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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 May 21, 2019

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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