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8 Remarkable Things to Do with Your Life

8 Remarkable Things to Do with Your Life

We can all live life to the fullest, be happy and successful, leave a great legacy and be legendary.

You may doubt it and think only the lucky ones live like that, but the following list is going to change your mind.
You can build the ideal lifestyle and turn your dreams into a reality, if you do these remarkable things with your life (and stick to them).

It takes time, energy, courage and dedication. But you’re not alone. Everyone else has goals like these and fights a thousand small battles each day. But whether or not you become a winner depends on your consistency.

Start by doing these 8 things. They are what can change the course of your life and take you in the direction you’re meant to follow.

1. Find your passion

One of the most beautiful things for me is to see the look of a person who’s found their passion.
There’s such contentment, determination and peace in their eyes that you just can’t help but stay there and admire them.

People who follow their passion live a life of satisfaction, inspiration and joy. They’ve managed to find it, do something in order to make it a permanent part of their lives and, hopefully, make money and help others at the same time.

Your passion is what makes you feel alive and forget about time, it’s the thing you love doing and the activity that makes you happy.

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To find it, you need to follow your heart and listen to your instincts, to notice the things that move and inspire you. Then make the best of it.

2. Do everything with a purpose

There’s no point in the things we do if there’s no purpose behind them, if we don’t really want to do them and just feel obligated to.

So think again before you keep doing what others tell you, before you complete all the tasks on your to-do list and before you do what others do or what is considered right, although you don’t agree with it.

If you do something it must have a purpose: it may help you improve and grow, help you or others live a better life, etc.

3. Get in the best shape possible

We can spend centuries going from one diet to another, buying gym memberships, reading about nutrition and healthy lifestyle, hiring people to help us stick to our programs, buying supplements and other stuff that is known for helping people get fit fast, losing some weight then gaining it again, starving for days then overeating, etc.

But without committing to getting in shape and taking control over our habits, we will never become successful in other areas of our life or feel happy and satisfied in general.

So take the decision to do it right this time. Plan, start small and do something each day to get 1% closer to your goal.

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4. Give

In good and bad times, when you have a lot and when you have nothing, when you are happy and when you are depressed, remember to be there for others.

Life is nothing if we don’t share, help and give. That’s the ultimate contentment. Because after that we get twice as much.

Become a remarkable person – someone people would love to be with and will respect and be inspired by – by always giving instead of taking.

There’s always something to give. And expecting nothing in return makes it the ultimate good deed. Not to mention the unbelievable bliss you feel once you see how you help people, how you change their lives and how grateful they are.

5. Break free from your comfort zone

We are all used to doing the same thing every day, to living in a safe environment, to being average but being alright with that.

But all that security and peace are an illusion. And nothing new and exciting ever happens in that circle.

So go out there and challenge yourself whenever you meet the opportunity. Each day try something new, do something that scares you or just accept challenges. This way you’ll expand your limits and see things from another point of view. You’ll become an interesting person, who’s not afraid of anything and is always ready for adventures.

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6. Hack your life

For everything in life there’s a simpler, easier and faster way to do it.

Learning new languages, getting fit, achieving your goals, making money, changing your habits, conquering your fears, becoming an extrovert, etc. – these are just some of the things you can do in no time and with less effort than you think.

You will need total dedication, of course, but there are so many resources out there that are absolutely free, which can help you with that. Also, so many people that have done it before you share their tips, the steps they took and the problems they encountered.

7. Learn how to enjoy life

Living in the moment, truly experiencing it, being grateful about it and focusing on what you have right now is an attitude that can change your world.

Just concentrating on your current activity and doing it with joy is something that can give you a much better result and make you a happier person.

Never take anything for granted and learn how to enjoy each moment and live in the now. Then you’ll have a fulfilling life.

8. Use the power of attraction

Everything in the world consists of energy, and we are human magnets. So the moment you focus your thoughts on something, the whole universe does everything possible to give you events, things and people that are at the same energy level.

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So if you are positive, know exactly what you want and concentrate on that all the time, you can make your dreams come true.

Never underestimate the law of attraction as it’s the most powerful law in the universe. What you think, you attract and become. So let go of fears, doubts, negative thoughts and worries. And focus on the good things and goals of yours.

