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10 Things You Must Do to Live Your Best Life

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People often tell you to “do your best” or “be your best”, but how do you really do that? In today’s world, the standards are rising and everything has become more complex and competitive. So how do you do your best and live out the best version of yourself?

Here are 10 effective tips you should consider:

1. Be purposeful

First and foremost, if you want to live out your best life ever, you must define it. How does success look to you? What has to happen so that you will feel like you are living the best version of yourself? Understanding what kind of life you want to live is like identifying the bull’s eye. When you know where the target is, you can then fly straight to hit it. Stop being vague and don’t let others influence your life. This is your life and you are the one who gets to choose the kind of life you want to live.

2. Always on the move

Once you have identified your purpose in life, the next thing you need to do is to always move forward towards your targets and goals. Don’t just dream about what you want. Thinking about what you want but doing nothing at all is as good as having no purpose in life. Your purpose shows you the direction, but in order to get to your destination, you must walk the path. There is no way you can live your best life without taking action. So do it. Take massive and consistent action to live your best life now.

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson

3. Set your priorities right

Next, set your priorities right. You need to understand there are many things you can do in life, but not all of them are created equal. Life is like filling a jar, if you put in small stones and sand into the jar, you will have no more space for the big rocks. Hence, fill your day (jar) with high-impact (big rocks) tasks first. Once you have done that, only then you fill in the smaller stones and sands to fill the cracks between the rocks.

4. Learn and improve whenever possible

You can’t live the best version of yourself if you don’t commit to learning and improving. You are where you are right now because of what you know. Hence, if you don’t strive to learn more and improve, you will be stuck where you are and never be able to move forward. Successful people who have accomplished extraordinary results in life are constantly learning and improving themselves. They understand that the more they learn and improve, the better they can be and they more places they can go.

5. Challenge yourself

Do something to challenge yourself regularly. For instance, if you have always wanted a slim and fit body, challenge yourself to do it. Sign up for a gym class and commit to a trainer. The same goes for every other area of your life. If you want better health, challenge yourself to eat healthy foods for the next 30 days. If you want to get more sales in your business, challenge yourself or your team to do some creative marketing to attract more clients. Whatever you do, you must force yourself to venture out of your comfort zone from time to time.

6. Surround yourself with extraordinary people

This may be something you have often heard about, but are you doing it? Do you surround yourself with extraordinary people already? If not, go and get to know the titans in your industry. You can join a networking group or attend seminars to get to know others who share the same vision. Whatever you do, expand your network because you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

7. Take care of yourself

Besides pursuing success in monetary terms, you must also take care of yourself. You can’t be your best version if you are always sick, weak or depressed. Thus, take good care of yourself, both physically and emotionally. Exercise regularly and maintain a positive mental attitude. You can’t live your best life if you are always negative. Always look at the bright side of life. And if you want to learn to live a positive life, read books such as Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Power of Positive Thinking.

8. Live with passion

Have you ever seen someone who lives life without zest? They don’t have a dream, a purpose or motivation for anything in their lives. They become a ‘walking dead’. Never let this be you.Feel the excitement and all the great things that are coming to you. You have to always look forward to something great in life and feel the enthusiasm each day. This is why having a dream and a purpose in life is so important. Remember, every day is a brand new beginning, so live with passion.

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey

9. Help and inspire others

In order to unleash your best version, you must help and inspire others. Now, don’t get me wrong by thinking that you need to donate a million dollars to help others, you just need to make someone’s life better. When you meet someone in the neighborhood, just smile and greet them. Let your smile brighten up their day. Or when you are in the lift, perhaps, you can help by holding the door for someone. When you help someone and inspire them, you indirectly make yourself feel good too. And this is the kind of positive energy you need to feel and to make your life better.

10. Reflect and review

How can you tell if you are moving forward or if you are living the life you want? Simple, just take time to reflect and review your life. Every month or every quarter, take some time to reflect on your life and review the results you have achieved. Are you doing good and are you going in the right direction? Do you love your life so far and you love what you are doing? If yes, continue to improve and deliver even a better job. If not, it tells you that something is not right and you need to change it.

Life is a journey and not a destination. And to live out the best version of yourself, you must do more than just “be your best”. Use these 10 tips above as a guideline to living your best life.

Shawn Lim is the creator of StunningMotivation.com (https://StunningMotivation.com) and he’s a passionate blogger in the personal development industry who has inspired thousands to pursue their dreams and follow their passions. You can learn more about him plus download a free copy of his guidebook, Reach Your Goals on his website.

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4 Reasons Why Content Is Pivotal For Mental Health Healing

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One of the most important things for an entrepreneur’s mental health is expressing their feelings, thoughts, and emotions. This is where content creation and writing becomes pivotal. Whether you read something that resonates with you or you write a compelling blog post, the act of expressing yourself through content can help to put a smile on your face and make you feel better about things.

Most entrepreneurs don’t spend as much time taking care of their mental health as they should. Over the course of your career, you will experience a lot of ups and downs; these emotions have the potential to take a toll on your mind and body if you don’t learn to manage them properly.

Here are four reasons why expression through content is pivotal for healing, slowing yourself down, and giving yourself grace when the going gets tough.

1. Content can be a form of self-expression

When you are an entrepreneur, you frequently face feelings of insecurity, doubt, fear, apathy, and exhaustion, just to name a few. Some days it feels like no one is on your business’s side and everyone else has it all figured out. On those days some of us try to look at our website’s analytics to cheer up. 

But an even more freeing task is creating content. You create content to improve your business and reach more people’s lives. But, there is something special that happens when you write with the intention of expressing your thoughts and feelings — you open a door to yourself. 

