Hey all! So in lieu of trying to be more positive, I’ve decided to stop focusing solely on what I can improve by taking time to reflect on what I’ve done well. As you know, I’ve taken a 180 when it comes to how I approach life. I wouldn’t consider my old self an angry person per se, but I definitely wasn’t Mr. Chipper either. I guess I just never really saw the bright side of things…the glass was always half empty. Thankfully, something happened to me in college that made me change my ways. It wasn’t like I flipped a switch; it was a slow and gradual change. I came to see how much better life is when you slow down and appreciate it. To be honest, there’s nothing fun about living in a state of negativity. It just makes life miserable, so why not be happy? Because it’s easier said than done! Today, I want to share with you 5 things I did to transform my life in the hopes that at least one of them can benefit you. So here we go!
1) Have Faith
It goes without saying that ever since I started taking more time to acknowledge God in my day, the better life has been. Even when something bad happens, having my faith to lean on has given me the support I need to get through it. It’s the kind of support that family and friends can’t provide. It’s lasting. Even more so, knowing I can give God my worries lets me focus on everything else in life. He sets the foundation for me to be able to do the next 4 things.
Tip: Take a moment every day to thank God for what you have, whether it’s good or bad. He gives it all to us for a reason.
College students and business executives alike will tell you that it’s not about what you know but who you know. Often times, many of the opportunities I’ve been blessed with have arisen out of my connections. Even when they haven’t, simply involving myself in clubs and organizations has opened my eyes to new people and ways of thinking. Who knows, maybe someone I’ve met will be my future boss or help me get hired. It also doesn’t hurt to have friends every once in a while 🙂
Tip: Don’t be afraid to meet new people. Take the initiative and introduce yourself. You never know where that connection might lead.
3) Try Something New
Have you ever been talking to someone who says he/she doesn’t like a certain food, but you come to find out they’ve never tried it? How can you dislike something you’ve never tried? Our culture is set up to keep people in their comfort zones, and we’re never given the opportunity to discover all that life offers. Trust me, there’s so much more out there than you can imagine. If I never had started this blog, I wouldn’t be on my current career path, and I never would have realized how much I love mental health. Plus if you try it and don’t like it, then you learned. What’s the harm in that?
Tip: Try something new, whether it’s a food, organization, or way of thinking. You’ll be surprised at what you learn.
Traveling is so cheap and readily accessible these days that there’s really no excuse for not doing it. You don’t have to fly to Barcelona to experience a new culture; you can drive down to the Everglades and see how people there live their lives. You can go to Miami and experience the Hispanic culture or venture to St. Augustine to learn the history of your state. Contrary to popular American beliefs, there’s so much we can learn from history and other cultures…new ways of doing things, new ways to approach life, and new ways to cook. Experiencing these things will not only benefit you personally, but professionally. According to US News & World Report, more than 70% of Fortune 100 CEOs have lived and worked abroad for more than 2 years. Traveling gives you insight, and companies love that.
Tip: Take a day trip to somewhere you’ve never been. Learn about that culture!
5) Believe in Yourself
This is definitely one of the most important things I did to transform my life. Having the will to try new things and meet new people never would have happened if I didn’t believe in myself. When you have confidence, it shows in ways you don’t even realize. You carry a certain charisma that other people latch onto. People want to give you responsibility because they know you’ll get it done, and that gives you experience, which leads to success. For me, the easiest way to become more confident was to dive right in, no matter how uncomfortable it made me. The things that tend to make you more confident are the things that scare you. To get over that fear, you have to face it head on, no matter how terrifying it sounds. Try it. You’ll be amazed.
Tip: Do what makes you uncomfortable. You’ll realize you’re a lot stronger than you thought, and the confidence will soon follow.
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