Think about these 8 items and decide whether you’re ready to make these changes and start living a remarkable life. But always know that it’s up to you.

You can be happy, and you can be miserable. It’s all a matter of choice.

And I believe we can all make the right choice.

Featured photo credit: 42andpointless via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 16, 2020

12 Simple Ways to Boost Your Confidence Right Now

12 Simple Ways to Boost Your Confidence Right Now

The way you feel about yourself greatly influences how you live and interact with others. If you are confident about yourself, you tend to see yourself positively and actually enjoy spending time with and around people. You don’t feel self-conscious or awkward around others, and that allows you to live your fullest and happiest life.

However, if you’re drowning in a sea of self-doubt, hesitancy and shyness, you often withdraw and isolate yourself from others and avoid interacting and connecting with people. That anxiety you feel in the pit of your stomach when you are around people is holding you back greatly and it is not good for your emotional health and overall well-being. You need to do something about it if you are low in self-confidence or have friends or family members who are not confident.

“Confidence isn’t walking into a room thinking you’re better than everyone, it’s walking in not having to compare yourself to anyone” – Anonymous

Here are simple, practical tips to boost your confidence right now and make you feel and act your best.

1. Stop labeling yourself as awkward, timid or shy.

When you label yourself as awkward, timid or shy, you sub-consciously tell your mind to act accordingly and psychologically feel inclined to live up to those expectations. Instead of labeling and entertaining negative self-talk, visualize and affirm yourself as confident and strong. Close your eyes for a minute and visualize yourself in different situation as you would like to be.

Be your own cheerleader. Experts believe that positive affirmation and good mental practices like picturing yourself winning or achieving a goal can lead to greater feelings of self-assurance and prepare your brain for success.[1] As the saying goes, “seeing is believing.” Picture yourself as confident and soon enough you will begin to manifest behavior that gives evidence to this new ‘fact.’

2. Recognize that the world is not focused on you (unless, of course, you are Kanye West).

That means you don’t have to be excessively sensitive about who you are or what you are doing (or not doing). You are not on the center stage; there is no need for preoccupation with self and perfectionism. As rap music star Rocko sings, “You just do you and I will do me, aight?”

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Forget about trying to please everyone or being perfect. Trying to be perfect and being a people-pleaser puts too much pressure on you and creates unnecessary anxiety. Besides, people are too preoccupied with their own issues to pay much attention to your every move unless, of course, you are a mega famous, super celebrity like Beyonce or Kanye West.

3. Focus on other people as opposed to yourself.

If you are low on confidence, self-conscious, nervous and shy in social situations, focus your attention on other people and what they are saying or doing instead of focusing on your own awkwardness.

For example, think about what it is that is interesting about the person who’s the centre of the party or the guy or girl you are talking with. Prompt them to talk more about themselves and be genuinely curious and interested in what they say. You will instantly come across as confident and warmhearted.

People generally want to talk about themselves, be heard and understood. They will love it when you’re eager and willing to listen to them and really hear what they have to say.

This habit of focusing more on what you love in others as opposed to what you dislike in yourself will not only help you become more assertive and comfortable in virtually all social situations, but also instantly make you feel great about yourself.

4. Know (and accept) yourself for who you are.

Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu, author of the internationally acclaimed book The Art of War, said, “Know yourself and you will win all battles.” Even in the battle with lack of confidence, you will need to know yourself to win.

Knowing yourself starts with understanding that people are not all the same, neither are all social situation suitable for everyone. You might not be confident in large gatherings, but you could be bold and confident in one-on-one and small group interactions. We all have our own unique gifts and unique ways of expressing ourselves. Embrace yours!

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Introverts, for example, have a quiet confidence that is, unfortunately, often confused for shyness. They are naturally low key and prefer to spend time alone. However, this natural disposition affords them certain unique gifts, such as an ability to listen better than most people and notice things that others don’t.

