We all want our lives to be better, happier, and more productive. But before this happens, there are a few things we need to change. Here are four of the most important ones.
Fix Your Home
Change begins with the things that you see every day. If you want to improve on something, you need to make sure your surroundings are optimum for this process. And few of them are more relevant than the place you wake up in every morning and go to bed every night. Few of them are more relevant than your home.
For starters, get rid of all the things you don’t need but have gathered over the years. For one reason or another, the vast majority of us tend to collect junk and don’t dispose of it until our attics and basements are jampacked with things we don’t need. Needless to say, garbage is baggage, a burden you will do much better without.
Once you’ve done that, take the time to appreciate what your house or apartment looks like. And if you have a bit of money saved, buy a few chairs, a contemporary sectional, a small table, or some pretty light fixtures. Keep in mind that by improving your property, you are also improving yourself.
Fix Your Relationships
If you have never been through heartbreak, consider yourself lucky. You belong to a category of people made of very few. Whether it is a failed marriage, a person you thought was your friend, a colleague you trusted at work, or anybody else, sooner or later, we all get hurt. As such, it is not a matter of if but rather when.
Unlike certain animals like blue whales, snow leopards, marine turtles, and giant pandas, human beings are not solitary creatures by nature. They need to interact with others to build fruitful, mutually-beneficial relationships and feel happy and complete.
Still, if a person is doing nothing but bringing you down in any way, they have to go. Either that or there needs to be substantial change in their behavior. Likewise, if there is someone who is always looking out for you, consoling you when you need to be consoled, and celebrating with you your many accomplishments, you should do whatever is in your power to keep them. Furthermore, you should be that person for them as well.
Fix Your Body
It is amazing the level of impact a few changes here, and there will have in your life. It is especially true when it comes to your health. The fitter, stronger, and more energetic you are, the better your outlook in life will be. And the better your outlook is, the higher the probability of you doing something great.
Of course, if you are a couple of dozen pounds overweight or have been smoking for decades, this won’t be easy. It will probably take you a long time and require an enormous amount of effort and commitment on your part.
But that doesn’t mean it is impossible either. It doesn’t mean you cannot make the decision today to eat a bit healthier or do a few minutes of physical activity. Losing weight and being healthy is a process of building habits. With each passing day, they become easier, not more difficult. If you have more muscle, lifting the same amount of weight as before will be far less challenging. If you have the energy, running a mile will become a piece of cake.
Living in the present is hard. Embracing it regardless of the circumstances is even harder. Naturally, if you are currently rich, successful, and good-looking, you probably won’t dwell on what you were before. Instead, you will appreciate what you are now. But what if it is the opposite? What if you used to be all the things mentioned above and now you are not? What can you do then? Former British Prime Minister and World War II hero Winston Churchill once said, “If you are going through hell, keep going.” The only way to get out of a bad situation is to continue moving forward. No matter the difficulties, no matter the challenges, the answer lies in not giving up.
Like every single one of us, you have the power to decide whether the events in your life will define you or serve as tools to build character within you and make you be a better version of yourself. If you want a better life, fix your home, relationships, body, and outlook on life. While this is not an overnight process or without its obstacles, you can also do it if you make up your mind.