Now before we dive in I have a question for you. If you could incorporate one additional thing into your everyday life that could make you happier, what would it be?
I ask because it can be overwhelming sometimes to create positive change and step away from what we are used to, especially when the brain is so used to behaving and thinking in a certain way. But, what’s important to remember is that doing the little things can make all the difference to create that positive change we desire.
So, with that in mind, I want to share 8 ways to audaciously live a happier life and, the great thing is, you can start today, because there is no time like the present!
1. Make no apologies for who you are, what you value, stand for and believe in
Not everyone needs to like or accept us, it’s just the way life is. Don’t compromise yourself for someone else to make them feel more comfortable. That doesn’t lead to fulfilment, it leads to unhappiness.
2. Challenge the beliefs you have about what you can and can’t do
Now I’m kinda obsessed with the brain because I find it fascinating and, according to research, we have up to 60,000 thoughts each day, and up to 80% of them are negative. What you think will become your reality, so challenge the things that you tell yourself. Replace words such as “I can’t” because, maybe, you actually can. 😉
3. Look for the opportunities
Playing the victim doesn’t lead to a fulfilled life. Be optimistic and look for the opportunities that can come from any given situation and actually elevate you as part of the process. Think about something you may be going through right now. What does light at the end of the tunnel look like? That is the opportunity, work towards it.
4. Listen to your gut
Take time to get in tune with yourself and who you are. It can be easy to allow the noise of what others think you should do about something you may be going through. But, here’s the thing, “others’ are not the ones who have to live with the outcome, it’s you. Hold yourself accountable for the outcomes of your choices and listen to your gut. Silence the mind and find that quiet space.
5. Be fearless
I never thought I would take the leap to working for myself because I was never a risk-taker. Now I view things with the lens of “what’s the BEST thing that can happen?” Yes, the best thing, not the worst. It’s far too easy to view things through a negative lens. It’s amazing what actually takes place when the lens is positive because when your mind is focused on the worst, it feeds the fear instead of diminishing it.
6. Face things head-on
We may be able to escape life for a moment or two, but the things that hurt our progress will always be there until we stand up and face things head-on.
7. Live in the moment
Take a look around you right now and absorb the beauty that is around you, whether it’s outside or inside. Value it because it can be taken away without notice.
8. Follow your dreams
If you have a dream, go for it. Even if you don’t succeed, at least you won’t have any regrets or wonder about what could have been. Don’t leave your dreams on a shelf gathering dust while you just get by in life.