Learn from Smart People.
No reason to reinvent the wheel. When you’re up against a challenge, look to others who’ve been in your shoes. Read their words, study their habits, reflect upon their practices…and then incorporate what works for you in your own situation.
Follow Your Bliss.
I mean this. Listen to your heart. Listen to your soul. Often we know we’re making a mistake even as we make it, but we forge ahead because we think it’s the right thing to do. Maybe because it’s the next step most take, maybe because we think it’s the responsible thing to do, maybe because it’s what others expect of you. But don’t be afraid to follow your instincts and create your own path.
Focus Like a Laser Beam. For a time.
I love to multitask. Thrive on it, in fact. But sometimes what we need to do is concentrate on one task at a time, and give it our one hundred percent for a specific chunk of time. I find that setting aside other projects and plowing through work for, say, a full half hour bumps up my productivity. Then? Back to juggling seven things at once.
Dump the Regimen.
It’s easy to get into a daily routine. Let’s face it- it’s easy to get into a weekly/monthly/yearly routine. But mixing it up once in a while helps bring some fresh perspective. Even taking a different route to work or listening to a new music station can really change up your day…which in turn can pump up your energy level and boost your creativity.
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Well, not VERY afraid. But embrace scenarios that make you uncomfortable. Are you a musician but don’t like performing in front of others? Find a little open mic night somewhere and JUST DO IT. Join a gym, apply for that promotion, start that new business. Those things that you’re afraid of really are just opportunities for growth and happiness.
You have, inside of you, knowledge that could help others. Enough, in fact, to be their mentor. Sharing that with others will help you get to know your subject better, and will help open up a new world to others. Mentors often find that they learn a lot from those they help…it’s a wonderful way to forge important and meaningful relationships.
Ignore the Noise.
If it’s out of your control, don’t stress over it. That’s it. Worry is wasted energy that could be better directed towards problem solving or just having fun. Practice letting go of unnecessary concerns and reveling in the goodness that surrounds you.
Ignore the News.
I love political and topical news as much as the next person, but I don’t let myself get bogged down in it. The news tends to be negative (except for that occasional feel-good human interest story they tack on at the end)…disaster, sorrow, and discord draw ratings, so that’s what the news networks give you. Gather your news from reputable sources, and don’t obsess over it.
Ignore the Jerks.
Call them what you want: toxic people, Negative Nellies, or just plain old jerks. We all have people in our lives that drag us down, drain our energy and generally cause us strife…those people that, no matter how hard you try, just won’t be elevated out of their angry funk. Don’t give them the power to pull you into their maelstrom. Distance yourself from them, or cut them off entirely if needed. They aren’t healthy for you.
Socialize, socialize, socialize.
Even the most introverted of introverts benefits from quality time with friends and loved ones. It’s all too easy to adopt a schedule that doesn’t make time for easy socializing, so make it a point to reach out to others. Call an old friend, meet a neighbor for coffee, plan an excursion with colleagues.
Be a Little Bit Like A PollyAnna.
Try to be less critical of others and yourself. Try to see the glass as half full, not half empty. Try to see the good in every situation. Just TRY. Every little bit of positivity helps…it adds up to a lot more happiness.