I don’t think there are many that would pass on the chance to improve their lives in 30 days or less, at least until they realize their state of being is of their making. Life is full of ups and downs, and there is no happiness without sadness. We’ve developed habits and beliefs that stand in our way of fully understanding how life should be and how to feel better about it.
Sometimes people refuse to be happy, and they think everyone is out to get them. Others refuse to be sad and look at life through rose-colored glasses pushing anything negative deep inside. Happiness and sadness are the yin and yang to living a fulfilled life, and you cannot have one without the other.
Consider this: When was the last time you did any maturing or emotional growing? I’d venture to guess it was during a time of great struggle and sadness. If sadness is dealt with properly, it can lead to growth, and improperly it can lead to resentment, bitterness, and self-pity.
On the other hand, happiness isn’t always good. It feels good to be happy but during long periods of happiness there isn’t much growth, and though life feels good you might grow complacent and forget to push yourself to improve. I don’t know about you, but during the good times I seem to push God out and try to take things over on my own. One good reason my good times tend to not last very long.
If you are looking for more balance in your life and want to know how to improve your life in 30 days or less here are a few tips that should get you well on your way.
Here’s how you can improve your life in 30 days or less:
- Make a Choice – Everything we do starts with a choice. Once you realize that you want to change and your life could use improving, commit to the change and learn all you can about living a well-balanced life.
- Baby Steps – Take it one day at a time, and if you are making major lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, then you may need to take it one minute at a time. The key is to remember your end goal of improving the quality of your life and imagining how you will feel when you start making progress. Change is often difficult and time-consuming, but if you continue to take baby steps in the right direction, you have no reason not to succeed.
- Get Physically Active – Yes, I said it! You need to get physically active. If you are tired, stressed, anxious, moody or feeling sad learn to reap the benefits and the feel-good effects of exercise. Exercise won’t take away all your problems, but you may be pleasantly surprised at just how much better you feel in just a short time. Learn more about getting physically active – Adult Guide to Physical Activity.
- Eat Healthy – We’ve become a society of fast food and instant gratification but there are all sorts of additives and who knows what in our food these days. Get back to whole foods and enjoy the benefits of eating a healthy well-rounded diet. You will look and feel better. Also, you might be surprised the effect it has on your checking account. Get some great tips on healthy eating at ChooseMyPlate.gov.
- Change Your Perception – If you want to improve the quality of your life you are going to need to look at your limiting beliefs and what I mean by this is the things you constantly tell yourself that hold you back. How often do you tell yourself you can’t do something, you ‘re stupid, a failure, will never be good enough, etc.? Not only should you change your perception of yourself but the world as well. Not everyone is out to get you, and there are beautiful creations all around; things do work out for good, and you can be part of that good.
- Gratitude – Put together a gratitude list and add to it as much as you can. When you are looking at the good, it is tough to focus on the bad.
- Rely on Others – You don’t have to always go at it alone. If you are struggling with something, then reach out for help. People that reach out tend to get better faster than those that go at it all alone. We tend to withdraw during the tough times when in fact we should be reaching out to others.
- Be Available – Maybe things are going pretty good for you right now. I bet there is someone that could use your help. What I like about being available for others is that it reminds me of what I have overcome. It feels good to help others.
- GEMO – Get Enough Move On – GEMO, I will say it again GEMO! Perfection is non-existent and worrying about things that you have no control over it is futile so get over it and move on.
Improve the quality of your life by building your inner you. Focus on improving your self-esteem, confidence, and self-awareness. Don’t always take what others say as gospel, see what works for you and develop new skills that can guide you in building new healthy habits, ones that reinforce the way you want to look and feel.
If you’re making serious life changes, which most of you probably are, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you are quitting drinking or smoking get hooked up with a support group and get help from people that have already achieved success at stopping. If you are trying to overcome rejection, negative self-talk and a poor self-esteem look at your counseling options. You don’t always have to dig up the past to get on with the future, but it does help to understand why you feel and think the way you do and what you can do to change.
The above list is by no means conclusive, and you don’t need to do each one. I think you will be amazed at the impact of adding just a couple of them to your routine, especially if you are consistent. Why not start sooner than later changing the way you feel and improve your life?