“Live inspired. I believe that inspiration is contagious. When we surround ourselves with inspiration, we’re inspired, and in turn, we inspire others.”
I wanted to write this post for numerous reasons – one being that I believe a majority of our happiness, is based on our thoughts. Lately, I have really had god testing my waters, but I am learning that happiness is a choice that we have to make every single day and it takes a lot of effort on our end to be “happy.” Happiness may come fairly easier to some people, given the cards that have been dealt to you, whereas others may have to work a little harder for this feeling. When all is said and done, there are a few things we can do to learn how to master the art of being happy, which starts with a positive attitude.
Let’s also keep in mind here, not all of our lives are perfect, and life can be a huge rollercoaster of emotions. Heck, I can be happy one minute and sad the next, depending on the situation of course. We can’t alter what is to come our way, but we can train ourselves to alter our mindset and our reactions to certain situations. Today, I am going to jump right in with some of my tips that I use to help transition myself in choosing happiness and being as productive as I can be.
|1| Practice Gratitude
Start every day by being grateful. For a roof, for food, for clothes, for a bed, for family, for friends, for peace, for love, for everything you HAVE, instead of everything you don’t have. I practice this every morning as soon as I wake up and every night before I go to sleep.
|2| Keep your space clean
I can’t preach this one enough. Clean space, clean mind. I cannot stand clutter! Call me crazy, but you a drop a crumb and I am on the floor cleaning! Having a clean and organized space leads to a functional, positive way of thinking. I can’t knock anything off of my to-do list if I have a mess left behind. This helps my productivity level and also makes me feel darn freakin amazing. The easiest way to keep up with cleaning is to put things back as soon as you are done with them!
|3| Focus on what you have, not what you don’t have
I feel that this is something we don’t do often enough – we spend a lot of time “wishing” for bigger and better things. It’s more than okay to have goals set and want to aim to achieve greater things in life, but we sometimes forget to really enjoy the moment and we have right now. Just remember, where you are RIGHT NOW, is exactly where you are supposed to be.
|4| Set small goals & take baby steps
We have all have goals, big and small, and I know you have heard this one before, but if we want to lose 20 pounds it ain’t gunna happen overnight. Instead of setting ONLY a large goal that may take months, or even years, start by setting small, tiny goals and break the big goal down into a few sections. Start with 2 pounds, then 5, then 10 and so on. Creating a list on how to achieve each of these goals has also helped me to break down exactly what steps I need to take in order to get where I’d like to me. This can go for anything – losing weight, writing more blog posts, staying active a few times a week, reading a book, advancing in your career. Whatever it is that you want to achieve, write it down and write down an action plan.
|5| Practice what you preach
If you’re going to give good advice to other people, you should also be giving good advice to yourself! It can be so easy to give advice to other’s but not know what decisions to take for ourselves sometimes. Listen to yourself more often and as it’s written, “practice what you preach” to others.
|6| Don’t compare yourself to others
It is so easy to get caught up in the world of comparison. I am guilty of it myself, and I think about it a lot. We see what other people have, sometimes wishing we had what they had. I’ve learned, instead, to use this as motivation to become the best possible version of myself, instead of aiming to be ‘better’ than others. We thrive by lifting each other up!
|7| Sweat it out
Breaking a sweat can be the number 1 way to live a happier, positive lifestyle. I stopped working out for a while and I felt it drastically. As soon as I get a work out in, the pump automatically helps me to re-focus and de-stress. I love going outside for walks with Roxy, bike riding with Joe or taking a spin class. Find what it is that you enjoy and do that!
|8| Get dressed, get ready & own it.
No matter how much you may not want to… get up, take a shower and get ready to tackle the day. Do it no one else but yourself.