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How To Lead The Quality Life You’ve Always Wanted

How To Lead The Quality Life You’ve Always Wanted

When it comes to the quality of life you lead, it all starts with your philosophy. How you view yourself and your life will determine the quality of life you experience. You can either have a negative philosophy or a positive philosophy: it’s up to you.

With so much stress and frustration in modern life, it’s easy to get into this dull and boring routine of “wake up, go to work, come home, go to bed, and repeat” from Monday through Friday. Who wants to live a dull and boring life? I know I don’t, and I certainty don’t want you to experience this. I want you to live each day filled with love, passion and purpose. I want you to experience a fulfilling and rewarding life.

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Here are five ways to lead the quality life you’ve always wanted:  

1. Accept where you are

Before we even start on living the quality life you’ve always wanted, you must accept where you currently are. It may not be where you ultimately want to be, but first acknowledging that this is only temporary will allow you to move forward rather than backwards. Accept where you are and understand that this is not permanent. When you are able to do this and know that you are moving in the direction you want to go, you are more likely to be motivated to take action.

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2. Be confident

Have confidence in living the quality life you’ve always wanted. Believe that you deserve to live a life that is filled with peace, love and happiness. It’s important for you to be confident and know how to overcome uncertainties. Despite the stresses of life, no matter what happens, you’ll know how to handle any situation. Where does confidence come from? It all comes from within you. Confidence starts with believing in who you are and what you stand for. Practice being confident every day.

3. Know your priorities

If you want to live a life truly worth living, you must know your priorities and make sure that you live by them every single day. It’s all about living in alignment with your deepest values and beliefs. This, would have to be my #1 secret to having the quality life that you’ve always wanted. Take the time to write down what you most value in your life—be it your family, spouse or having a job to support yourself. When you are consciously aware of what you value and what your top priorities are, you are able to schedule your time around what matters to you the most.

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4. Passion!

Have passion for what you do. Don’t just go through the motions, find out why you do what you do. This is important because when you wake up in the morning you will have a purpose rather than just starting your day being grumpy. When you understand why you do what you do, passion enters your life. My definition of passion is having a deep and driving desire to fulfill a purpose that is based on reason. Take the time to reflect on this, and find your purpose and the reason behind it. Leading the quality life you’ve always wanted all starts with finding your purpose.

5. Get organized and take action

When you implement these first four ways to lead the quality life you’ve always wanted, then it’s time to get your priorities in order and take the necessary steps that will allow you to follow through to achieve it. I find it really helpful to write down all my short- and long-term goals and to have an agenda every week listing what needs to get done. Time is so precious so use yours wisely!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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