congrats you are wasting time that you could be using to improve the life you’re unhappy about.

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You’re Disappointing Yourself

Overtime you continue to do something and you know the results will never change, you’re only disappointing yourself.  While I hate wasting money on surprise eggs my daughter’s disappointment doesn’t impact me. Why disappoint yourself when the world around you does it almost daily.

You’re Not Advancing

I’m a firm believer that if whatever you are doing isn’t advancing you, it’s demoting you. I am often reminded of a the story of an old man who spent every single day in his rocking chair. He was convinced that just by sitting in the rocking chair he was making movement. Sadly, just because you’re moving doesn’t mean you’re going anywhere. The same holds true to repeatedly doing the same thing over and over again. Just because you’re doing something doesn’t mean it’s purposeful.

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Nobody Wants To Be The Insane Friend

You know the friend that everyone has, the one who often complains about everything that’s going wrong in their life yet they’re never willing to do anything to change it. If you don’t know who the insane friend in your life is, it might be you and nobody wants to be the insane friend.

You’ll Be Doing Yourself A Favor

We live in a world where we are often more concerned about what impacts others versus what impacts us. Living a life of doing the same thing but expecting different results is not only frustrating to those around you but if you give it enough time it’s guaranteed to drive you insane too. Do yourself a favor and stop making the same mistakes, the moment you do you are guaranteed to watch the quality of your life improve.

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Last Updated on September 17, 2019

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

1. Spend Time with Positive People

If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

3. Contribute to the Community

One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

8. Offer Compliments to Others

Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

10. Practice Self-Care

Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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