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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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    Last Updated on February 17, 2020

    5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Who You Are

    5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Who You Are

    When it comes to being yourself, there can be a lot of pressure from the outside world as it tries to influence who you are. Living in a society that is constantly developing, it’s important for you to always be yourself from the inside out.

    When you deeply know yourself and the boundaries that you have set, you are more likely to experience a fulfilling and rewarding life. Without knowing yourself and establishing those boundaries, you can easily be pushed around and end up on a dirt path.

    So how to be who you are and always be yourself?

    “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” – Matthew 7:13-14

    You have the option of taking the path that is broad or taking the path that is narrow. You can either conform to what life wants you to be, or have the courage to remain true to yourself throughout the years. It’s definitely a challenge to have a strong sense of self when we are constantly getting distracted and being influenced by the media and society’s way of life. But if you want to reach your fullest potential in life, it all starts with being yourself.

    Why should you always be yourself? Because you will:

    1. Live in Alignment With Your Values and Beliefs

    Being yourself is all about knowing what you believe in and the values that you live by. When you are not yourself, you will take on the values and beliefs of others. This is when you start conforming to other people’s expectations and way of thinking.

    When you know your values and why you do what you do, you will live according to your own values and beliefs.

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    2. Establish Your Own Identity

    When you are able to have a solid foundation of being you, you are establishing your own sense of identity. No matter what happens in your life, you will always know who you are.

    There will be times where you may feel lost or distracted, but if you have your own identity you’ll be able to get back on the right path. Without establishing your own identity, you may easily conform and lose yourself.

    3. Build Courage

    It takes a great amount of courage when you decide to take the path that goes against the crowd. The reason why the majority of people take the broad path is because it’s easy.

    It’s easy to just follow the crowd. It’s more of a challenge when you stay true to yourself and establish your own identity. This challenge of always being yourself takes courage and inner strength. No matter what comes your way, you’ll know how to handle it.

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    4. Establish Boundaries

    When you are always yourself, you know what your limits are and the boundaries that you have set for yourself. When people cross your boundaries, you will know.

    But if you don’t establish boundaries, people may very well walk all over you and take advantage of you. If you are always yourself and you establish boundaries, you are more likely to be aware when people start taking advantage of you.

    Create and establish your boundaries.

    5. Find Focus and Direction

    When you are always yourself, you are more likely to have focus and direction in your life. Imagine someone who is constantly conforming to other people’s expectations, do you think this person has focus and direction? I don’t think so.

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    When you stay true to who you are, you are more likely to know the goals you want to accomplish and how to go about accomplishing them. You are able to stay focused and know which direction to take in order for you to accomplish your goals.

    No matter what you experience in life, the only person that will always remain constant is you.

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