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25 Things To Let Go Of Before Your Next Birthday

25 Things To Let Go Of Before Your Next Birthday

Imagine what we’d all look like if we wore our worries on the outside. If there were some physical manifestation of our emotional baggage and hang-ups, we’d all be unrecognizable. If you find yourself thinking sometimes that you’re not who you should be, it’s time to explore ways to kick that feeling to the curb and look at how to change things in a healthy way. Here are 25 things to let go of that we could all stand to ditch by our next birthdays.

1. Let go of anything that doesn’t make you a better or happier person

We were built to pursue greatness and to perform to the best of our abilities. Anything that doesn’t serve our search for self-improvement needs to be swept aside – though not at the expense of our happiness.

2. Let go of other peoples’ burdens

We’re all our brother’s keepers in one way or another, but letting the burdens of others consume and rule over your own life isn’t healthy. Help others within reason, but also know when to let them help themselves.

3. Let go of what other people think about you

Most of us tend to think that other people judge us much more harshly than they actually do.

4. Let go of your pursuit of an unrealistic body image

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    It’s almost a cliché by now to point out how badly our body images have been warped by the media. We constantly see barely clothed models in advertisements, telling us on an unconscious level that we’ll never measure up. The only person your body needs to please is yourself.

    5. Let go of avoiding your problems

    You might think that your attempt to sweep your problems under the rug could be healthy, but nothing could be further from the truth. Nothing will improve if we don’t actively pursue practical solutions to our problems.

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    6. Let go of regret

    Regret is like a poison; left untreated, it can kill you. There are things in each of our lives that could have gone differently, but losing sleep over them isn’t healthy.

    7. Let go of lazy attitudes and unproductive days

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      There’s something to be said for slowing down and enjoying a lazy day here and there, but when these days become the rule rather than the exception, you’ll fall into a pattern that’s tough to escape.

      8. Let go of your insecurities

      All you need to remember is this: we’re our own harshest critics.

      9. Let go of crying about life’s inherent unfairness

      Some of us learn as children that there will always be somebody better off than we are. If you’ve lost sight of that fact, it’s time to relearn it.

      10. Let go of setting your sights too high

      It’s good to have dreams and ambitions, but it’s important to keep them grounded as well. Expecting too much of ourselves is never healthy.

      11. Let go of the belief that everything arrives in its own time

      Maybe you believe in fate, destiny, or providence. That’s well and good, but it’s no substitute for taking charge of your life and making a positive change. If there’s something you want, it’s up to you to seek it out. Don’t wait for it to come to you.

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      12. Let go of your penchant for procrastination

      We all have responsibilities. Trying to shirk them or put them off until another day will do nothing for you except to pile the stress ever higher.

      13. Let go of dwelling on your mistakes

      Maybe you took a wrong turn somewhere. Maybe you chose not to pursue that career in the military, turning your back on the military scholarships that could have saved you tons of money. Instead of dwelling on your mistakes, resolve instead to make things right.

      14. Let go of stress

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        We all give in to stress from time to time, and the truth is that it can be a great motivator. The problem is this: there’s nothing worse than hanging on to the same sources of stress for months or years at a time.

        15. Let go of trying to change the people around you

        Maybe people can change, and maybe they can’t. If they can, they’re the only ones who can make that change happen. You can be a source of inspiration for the people you care about, but don’t try to become a direct instrument of change; they’ll only learn to resent you.

        16. Let go of your worries about money

        Most of us have worried about money at one time or another. Keeping our eyes open for new opportunities or better careers is one thing, but if you’ve got a roof over your head and food to eat, don’t let money rule over you.

        17. Let go of trying to become a different type of person

        To be clear: we all have room in our lives for improvement. We can become better people, but seeking to conform to somebody’s prescribed notion of who you ought to be isn’t a healthy pursuit.

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        18. Let go of obsessing over your schedule

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          Planning is great, but flexibility is even better. Don’t worry so much about adhering to a strict schedule. As long as you’re being productive, your to-do list will take care of itself.

          19. Let go of your obsession with “stuff”

          If you’ve ever stood outside in a line to get your hands on a new electronic gadget before everybody else, you probably need to reexamine your priorities. Don’t let the pursuit of “stuff” control your life.

          20. Let go of your fear of speaking your mind

          Life is too short for us to keep our feelings walled off from the world. Tell that person you have feelings for them, or talk to your significant other about what’s bothering you. You’ll feel so much better after you do.

          21. Let go of your anger

          The evolutionary purpose of anger, and its place in psychology, will probably always be under examination. In terms of our everyday lives, however, anger is a pointless distraction that’s not worth hanging on to for any length of time.

          22. Let go of excuses

          If you have trouble taking responsibility for your actions, it’s time to own up.

          23. Let go of your jealousy toward the people in your life

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            Is there anything more pointless than jealousy? Don’t hate your ex for finding love elsewhere, and don’t begrudge your neighbors their new yacht. Instead, make the most of what you do have.

            24. Let go of your worries about the future

            The future will get here. All we can do is make sure we’re prepared for when it does. Worrying about what’s to come will only serve to distract you from the present.

            25. Let go of the belief that it’s too late to start over

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              Whether you’re leaving an unhealthy relationship or setting out to explore new opportunities, never let the passage of time interfere with the pursuit of your dreams.

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              50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

              50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

              Life is filled with highs and lows —happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger on your way up.

              It’s the way you feel and think about yourself, including your expectations and beliefs about what is possible to you, greatly determines everything that happens to you.

              It all starts with your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, you transform the quality of your life. (Right, Nancy’s story is a typical example!)

              Below is a list of the best motivational quotes to inspire you to start your day with a blast:

              Quotes for self-assurance

              1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

                2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

                  3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

                    4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

                      5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

                        6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

                          Quotes about positivity

                          7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

                            8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

                              9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

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                                10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

                                  11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

                                    12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

                                      13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

                                        Quotes for work and success

                                        14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

                                          15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

                                            16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

                                              17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

                                                18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

                                                  19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

                                                    20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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                                                      21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

                                                        22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

                                                          23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

                                                            24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

                                                              25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

                                                                26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

                                                                  27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

                                                                    28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

                                                                      29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

                                                                        30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

                                                                          31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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                                                                            32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

                                                                              33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

                                                                                34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

                                                                                  35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

                                                                                    36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

                                                                                      37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

                                                                                        38. You become who you spend your time with.

                                                                                          39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

                                                                                            40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

                                                                                              41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

                                                                                                42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

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                                                                                                  43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

                                                                                                    44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

                                                                                                      45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

                                                                                                        Quotes about money

                                                                                                        46. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

                                                                                                          47. I create new enemies every day, it’s called business.

                                                                                                            48. When you have a Million Dollar vision, don’t surround yourself with 1 cent minds.

                                                                                                              49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

                                                                                                                50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

                                                                                                                  51. If you can count your money, work harder.

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