It’s smart to help yourself by making proactive choices that provide you with ways to enjoy life more. After all, enjoying life is how it’s supposed to be!
Creating a more enjoyable life through positive improvements can seem daunting when you first begin to embrace the concept as we tend to get settled into a comfort zone, even if that is at the expense of improvement.
By understanding that whatever your goals are in life it’s all about the journey rather than the accomplishment, your life will be smoother and easier. That sounds a bit of a glib statement but if you hang everything upon a specific outcome you may end up feeling disappointed more often.
If you can have an awareness of the person you want to be, then you can start on the journey to reaching your goals with your core values in mind. Having a desire to improve your current situation, will allow you to realize your true potential, especially if you know that you can never get it wrong.
Every single one of us has the potential to be and do more than we currently are. The choice is yours of course but few take up the challenge. In a way, whether or not you reach your goal doesn’t matter because it’s the pursuit of a worthy goal that enriches our lives and makes it far more meaningful than the accomplishment of it.
When I ask people what it is they want in their life, they will often begin by telling me what they DO NOT want and what isn’t working. That’s okay, it’s a starting point and can help give you direction.
Making smaller steps initially is much better than aiming for a goal that you may unconsciously not believe is attainable. As your self-belief in your own progress grows, so you can expand upon your dreams and desires.
When something happens try not to go overboard and over-react. Accept that there will be setbacks in your life. Instead realise that the contrast you experience in life, the things you don’t want vs. the things you do want all help us to grow and is a part of life’s rich tapestry. Focus upon finding solutions rather than giving up or focusing on the problem itself.
It is possible to teach yourself how to deal with difficult situations without becoming too emotional. If you learn how to handle the most stressful situations in life, then the smaller stuff will feel manageable, thus making your daily life better.
You will be amazed how much you will enjoy life more once you begin to deliberately focus upon your thoughts and consciously direct them towards better feeling thought. This ties in closely with your emotions because every thought that is repeated (and we tend to repeat the same thought over and over) will result in a feeling or emotion. So if you’re having a great day then it’s because you are thinking thoughts that support how you feel. It’s sounds almost simplistic and it is really, it’s just that we are unaware of what we are thinking much of the time. It takes practice but is worth the effort you put into it.
The simple habit of learning to breathe deeply upon command can give you back your sense of control. By ceasing thought as best you can for a period of 15 to 20 minutes a days (and it gets easier over time) will enhance your awareness of your thinking patterns. Thus giving you an opportunity to change old habits of thought that no longer serve you.
You could also bring into your mind the thought of someone special, such as your pet or anything or anyone that gives you a powerful feeling of love. Do not underestimate the power of this practice!
Many times, worry is about a scenario that hasn’t occurred and may never occur. Worry isn’t productive. Unfortunately the way life is today people tend to worry more but it serves no useful purpose.
Instead, determine how you would like to feel and put your energy towards positive outcomes rather than negative ones. You will be amazed how just this one step alone will improve your life.
To get the most out of your work time and become more productive, one thing that you could do is take frequent breaks from your tasks. It can seem counter-intuitive at first but taking mini breaks frequently will help boost your energy, your concentration and as a result you’ll get more done. Focusing your thoughts better will also reduce feelings of overwhelm allowing you to enjoy life more.
Exercise is for everyone and not just people who are trying to lose a few pounds or get fit. Studies show that exercise has many benefits including on an emotional level. Indeed there are so many different physical and emotional reasons to exercise. For starters, regular exercise is a great way to boost your mood. You are also sending a message to yourself that you matter – that your health matters.
Sometimes people know they want to change but they cannot find out how to do it. Setting smaller, easily attainable goals prevents you from becoming discouraged. If you are clear about your goals, it will be easier to measure your achievement of them.
You could enlist the help of a coach who will objectively support you, help you gain clarity and keep you focused upon what you want to achieve and this is a great way for you to get the most out of life and to enjoy life more.
What do you do to enjoy your life more?
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Janice Bowles, is a Hypnotherapist, EFT practitioner and Life Coach and has specialised in Stress Management since 1996.
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