While it may feel like everything in your life is about keeping up with the Joneses and getting to the next level, that’s not necessarily a good thing. Having to constantly prove yourself and compete with others to advance can take a toll on you, but there are ways you can undo the unnecessary in your life. Instead of trying to do more, be more and have more, these unneeded aspects of your life are holding you back from who you really want to become. Undo the unnecessary in your life by figuring out what those elements of your current lifestyle aren’t adding value or beauty to your existence.
Get clear about what’s next for YOU
What are you trying to accomplish? Who are you trying to be? What do you want to become? Getting clear on these questions can help you ditch the unnecessary aspects of your life as they may be holding you back from who you really want to become. If you’re not sure where you are in life, or if your goals are in a limbo between dreams and reality, getting clear on where you want to go can help you get unstuck.
If you want to get into a new career, but you’re spending most of your free time working for free at your current job to save for a future change, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Ditch the idea of working for free for a short amount of time in order to save for a future change. Instead of trying to get a new career, shift your goals to something that will make you happy (and allow you to pay your bills!) while also adding up to your savings goal.
Establish your morning routine
Daily rituals are everything. They set the tone for your day and help you establish the right mindset for whatever you want to get done that day. If you don’t have anything to get you out of bed and into the day, it’s going to be a less-than-stellar 24 hours without any positive change.
Daily rituals can be as simple as having a glass of water or a cup of herbal tea, turning on your favorite podcast or audiobook to get you out of bed, and setting your phone to your favorite weather app that reminds you of what’s out there.
Daily rituals don’t have to be restricted to the morning; you can set up a similar ritual for when you’re relaxing at night to help you unwind from the day and aid in sleep.
Here is my routine:
I start my day 5am the first 3 hours are “Me Time.” Next, I start with gratitude move towards prayer get quiet in meditation then start moving the body with exercise. Just that simple. I must say without my morning routine my day is everywhere and I am out of sync. Trust me, morning routine sets the tone for your day, growth and wins!
Try fasting for a day or two to get rid of bad habits
If you’re trying to build a healthy new habit, but you’re always starving and falling back into your old habits, it’s not going to be effective. Have a cup of herbal tea instead of eating donuts for breakfast and you may find yourself more in the mindset of wanting to add those new healthy habits to your life.
Instead of trying to get rid of a certain bad habit, like drinking too much or eating too little, have you tried ignoring that bad habit? Maybe you’ve tried going a day without thinking about those things, or you’ve tried to force yourself not to think about them?
Break bad habits by ignoring that thought or breaking the association between that thought and a particular action.
Stop dwelling on the past
We all make mistakes, but it’s important not to dwell on them. Dwelling on the past is a great way to bring that past negative experience into your present moment. Next time you find yourself thinking about an old mistake or negative experience, ask yourself why you’re bringing it into your current life. Maybe, if you’re lucky, you have a journal or notebook you can use to write out what you’re thinking and why you’re adding it to your life.
You can’t change the past, but you can use the past as an opportunity to learn and grow as a person.
Change your perspective
As much as you want to beat yourself up for what you did in the past, it’s a waste of energy. What’s done is done, and you can’t change that. What you can change is your perspective on the mistake and the way forward from that mistake.
You can use that mistake as a lesson to learn something new. You can use that mistake as a source of motivation to change yourself for the better.
The most important thing is to examine that mistake in a new way. Is there something you can learn from this experience? Is there something you can change about yourself from this experience?
We never lose we learn lessons by changing our perspective.
If there’s anything we can learn from life and the experiences that come along the ride, it’s that life is not meant to be taken casually. Everyone walks around with their own set of unneeded things in their lives that don’t bring anything good. These things can be anything from negative habits, friends, things, jobs, or even places you live. The good news is that you can easily change all of this. All you have to do is get rid of the unneeded things in your life and put your energy towards the things that truly matter. What matters? It’s you!