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101 Ways to Break Free and Level Up Your Life

101 Ways to Break Free and Level Up Your Life

     As we head into February, many of you will have let your resolutions for 2012 slip. It’s incredibly common, so don’t fret.

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    This month provides a bit of a “gut check” for some or even a fresh start for others.

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    So whether you are tying to get back on track or are just getting on the track, this list of 101 Ways to Break Free and Level Up Your Life has got some real gems in it.

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    1. Learn to play a musical instrument.
    2. Keep a regular journal.
    3. Take plenty of photographs.
    4. Walk in the rain.
    5. Swing at a playground.
    6. Chase butterflies.
    7. Run fast.
    8. Sleep soundly.
    9. Dance.
    10. Skip stones.
    11. Skip rope.
    12. Just skip.
    13. Slow your breathing.
    14. Spend an afternoon with a six-year old.
    15. Read a work of fiction.
    16. Read a work of non-fiction.
    17. Sing.
    18. Build something from wood.
    19. Stretch.
    20. Eat some cake…not on a birthday, either.
    21. Close your eyes and focus.
    22. Doodle.
    23. Write letters. On paper.
    24. Fly a kite.
    25. Climb a mountain.
    26. Ride a horse.
    27. Sail.
    28. Share some ice cream.
    29. Enjoy a restaurant meal.
    30. Enjoy a home-cooked meal.
    31. Take in a matineé.
    32. Jump on a trampoline.
    33. Fence.
    34. Paint. Outside the lines.
    35. Dress up.
    36. Dress down.
    37. Ride an ATV.
    38. Learn to surf.
    39. Watch cartoons.
    40. Buy nice bedding.
    41. Camp outdoors.
    42. Give to charity.
    43. Make paper airplanes.
    44. Smell the roses.
    45. Embrace quiet.
    46. Adapt to noise.
    47. Stand up. Figuratively and literally.
    48. Sew.
    49. Grow food.
    50. Look in the mirror.
    51. Don’t judge.
    52. Walk away.
    53. Go for it.
    54. Buy experiences.
    55. Use a clothesline.
    56. Think more.
    57. Do less.
    58. Walk with your feet in the waves.
    59. Wear sandals.
    60. Smile.
    61. Disconnect from the world.
    62. Connect with your world.
    63. Don’t be afraid.
    64. Gaze at the stars.
    65. Push yourself.
    66. Deliver.
    67. Audit relationships regularly.
    68. Know when to step up.
    69. Know when to step back.
    70. Count.
    71. Follow up.
    72. Follow through.
    73. Explore.
    74. Learn a foreign language.
    75. Spend time in the dark.
    76. Pass it around.
    77. Drive less.
    78. Be outside the box.
    79. Treat yourself to a hot shave.
    80. Treat yourself to a pedicure.
    81. Age.
    82. Meditate on you.
    83. Meet people. Online and in person.
    84. Foster growth. Online and in person.
    85. Go to one major sporting event.
    86. Enjoy a cocktail.
    87. Be the hammer, not the nail.
    88. Process.
    89. Be honest.
    90. Stop apologizing.
    91. Show gratitude.
    92. Raise the bar.
    93. Do great work.
    94. Play with dolls.
    95. Practice.
    96. Drink water.
    97. Swim.
    98. Date your spouse.
    99. Find what you love.
    100. Find a way to do what you love.
    101. Do that. Repeat.

    (Photo credit: Man in yellow wheat meadow via Shutterstock)

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    How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

    How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

    Just by simply spending some effort and time, staying positive every day can be easily achieved. All that is required is a fraction of your time, 10-15 minutes a day to cultivate the positive you!

    But first, what is really positive thinking? Do you have to be in an upbeat, cheerful and enthusiastic mood all day to be positive minded?

    No. Positive thinking simply means the absence of negative thoughts and emotions – in other words, inner peace!

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    When you are truly at peace within yourself, you are naturally thinking positively. You don’t have to fight off negative thoughts, or search desperately for more positive thoughts. It just happens on its own. And here are 2 positive thinking meditation tips to empower you:

    1. Relax as You Meditate

    A powerful, simple yet rarely used technique is meditation. Meditation doesn’t have to take the form of static body posture. It can be as simple as sitting in a comfortable chair listening to soothing music. Or performing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises.

    Meditation is all about letting go of stressful or worrisome thoughts. That’s it! If you spend just a few minutes per day feeling relaxed and peaceful, you automatically shift your mind into a more positive place. When you FEEL more relaxed, you naturally THINK more positively!

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    Start with a short period of time, like 5 or 10 minutes a day. You can meditate first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, right before you go to bed at night, or any time. The most important thing is to consciously let go of unproductive thoughts and feelings. Just let them go for those few minutes, and you may decide not to pick them back up again at all!

    2. Practice Daily Affirmations

    Positive affirmations can be used throughout the day anywhere and at anytime you need them, the more you use them the easier positive thoughts will take over negative ones and you will see benefits happening in your life.

    What are affirmations? Affirmations are statements that are used in a positive present tense language. For example, “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better, better and better” is a popular affirmation used by the late Norman Vincent Peale.

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    So how does one go about using positive affirmations in everyday life? Let’s look at some guidelines to follow when reciting your daily affirmations.

    1. Use first person pronouns in your message (I)
    2. Use present tense (I have)
    3. Use positive messages (I am happy)
    4. Repeat your affirmations on a consistent basis

    Affirmations have to be said with conviction and consistency. Start your day by saying your affirmations out loud. It wouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to repeat your affirmations; yet when done consistently, these positive affirmations will seep into the subconscious mind to cultivate the new positive you.

    Here’s an example of a “success affirmation” you can use on a daily basis:

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    I am successful in everything I do. Every venture I get into returns wealth to me. I am constantly productive. I always perform to the full potential I have and have respect for my abilities.
    My work is always given positive recognition. I augment my income constantly. I always have adequate money for everything I require. I spend my money prudently always. My work is always rewarded.

    You can find more examples here: 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life

    Remember, affirmations work on the basis of conviction and consistency. Do yourself a favor and make a commitment to see this through.

    Begin practicing these positive thinking tips right now. And I wish you continued empowerment and growth on your positive thinking journey.

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