What does it mean to improve your life? How good or bad your quality of life is, really depends on you. Are you fair with people or are you always trying to “one-up” them? Are you grateful for everything you have or do you always wish for the things you don’t have? The first step is to be self-aware around these types of questions, so that you understand where you need improvement.
Some habits or practices are quite obvious and continuously get repeated or suggested, such as exercising, sleeping at least eight hours, eating healthy, etc. However, there are also those habits that are not so obvious.
In this post, we intend to share five habits or practices that can make your life better, as well as profoundly change the lives of those around you.
5 Habits / Practices for Improving Your Life
Define Your Goal
Clarity does matter. Take some time to define your most basic aspirations in life. Imagine yourself a couple of decades back and visualize what kind of person you wanted to be and point your actions towards that goal, today (See Related: Focus on One Goal at a Time to Succeed).
Sometimes it is crucial to minimize the amount of time you spend connected to the web, the phone and other tech. It is not that technology and connection are bad, but they often distract us or deprive us of other things that are important in life. Such as, live meetings with loved ones, or enjoying time with others.
To have more time to enjoy a better life, you should spend at least a couple of hours without the tech and start noticing the things around you. Take the time to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of your surroundings. Think about the important people in your life and reach out to them.
Dedicate at least a few minutes of your day to reflect. Spend this time thinking about the most crucial things in your life. It will help you better understand who you are and it will help you learn about your behavior (See Related: 8 Tips to Become Super Productive).
Listen & Learn
Have you heard of the phrase “speak less and listen more”? Active listening is a crucial skill that can make your life better. How you listen to others, will influence your conversations, decisions, actions, your mindset, and even your relationships.
Many people believe they are incredible listeners, but most of them are not. Research shows that people spend 60% of all conversations chatting about themselves, instead of listening to others.
Go Beyond Your Comfort Zone
“Life begins where your comfort zone ends.”
You will not find anything new within your comfort zone. All opportunities for growth, lay beyond it. Be brave enough to face your fears and enter your “discomfort” zone. There, you will find opportunities you’ve never seen before.
Stop fragmenting your happiness and invest in yourself with confidence. Live your values, acquire new skills, take calculated risks and link with others. Successful people are those who take proper care of themselves.
To take your life wherever you want, you must remember that you are braver than you think, stronger than you imagine, and more intelligent than you recognize.
So, put these 5 practices to use in your daily life and see how much you improve!