Many of us often feel as though someone else is driving our lives – going with the flow and not making solidified decisions on our own. It is depressing to say the least when you know that you are not in charge of your own life. You tend to feel helpless and this takes a toll on your self-esteem. Boost your confidence by applying these six principles to help you unlock an amazing life.
- What are you avoiding?
Often times when we feel that we are not in charge of our lives, it is because there are things that you ought to be doing but you are avoiding them at all cost. These are things that you know are capable of changing your life but certain insecurities are holding you back.
Dig deep and determine exactly what you are avoiding and then tackle them head on. Also, point out what is causing the avoidance. Is it that the task is too hard or is it just outright laziness?
This will be your first step to taking charge of your life.
- Let go of expectations
People will always let you down; either intentionally or unintentionally
Expecting so much from people or life in general will make you feel as though you are not in control of your life because the reality is often far from the expectations.
When you let go of expectations, you are able to live your life better because you are content with what you achieve without being complacent.
You know you are putting in the efforts to achieve that what you are working towards.
- Identify your time wasters
What is your morning routine like? Do you hit the snooze button and then take your phone and drown in social media?
I am a terrible snoozer myself and when I do this, I feel really bad and guilty for wasting precious time of my morning. This guilt makes me jump up and start my day.
Do you binge on TV shows or take too much time to get ready?
All these suck time and in order to take charge of your life, you have to identify them and intentionally seek to eliminate them.
- Balance out your life
Look at the different important areas of your life and ensure they are all balanced out well.
Balance your studies, work and hobbies.
Do not put too much emphasis on your career and leaving out your social life and vice versa.
- Prioritize yourself
This is probably the most important principle of them all in efforts to have an amazing life.
Many times, we are in relationships that we focus so much on the other person and forget about ourselves. We literally put ourselves in the trunk as we seek to please and make the others happy and comfortable.
We forget to love ourselves in the process of loving others.
It has been proven that we become better individuals and can relate better with others when we love ourselves and make ourselves a priority.
This does not mean you are selfish. Far from it. As a matter of fact, when you love yourself, your other relationships benefit.
Remember, you cannot dish out from an empty cup. It has to be full first.
- Start making small changes
Taking charge of your life does not necessarily mean being in total control of everything in the universe. There are some things that are definitely out of our reach.
Start small like for instance waking up immediately that alarm goes off
Say NO or YES and mean it
Purpose to do something you have always wanted to do such as starting a blog, writing a book or going back to school.
Nike says: Just do It
Remember it is in conquering the small battles that will enable us win the big war.
Appreciate the small wins. They may look insignificant now but they will add up and make sense in the long run.
It is understandable that life is not always straight. There are curves to bend, tunnels to go through, hurdles to jump and even thorns that will prick us. These should, however, not define your life. Your outlook on your life is in your hands. Unlock an amazing life using these principles.
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