This post is all about how you only need to make small changes to improve your life.
Most of us already know that if we are not happy, then we need to make changes to be happier.
But did you know that those changes can be achieved with subtle tweaks?
Small Tweaks Create Massive Changes
A lot of people want to improve their life because they are not as happy as they think they should be.
Not talking about anything major, just a few tweaks here and there. Some of you might only need a few of them to get to a quality of life that you choose to have.
Improve Your Life by Showing Gratitude
Embrace the daily practice of showing gratitude for what you have in your life.
Get outside, smell the air, listen to the birds’ sing, and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.
Some people find it easier to note their thoughts and appreciation in a Gratitude Journal.
Your journal can be a plain notebook or one with prompts on writing about your gratitude.
It doesn’t matter as the journal is a vehicle to save your thoughts. Putting pen to paper to write your ideas is what’s important.
Improve Your Life by Uncovering Your Life Purpose
Pause for a moment and focus on the reason you do what you do daily.
Figure out your “why”.
Some people choose an exercise like running or yoga as a way to find their life’s purpose.
Others prefer to experience the awe of nature.
You’ll develop a whole new outlook on life once you connect with your life purpose.
Our daily life gets so busy and chaotic that we get so wrapped in it that it becomes easy to lose track of what is important and why we are here in the first place.
Improve Your Life by Focusing On Your Health
Yet every day we see people abusing their health.
Then they complain about the lousy hand they were dealt when most of their challenges are self-inflicted.
Do you want to be that person?
A Positive Decision
Make a positive decision to live a healthier lifestyle. Focus on clean eating.
A lot of people are unsure about what to eat. I admit it can get confusing, so keep this simple rule in mind:
Your body also needs exercise to stay healthy. The AHA (American Heart Association) recommends getting a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.
If you start exercising, after a while, you will find it has a way of making you feel good.
You will also find it increases your productivity, improves your emotional health, improves your outlook on life, and provides clarity on your life purpose.
Improve Your Life by Getting Quality Sleep
Our body recharges itself when we sleep. Repairs are made to our muscles and the body’s systems.
When you don’t get enough quality sleep, you start the day with a half tank of fuel instead of a full one.
Evaluate the reasons you are not sleeping as well or as long as you should.
It could be your mind keeping you awake by thinking about something that you need to resolve.
Look at the quality of your bedding and mattress, the temperature of your bedroom, the amount of light coming in through the window, the noise outside.
Change what is causing you the issues and get the rest you need.
Improve Your Life by Always Having A Goal
Having a goal fits in beautifully with discovering your life purpose.
When you have a goal, it gives you a purpose for getting up in the morning and getting on your daily grind.
If you are have enjoyed life a bit too much and put on weight, your goal could be to live a healthier lifestyle and lose that excess weight.
Depending on how much you have enjoyed life, that goal could keep you going for a while!
Maybe you are at the point in your life when you want a change, that might mean a change of career or to downsize and travel.
It doesn’t matter what your goal is, just make sure it is SMARTER:
Specific: State your end goal explicitly and without any ambiguity. It must explain specifically what has to be achieved and the expected outcome.
Measurable: How are you going to gauge whether you are making progress? You must be able to answer this question: “How will I know that I have reached my goal, and the objective is attained, and what evidence is required to confirm it?”
Attainable: this criterion emphasises setting a goal that is challenging but nonetheless reachable against the existing constraints. You also have to assess whether the goal is realistic bearing in mind the other objectives and goals that you already have.
Relevant: the goal must be tied to your priorities or ideally your life purpose for it to be meaningful. You also have to check whether the timing for the goal is appropriate.
Time-bound: Set a timetable to specify an appropriate time frame for your goal. When do you intend to start and to end? What are the intermediate steps and critical milestones to accomplish it? Celebrate each accomplishment with a reward, but the reward should not sabotage the end goal.
Evaluated: When you define specific checkpoints and the expected related deliverables, you can evaluate progress towards the end goal. Do not wait to reach your time-limit before assessing progress. The process of evaluation allows you to get back on track to achieving your end goal in the time frame you specified.
Revisit: on reaching the end of the time frame that you defined for the goal, run a final evaluation to assess your success in achieving your objectives. Revisiting the objective should become the starting point for setting your new goals. What lessons did you learn? What would you do differently next time? And why? If the goal was reached, remember to reward yourself. And if it wasn’t, recognise the accomplishment and effort that you put into trying to reach your goal.
Improve Your Life by Making Happiness A Choice
We can use part of our brainpower to develop a more positive mindset. Note I wrote, more positive.
That presupposes we are all positive, to begin with.
It is harder to have a positive mindset than a negative one because most of us habitually focus on the negative aspects of our lives.
Could you make a happiness goal? We could strive to improve and enhance the quality of our life each day.
Even by just 1% each day. Imagine the cumulative effect after 30 days or a whole year.
Improve Your Life by Using A Stop-Doing List
Now you have that time you couldn’t find to exercise or see your family. No more excuses! Give it a go. Once you start doing a stop-doing list, you will be amazed.
Improve Your Life by Connecting With People
Get out there and connect. If you are not comfortable meeting in person, then connect on social media or call on the phone
Improve Your Life by Making Learning A Life-Long Habit
Even better if you learn a foreign language to help you with your travels. All this new activity keeps your mind sharp.
Improve Your Life by Minimising Stress
Physiologically we need a certain amount of stress to survive.
And that is when stress becomes an issue, both physically and mentally. When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol.
The problem is that nowadays, our body interprets everyday situations as stressful and in response, dumps cortisol into our system far too often.
The best advice is to reduce the amount of stress you are under.
You can try meditation or removing yourself from some situations. Warning that might mean getting a different job.
Improve Your Life by Focusing On What You Can Control
Too many times, we see people that waste a lot of thought and energy on things they have no control over. It is an unproductive behaviour that you will never benefit from, except by getting more frustrated and stressed.
Think back to when you were studying.
Instead, you could focus on the things you can control, like how you could spend your time revising for the exam.
There you have it. Eleven small tweaks ways you that will help you make massive changes.