Everyone wants to make changes in their lives, but how many people do you know who actually make those changes?
For most people, including myself, change is HARD.
There are, however, a few changes that you can make in your life that, though they seem small, will have a huge impact. And remember, the more results you see, the more motivation you'll get to achieve even more and more. So, without further ado, here's four small changes that you can make in your life that will have BIG results.
1. Waking Up Earlier
When I first began working from home, I found myself crawling out of bed at 11 AM. I wouldn't even get started with work until 1 PM at the earliest. And then I was left to wonder, where had my whole day gone to?
So when I decided to buckle down and really get a better handle on my life, one of the first new habits I implemented was an earlier waking time. I now rise at 7 AM, and I couldn't be happier with the results I've seen since making this one small change.
What have I personally gained by becoming an early riser?
- Increased productivity
- Increased creativity
- Decreased levels of stress
If you're happy with your current sleep schedule as a night owl, fantastic! Waking up early isn't for everyone. But, if you're looking to change up your days or simply want to see how waking earlier will impact your work habits, then I urge you to give it a try.
2. Letting Go of Control
In a world that seems so completely out of control, it's absolutely normal to find yourself grasping for control in your own life.
But, control is a funny thing. The more control you think you have, the less control you actually have. You're spending hours upon hours on needless worrying, and for what? It's highly unlikely that your worrying and nagging and nitpicking will actually have any positive effects on the outcome.
So, instead of wasting your time and your energy, consider what you'll gain from letting go of control, like:
- The knowledge that life will go on, and that needing to tweak your plans or change your direction isn't the end of the world
- The ability to see the peace and beauty in everyday things
- Clarity of mind
- More time to spend on what's really important
If you want to live a freer life, then you need to begin to let go of control piece by piece. @BeginnerBliss
If you want to learn more about the benefits of letting go of control and how you can go about doing so, tinybuddha has an excellent write up on this here.
3. Choosing the Unknown
“You will either step forward into growth, or you will step back into safety.” – Abraham Maslow
Humans are creatures of habit and, for the most part, this benefits us as a species.
When it comes to experiencing growth, however, sometimes we need to kick old habits to the curb and choose the unknown.
This, of course, doesn't mean you should go into everything with your eyes glued shut. Instead, it's time to step back and take an inventory of your life.
What choices are you making everyday that are hurting your growth? Are you making these choices because they're the easiest or most comfortable? If you made the opposite choice, the one that was new and scary and uncomfortable, in what ways could you benefit?
4. Doing the Hard Stuff First
What “hard stuff” could you be getting out of the way first thing?
Doing the hard stuff first thing in the morning not only frees your mind, but it also gives you a feeling of accomplishment that will carry you through the rest of your day. When you've already finished your day's most important task, the rest of the tasks set in front of you will seem like a walk in the park.
What small changes have you made in your life that have had the most impact? What changes would you like to implement?
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