Content is inherently personal, which means content creators open themselves up when they share their thoughts on a platform. Everything from the title of the post, the keywords they choose to include, and even the content itself helps you to understand who the author of that post truly is. And as an entrepreneur, this can be an important experience because it allows others to empathize with you.

2. Self-reflection will lift you up

As you think through what to write about and how to express yourself, the process of self reflection is a valuable step you need to go through. You’re able to reflect on the blessings you have, assess what you learned from the negative experiences, and create a plan on how to maintain the positive experiences you’ve had. 

There are a few ways that self reflection can help you with mental health healing. The act of reflecting on your experiences helps to create clarity in feelings, thoughts and emotions which will eventually lead into acceptance for what has happened or is happening currently without feeling overwhelmed by it all. This process also leads people towards finding new things they enjoy doing. Self reflection is therapeutic and can be implemented anytime you feel the need to overcome overwhelm.

“Writing in a journal each day allows you to direct your focus to what you accomplished, what you’re grateful for and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow. Thus, you more deeply enjoy your journey each day.” – Hal Elrod

3. A sense of belonging and camaraderie

It is important to have a support network of people who will listen and understand what you are going through. When you post a blog or upload a video on YouTube, there are others who feel the same way and experience a sense of connection with you.

When you put time, attention and thoughtfulness into your writing, it is amazing when someone reads what you’ve written and comments on it thanking you or expressing how they resonate with what you’re going through. It’s hard to put into words how powerful it feels when someone who has gone through the same experience and reads your words then reaches out.  There is power in expression but miracles happen when people bond over a similar experience.

4. Library of content to share with more people

It can be very difficult to know what content to share with people as the symptoms of mental health disorders (anxiety, depression, etc.) vary from person to person. But as you accumulate more and more content, this will increase the number of articles or videos available for readers to choose from depending on their specific purpose. It also builds your personal library of resources you’re able to share to different people you encounter or engage directly with.

As chaotic and distracting social media can be, it can also be a beacon of hope with the right content. Many people share viral posts, or content that interest them. Since your content is valuable and personal, the more you share it, the more likely it is to be shared with the right audience.

You never know who is watching (reading)

Your content is speaking to someone and even though they may not be actively engaged, their experiences with your work are impacting them. Think about the last time you watched TV: did everyone in the room have something entertaining to say? 

You never know who’s watching because there’s always somebody reading your posts or viewing your videos-even if they just skim through it briefly. This is why creating content worth consuming is critical, not only to get you out of your funk, but also to serve your audience.  Be authentic and stay true to yourself; make every post count as an opportunity for connection with your best self and for potential readers to bond with you.

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5 Ways To Invest In Yourself and Change Your Life

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Warren Buffett once said, the best investment you can ever make is in yourself. Time and money spent on bettering yourself are never considered a waste. Whether it’s through learning how to make money online, exploring new ways to increase your financial security, or watching TED talks to expand your knowledge. Do not be stingy when it comes to self-improvement because it will definitely pay off in the end. 

Need some ideas to get started on your journey to becoming a better you? Here are 5 ways to invest in yourself and transform your life. 

1. Change Your Self-Concept

Having a negative self-concept can have a tremendous impact on your life. Limiting beliefs and self-doubt are some of the main reasons why many never achieve or attempt to pursue their dreams. Take a moment and think about all the negative thoughts you have repeated to yourself throughout your life. How have these thoughts impacted the way you live life? From now on, create a new self-image by turning these negative thoughts into positive ones and appreciate your good qualities. 

2. Sign Up For An Online Course

If you’ve been wanting to brush up on your Photoshop skills or learn how to code professionally, this is the perfect time to get started. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you can access an endless amount of valuable information online. For example, sites like Coursera and Youtube are both awesome resources for online learning. With a few search strings and clicks, you can find all the information you need. 

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” – Robin Sharma

3. Learn From a Mentor

No matter which stage of your life you are currently in, working with a mentor can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. Not only can they guide you in the right direction, but also transform your vision, provide you with new insights, and connect you with amazing resources. If you’re feeling unmotivated or unsure about what you want to do in life, consider finding a mentor to help you navigate this process. 

4. Start A Side Hustle

The salary from a 9-5 job would rarely allow you to reach your maximum income potential. Why not achieve financial success while pursuing your passion by starting a side hustle? Whether it’s through starting an ecommerce business, freelance writing on the side, or starting a Youtube channel. There are infinite numbers of ways to make money, and there is bound to be one out there that fits your passion and skills. 

5. Nourish Your Body

As many may say, “health is the new wealth”. Without a healthy and functioning body, living a fulfilling and comfortable life becomes difficult. To take care of your body and prioritize your wellbeing, start with small habits such as eating healthier foods and exercising regularly. Bike or walk to work instead of taking the car, and opt for a healthy protein bowl instead of greasy burgers at Burger King. With time, these small habits can make an incredible difference.

Check out the infographic below, to see more ways you can invest in yourself:

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How to Turn Inward and Detox Your Mind

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When we are overwhelmed by confusion, our psyche tries to establish certainty to alleviate our discomfort. This is usually accomplished by mentally imagining and acting out a plot. Unfortunately, much of the time, we mentally visualize pessimistic (or worst-case scenario) scenarios to provide certainty. (more…)

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12 Things to Give Up if You Want to Be Productive

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It’s almost euphoric, the feeling of ticking away boxes on the to-do list, at the end of a long day. It’s like you have seized the day or something. With cell phones buzzing every minute with notifications or ringing with a large number of versatile options, it can be hard to maintain focus on your work, and be productive. Luckily with a little determination and following some tips, you can be productive, provided you either cut down on certain things or give them up altogether. (more…)

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