Your uniqueness is where your strength and advantage lies. You won’t be comfortable and confident in all situations all the time. Albert Einstein said,

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

5. Crack a smile.

If there is one sure way to instantly boost your confidence, it’s cracking a smile. Christine Clapp, a public speaking expert at The George Washington University, says that flashing those pretty, pearly white teeth will immediately make you appear both confident and composed. But, the effect of smiling is not just external. Studies show that smiling can also help nix feelings of stress and pave the way for a happier and more relaxed you.[2]

Not a bad return for something seemingly so trite, wouldn’t you agree?

6. Break a sweat—with exercise.

Working out is another great way to make yourself feel amazing and confident. Science has shown that exercising increases your endorphins, helps reduce stress, tones your muscles and makes you feel happy and confident.[3]

And hey, all you have to do is take a walk a few times a week and you’ll see the benefits. What seems to matter—as far as your confidence goes—is whether you break a sweat, not how strenuous your session is, which is pretty cool. Start working out now.

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7. Groom yourself.

This might seem mundane, but it’s amazing how much of a difference a shower and shave can have on your confidence and self-image. And when you spritz on a scent, the boost on confidence and self-esteem is incredible. As it turns out, your favorite fragrance does more than make you smell oh-so-nice.

A study found that a fragrance can inspire confidence in men. Interestingly, the study also found that the more a man likes the fragrance, the more confident he might feel. Another study found that 90% of women feel more confident while wearing a scent than those who go fragrance-free.

8. Dress nicely.

Another one that might seem trite, but it works. If you dress nicely, you’ll instantly feel good about yourself and give your confidence a real boost. That is largely because you’ll feel attractive, presentable and sometimes even successful in nice clothes.

While dressing nicely means something different for everyone, it does not necessarily mean wearing $500 designer outfits. It means wearing clothes that are clean, that you are comfortable in and that are nice-looking and presentable, including casual clothes.

9. Do activities you enjoy.

Whether it is reading a book, playing a musical instrument, riding your bicycle or going fishing, do what you really enjoy and what makes you truly happy often. It will boost your self-esteem, soothe your ego and allow you to identify with your gifts and talents. That will in turn bolster your self-belief and grow your confidence exponentially.

You might not become popular for doing what you love, but you might not even want to be popular at all. Being popular doesn’t make you happy; doing what you love does.

10. Prepare for the possibility of rejection / setback.

Late World No. 1 professional tennis player Arthur Ashe said, “One important key to success is self-confidence. A key to self-confidence is preparation.” You need to prepare for the possibility of rejection and setback.

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Why?

Everybody suffers rejection and setback at one point or another. You are not exempted. The question on your mind, therefore, should not be if you will be rejected, but how you will handle rejection when it comes.

Prepare yourself adequately in every situation to minimize the risk and effect of rejection and so that your confidence is not broken. For example, learn public speaking and rehearse what you are going to say beforehand if you have landed a public speaking engagement. That way, you are sure of yourself and confident you have what it takes to hack it. If you are rejected, don’t take it personally.

Rejection and setbacks happen to the best of us. Take it as a learning experience. Learn from your mistakes and move on.

11. Face uncomfortable situations square in the face.

Don’t run away from uncomfortable situations. Running away from people or situations because you feel scared, shy or timid only confirms and reinforces your shyness. Instead, face the situation that makes you uneasy square in the face. For example, go ahead and talk to that person you are afraid to approach, or go straight to the front of your yoga class! What’s the worst that can happen?

Prepare and be ready for any eventuality. The more you face your fears, the more you realize you are stronger than you thought and the more confident you get. This simple, yet admittedly courageous, act makes you unstoppable. You get comfortable being uncomfortable and begin to feel like you can take on the world. And that is the hallmark of someone destined for great things.

12. Sit up straight and walk tall—you are awesome!

Yes, sit up straight and believe you are awesome. Don’t slump in your chair or slouch your shoulders. Experts say the right stance can not only keep your self-esteem and mood lifted, but also lead to more confidence in your own thoughts.[4]

The way to sit is to open up your chest and keep your head level so that you look and feel poised and assured. And when you get up, stand tall and walk like you’re on a mission. People who sit up straight and walk tall are more attractive and instantly feel more confident. Try it now: you’ll feel fierce and confident just by sitting up straight and walking tall.

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