Changing life, improving it, shaping it according to our desires is our daily choice. Every action is followed by a reaction. Are your actions consistent with the reactions you desire?
“Life is like raw marble and we are the sculptors. We can sculpt our existence by making it something wonderful or we can make it something horrible: it's all in our hands. "
Last month the phrase "change your life”Was searched 14.800 times on Google. In the last 4 weeks, 14.800 people have hoped to find an answer to a question that haunts them in the depths of the web: how can I improve my life?
I can tell you right away that in this article you will not find any secret, cosmic law or ascetic practice to change your life; on the contrary you will find 4 practical ways to start improve your life starting today.
1. Become a word eater
More and more often I realize that friends, acquaintances, colleagues, have long since abandoned one of the most important habits to improve one's life: reading.
As a blogger, defining reading as one of the most important habits to change your life denotes a "very slight" conflict of interest, yet every change is born from an idea and often the best ideas are born from the words read in a book, in an article or in a blog post.
To change your life you don't need to read exclusively personal growth books: fossilizing yourself on a single kind of reading can be limiting. Explore authors you've never read, genres and topics you've never explored. The best ideas are often the application in a new field of concepts well known in another field.
How many books do you read in a month? Newspapers? Blog? If you want to start changing seriously, you have to allow new ideas to enter your life and you can start today: they just recommended this archive with more than 200 articles on personal growth ;-).
2. Create moments of emptiness
We are often obsessed with the idea of having to fill every moment of our life. When was the last time you took 10-20 minutes to reflect or meditate?
André… but I have to work, I have to run from one side to the other, I can't just scratch my shoulders for 10-20 minutes!
Sometimes we are so busy with our commitments that we don't even notice we're staying spinning in circles: creating moments of reflection could be the most productive gesture of your day. Create space in your agenda for these 10-20 minutes of emptiness, for meditation, visualization or simple reflection.
You can use a guided meditation, you can visualize what you would like to become and what you would like to feel in your life, you can reflect on the events of your day, perhaps writing them down in your personal diary.
The choice is up to you, but remember: when the lake waters are rough you will see nothing but the rippled surface, but when the lake waters are calm and clear then your gaze can reach the bottom.
3. Stay fit
If I had to say what was the best habit I adopted this year, I would definitely say: doing sports as the first gesture of the day.
What I appreciate about sports are not so much the effects on my body as those on my mind. When you train constantly: you train your self-discipline, you increase your productivity and your focus, you create a generalized feeling of well-being and finally you are able to give a different rhythm to your day.
4. Improve your diet
They say we are what we eat. Guess what you'll become if you keep eating junk? ;-)
I'm not a diet addict: everything else. In a few minutes, as soon as the article is finished, I will go and prepare an amazing pasta alla carbonara. Yet small improvements to our diet can guarantee us huge benefits for our health.
If you have serious eating disorders, my advice is to contact an expert and avoid the many tales that run on the net or in commercials. But if you feel the simple need to improve your diet, here are some eating habits I've been working on in recent months that have proven to be particularly effective:
- Swap snacks between meals with some fruit.
- Get yourself a cup of mixed seasonal fruit and honey to regain lost energy.
- Learn to eat more fish and less red meat.
Hey… I'm not a nutrition expert, remember that; but for common sense, luckily, you don't need a degree yet!