Paulo Coelho once said: “One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Do it now.”
Many of us put our happiness and dreams on hold for another day. The truth is life is happening right now. If you want to make positive changes, today is the day.
Want to know where to begin? Here are 15 things to start doing for yourself.
1. Create a vision for your life
Get clear on your purpose, what drives you and what you desire for your love life, relationships, career, finances, lifestyle, well being and personal growth.
2. Meditate daily
Your investment of a few minutes of time will come back to you tenfold in the form of increased insight, inner peace, creativity and compassion.
3. Treat your body well
It is your home on this earth so nourish it with water, whole foods, walks, yoga and exercise.
4. Listen to your heart and intuition
Your heart is the key to your life purpose and it will provide you with wisdom and guidance that your thinking mind cannot comprehend.
5. Mix up your routine
Don’t live the same year 85 times and call it a life — try a new route, coffee shop, walking trail, hobby, activity, city or career.
6. Get clear on your values
Your deep underlying motivators like freedom, creativity, wisdom, abundance, vitality, connection and authenticity — and start basing your life around them.
7. Make time for joy and pleasure
Write a list of all the things that make you come alive and do them weekly — the whole world will benefit from your light and joy.
8. Pause throughout the day
Take your attention away from the circling thoughts and worries in your head and connect with the sights, sounds, smells, textures and beauty of life surrounding you.
9. Get comfortable being you
You were made by the Universe for a reason and you are a one-of-a-kind. Own who you are.
10. Create rituals
Whether it’s a morning prayer, evening book or weekend brunch, rituals can help you incorporate your values into your life.
11. Give thanks
Gratitude is magic — it makes what you have enough and attracts more goodness into your life. You are blessed to be alive.
12. Go after your dreams
Give things a go — you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. You are more likely to regret not trying than trying. What is life for if not for living fully?
13. Spend time with good company
We are heavily influenced by those around us, so surround yourself with dreamers, doers, believers, thinkers and those who bring out your greatness.
14. Love and accept yourself
When you improve your relationship with yourself, your other relationships and your life improve naturally. Everything starts to work.
15. Forgive others
As the Chinese proverb says: “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” Forgive others and set yourself free.