If you had to relive your life, without being able to change anything… would you want to?
Most people think of life as something over which they have no control, which just “happens to them,” but you can take control of your reality, shaping it according to how you think, feel and act. Here are some tips for you if you are feeling frustrated with the direction in which your life has been going.
1. Realize that life is responding, not happening, to you.
The energy you give off begins in your mind; thinking positive thoughts will make you see positive things happening. Think of your mind as a “factory” where you “manufacture” reality based on what you order. If you start cultivating positive thoughts, you will be able to manufacture a reality of much higher quality.
2. Never give away your power to anything external.
Many of us find it more convenient to blame people or things outside ourselves than to take responsibility for our lives. You may, for instance, blame your employer when you dislike your job, rather than yourself for choosing such a job, or others for spreading disease rather than yourself for not taking enough care of your immune system. Once you accept that you are your ship’s captain, no one and nothing can ever steer you wrong.
3. Listen to your heart.
Despite others constantly telling you which direction your life should take, the ultimate decision is yours. You know your heart better than anyone else.
4. Learn to say no if someone or something doesn’t resonate with you.
This enables you to say yes to people and activities that serve your best interests.
5. Take control of your health.
You have everything as long as you have your health. Make a pact with yourself to eat many raw fruits and vegetables, exercise moderately, get plenty of sleep and otherwise live a healthy lifestyle.
6. Look for a new job if unhappy with your present one.
We all came into this world to change it, not just to pay our bills and taxes. If your job makes you feel like just another “cog in the machine,” instead of allowing you to follow your true purpose, don’t think twice about resigning. People have also created jobs that support their highest missions, and you can too — think of how liberating it feels to get paid to do what you love.
7. Forget about “the norms.”
Being in command of your life means feeling comfortable marching to the beat of your own drum. Too many people “fall into line” because it feels safe but not necessarily right; they fear being judged by others. You were born to stand out!
8. Do more of what makes you happy.
Many people fear failure when trying something new. Living intentionally means taking control of your own happiness.
9. Live within your means.
What do you really need to survive? Sell anything unnecessary.
10. Become more mindful.
Meditation can help you to become more aware of yourself and the universe, and thus to take responsibility for yourself and what happens to you.