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5 Simple Steps to Live Life Freely

5 Simple Steps to Live Life Freely

Freedom is funny. We all want it, but we don’t always make the right changes in our habits and lifestyle in order get it. We repeat the same old routines and keep living a life of constant worries, complexity, stress and illusion.

Here are five simple but powerful steps you can take in order to live life freely.

1. Ditch expectations

We expect so many things, all the time. And when they don’t turn out the way we want, we feel disappointed. As a result, we lose hope.

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Before everything else, we need to realize how ridiculous it is to expect something. We want people to act in a certain way, we want events to turn out the way we see them, we want our plans to work. But chances are something else will happen.

We should learn to accept and adapt and that will save us so much stress and so many worries.

2. Simplify

We can’t really ask for freedom if we live a complicated life. We’re overburdened with stuff we don’t even use, have too many things on our mind, worry about the future and have regrets and doubts. All this prevents us from living the way we want and being free to do whatever we want.

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The answer lies in simplicity. Throw away all the things you have but haven’t used in the last few months, spend less time with negative people, have fewer tasks during the day, let go of fears, worries and overthinking. It takes time, but is totally worth it.

Only when you get rid of the unessential, will you hand ave space for new pleasant experiences.

3. You only have the present moment

The past is gone and the future is uncertain. Why do we keep going back to what was?

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It’s time to realize that the only thing we actually possess is the present moment. It’s our duty to cherish it, make the best of it, and when it’s gone to let it go so that we can fully experience the next moment.
After all, life is a series of present moments. Knowing how to focus on each one and appreciate it is the answer to having a life full of happiness and peace.

4. Let go of control

Almost everyone feels the need to control everything. We put too much emphasis on making plans and strategies. But In the end, t control is an illusion. What we need to do is embrace insecurity, live each moment knowing that the next one is going to be better. But even if it’s not we’ll be alright.

Because things are never bad, they are different. And we can still live freely and happily no matter what happens. We just need to learn to let go of what was, enjoy what is and accept what will be.

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5. You don’t need to get it all done

We are too obsessed with the idea of productivity and want to get too many things done fast. That’s why our to-do lists get bigger and bigger every day and completing them becomes an experience we dread.

The truth is that most of the things on our lists are meaningless. They are what we think must be done or what we’re supposed to do. But we get productivity wrong. It only matters if you feel accomplished at the end of the day, if you feel that what you’ve done is essential and have made a difference in your or someone else’s life.

After all, all the meaningful things in life are not considered productive—spending quality time with our loved ones, watching the sunset, playing with our pet, laughing, taking photos of precious moments, and dreaming.

So freedom is a matter of choice. Give these five steps a try, and eventually make them a habit. That’s when your life will change dramatically and you will feel more alive than ever before.

Featured photo credit: Spirited Away, by Stephen Brace via flickr.com

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Lidiya is the founder of Let's Reach Success, a blog on personal, spiritual and business growth.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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