As I reflect back on the journey I have been on for a few years now, I am quite amazed with the transformation that I have experienced — almost all of them, in a positive way.
When I was a teenager, still searching for an identity, one of the not-so positive habits I formed was in the choice of music I listened. I started listening to hip-hop music or more specifically, rap music — the kind which used to have a warning on the CD cover of “explicit lyrics.” This practice continued all through high school, university and the first few years after I completed my university studies.
This behaviour even reached the point where I was listening to it at 6.00am in the morning driving to work. I had always told myself that I would stop listening to it after I finished my university studies but that never happened. A couple of events in my life, especially me questioning what type of work I wanted to do, led me on my personal development journey.
At one stage I thought I would just stop listening to rap music because I knew it wasn’t supporting me on this new journey I was on. However, that was a real struggle and I totally failed with that. The music was like a drug that I needed to have a dose of every day.
Thankfully, I had enough sense to invest in personal development audio programs and slowly over time, my need to listen to rap music faded away. My desire to learn more via audio programs replaced the need to listen to music and it has reached the stage now where I don’t even listen to rap music. This is a practice that has had a major effect on what I have been able to accomplish because rather than wasting time listening to music, I am using the same amount of time to invest in my own development.
Here are 10 proven practices that will help transform your life radically such that when you reflect back on your life years later, you will be astounded with the changes you will experience, if you stay consistent.
- Being grateful daily. Taking just a few minutes to be thankful for what you have in life is a great way to start your day. As the saying goes, “The more you are grateful for, the more you will be given to be grateful for.”
- Review each day. Every day, we are given many opportunities to learn lessons and grow as a person. Unless we take the time to review those experiences, chances are we will miss the lessons we need to learn. Journalling is a really powerful way to review your day.
- Celebrate any wins you’ve had, no matter how small they are. Celebration can be a very powerful motivator for many of us and the more we celebrate, the more we are inclined to continue to get better at what we do or who we are.
- Take care of yourself physically. Our physical health dictates how we think and feel about ourselves, which ultimately affects our actions or behaviours. Regular exercise, proper diet and nutrition all play a key part in maintaining our physical health.
- Say no more often. We all lead busy lives and don’t need to add more things to our lives. Learning to say no without offending or making someone else wrong is something is will be highly beneficial in the long run.
- Release or let go of negative emotions. Negative emotions often leads to stress and can result in health-related issues. Being able to let go of past experiences, that we deem to be negative, frees us from the stories or meaning we give to those experiences. When we let go of negative emotions, we always feel this relief, like a weight has been lifted off our shoulders.
- Surround yourself with positive, inspiring people. We are who we surround ourselves with. If we’re around negative people most of the time, chances are that we also will have a negative view of the world. Being around forward-thinking, driven people will rub off on us and cause us to also to model their actions or behaviours.
- Read something uplifting daily. One of the best ways to acquire new skills or develop ourselves is through reading books. With technology the way it is today, we can read almost at any time through all the various devices now available. Reading doesn’t have to be limited to books. You can read uplifting and inspiring blogs like this one, as an example.
- Forgive yourself. We tend to be our own biggest critic. As we aren’t perfect human beings, we ill make mistakes. The key is to be able to forgive ourselves for anything we believe not to be aligned with who we are, learn from it and move on. As the saying goes, “We cannot forgive others if we’re unable to forgive ourselves.”
- Seek to understand other people’s perspectives. We’re all different. We have different beliefs, opinions and perspectives. Rather than judge someone for not having the same beliefs or opinions as you, being able to understand where they are coming from first will make such a big difference. If you’re able to see things from their perspective, you’ll appreciate them for who they are, even if you don’t agree with them.
We’re all on a journey of discovery and growth. The more things we experience, the more we learn about ourselves, others and the world. Being able to apply some, if not all, of these practices, will assist in making a major difference to the quality of your life. Start with one and add the others over time.
Question: What practice has transformed your life in a positive way?
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