Sometimes it’s easy to focus on the negative aspects of our lives, to dwell on what we perceive as lacking rather than all we have gained. I know I often focus too much on where I want to be and don’t take enough time to look at the amazing journey I have been on so far. If we focus too much on what we don’t have it can be impossible to manifest the things we want into our lives, so here are three ways to nurture the life you have now, in order to grow the life you want in your future.
Taking a breather and reflecting on all the things you have to be grateful for is a fantastic way to not only fill yourself with gratitude but also to energise yourself ready for the pursuit of your next goals. I like to practice gratitude at the end of a meditation by saying out-loud, “thank-you” for at least three things I am thankful for that day. If you’d like to explore the power of gratitude more, then I’d highly recommend reading “The Magic”.
Take care of yourself first.
I always used to find it funny how on airplanes they had to tell you to apply your own oxygen mask first before helping others, but now I understand a whole lot more why it is important to look after number one to ensure you’re in the best possible position to help others later. If your health is suffering, for whatever reason, be it poor diet, smoking, excessive drinking or simply a lack of self awareness, you are going to be unable to fulfil your maximum potential. Although I do not consider myself to suffer from addiction I have recently enjoyed read Russel Brand’s – Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions, which highlights how a 12 step programme can be applied to many aspects of your life, from alcohol rehab to simply self-harming thoughts or negative actions and how by overcoming these demons and tackling them head on we free ourselves to persue the things we really want in our lives.
I never used to set goals – and as such I never felt like I reached my goals. After all how can I possibly reach a goal I have not set? Since practicing the habit of regularly setting goals I have become far more aware of the progress I am making in my life – be that financially, socially, physically or emotionally and as such I am feeling a heightened sense of achievement and gratitude. In my opinion it is important to have both long and short term goals in order to make the most progress. Having a goal such as ‘buy a house’ can seem massively unattainable but breaking that down into smaller, more manageable goals such can help you to continue making progress towards the bigger goal without losing motivation. I have recently taken my goal setting to a new level by buying a bullet journal and segmenting it into the areas of my life I wish to set goals for. I have found it hugely motivating to be able to see visually the progress I am making and to have a record of these life events which I can look back on in future years.
These are just three of the things that I have been doing for the past 12 months and those that have contributed most to some significant changes in my life. Give them a try and let me know how you get on – It’s never too late to start over.