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There are lots of tools and activities about self-development that are worth doing. If you are interested in improving yourself and making your life better, you probably can name several yourself almost immediately. But all those little changes mostly concern one or several spheres of your life. How about improving all aspects of life and turning it into something you always wanted it to be?
It’s possible…and it’s easier that you think.
What’s more is that you won’t need any planners, sophisticated tools, or a personal coach. What you will need is a pen and a notebook (or a text file on your computer) and the understanding of what exactly you want.
The problem is most of us don’t live for today. We don’t know (or refuse to realize) that what we do – or don’t do – today is the base of our tomorrow. So many of us are daydreaming about a happy tomorrow. But the harsh reality is that tomorrow will never come if you don’t live for today and don’t do your best for your own satisfaction and happiness.
Tomorrow is our fix – our solution for all of today’s problems. “I’ll start exercising tomorrow, because today I’m too tired”, “I’ll start saving when I’m promoted”, “I’m going to diet since Monday” – and the list goes on.
How long are you going to cheat yourself?
It’s high time you become more organized and responsible for your own life. And there are some steps you can take to do just that.
On Sunday evening, take a pen and paper and write down how you want to live the next week. We all have a lot of plans that are often postponed, but this time around don’t postpone anything. Always wanted to take on yoga? Write it down. Enjoy walking in the nearest park in the evening? Reserve some time for it. Your task is to plan your days not as a set of necessary actions like ‘buy milk’ or ‘pick up son from school’, but to plan the day for the life you’ve always wanted to live. It’s not a work of fiction, so don’t plan a three-day trip to Paris if you don’t have the real opportunity to realize it. But if you’ve wanted to join that acting course or visit your relatives for a long time, then these are the things to do.
Now it’s time for the most important part of this plan: Live a week following this plan. This requires your discipline and organization, but you have the strongest motivation in that you realize that it’s your life and you want to make it better.
The usefulness of living at least a week in this tempo is incredible. When you choose to do what you really want to do and make your days full of action, you become more postitive and confident. You get a marvellous feeling that your life is in your hands. You will stop being frustrated about the lack of time and opportunity to do something. And moreover, you can switch on the real magic.
And if you continue living like this, one day you’re bound to wake up and realize that your life is exactly what you wanted it to be.
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