CAN YOU CHANGE YOUR life in seven days? Absolutely! Many of us can point a time when our lives changed instantly.
Maybe we had a child or a new addition to the family, moved into a new home, started a new job, bought a new car or we made a monumental decision that transformed our lives.
How Much of A Difference Can You Make?
You see, the changes that impact our lives the most are changes in the way we see the world. Not changes in the world itself. And we can change the way we perceive the world in an instant.
Sometimes even a small change can make a massive difference. The world leading hypnotist Paul McKenna gives the following illustration:
“Imagine you and a friend are walking along two parallel, straight roads, stretching side by side into the infinite distance. Now, imagine that at some point the roads shift from each other just a tiny bit. At first, the difference is not even noticeable. However, over time, that small change in direction will take the two of you to completely different destinations.”
If you commit to making tiny changes every day, over a period, you will be surprised at how far you have come and just how much you have changed. When you dedicate yourself to small actions, they will set a wave of change in many areas of your life.
An oil tanker takes a little while to start moving, but it becomes difficult to stop once it builds up sufficient momentum.
Allow me to give you one more illustration.
For many centuries, it was believed that it was not possible to run a four-minute mile. In fact, some scientists had indicated that the human body would explode if it were subjected to a four-minute mile!
On 6th of March 1954, Roger Bannister did the impossible. He ran the four-minute mile! All of a sudden, what had been thought impossible for centuries was now possible:
- The following year, thirty seven people ran the four-minute mile.
- The year after that, an incredible 300 athletes hit the once impossible four-minute mile.
Whatever the human mind believes, it generalizes as a principle. You can reprogram your mind to make you a happier, more confident and productive person.
What Do You Want to Change?
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. Mike Murdock.
There are many aspects of our lives that we may not like: Some of us are overweight while others are broke, many are unhappy and would love nothing more than to meet their soulmate. Some of us could be feeling stuck in unfulfilling relationships; jobs that we no longer enjoy; positions that no longer inspire us.
Many of us would love to change our lives: lose weight, move cities, travel the world, go back to school, fall in love, stop procrastination, get a promotion, write a book. Save money……
What are the changes you would want to see in your life?
The Powerful Strategy of New Habits
You can bring all the changes you want in your life by incorporating new habits. A study by Duke University revealed that habits form about 45 percent of our total behavior. Habits are the foundation of our lives, and if the foundation is weak, we will never be happy. The reason we fail often times is because we try to do too much at once.
How to Change Your Life in Seven Days
If we want to make massive changes in any area of our lives, we should start by choosing the change that we desire. Then, we must shrink this change into small habits. After that, we only need to start and watch good things happening in our lives.
Here is a sample plan of how you can change your life in seven days
Monday: Positive thinking
What consumes your mind controls your life.
Life could be so much better for many of us if only we would replace our negative thoughts with positive ones:
- I am a miserable failure
- Why do these things always happen to me?
- I can never do anything right: why can’t I be like X?
- I don’t think I can do this.
- Will I ever be successful?
When we think positively, we experience a pleasant feeling. When we are happy we feel more powerful, and the universe responds by bringing pleasant and powerful things our way.
- Commit to two positive thoughts every day.
- Name three things you are thankful for every day.
Work out, for a healthy body holds a healthy mind.
According to CDC, regular physical exercise boosts our thinking, learning and judgment skills. Indeed, exercise will help preserve these skills as we age. It will also reduce the risk of depression.
- Commit to walking 10 minutes every day.
- Do ten jumping jacks every day.
The greatest solution to all human problems is individual inner transformation. Vernon Howard
We are at an exciting time in history with a world that is transforming every day. Things that were unthinkable 50 years ago are now a reality. To keep up with this profoundly transformative life, we must also seek to grow and keep improving ourselves. Transformation must not only happen in our environments but also in our inner resources. Personal development is crucial to your success.
- Commit to meditating for ten minutes every day.
- Read two pages of an inspiring book every day.
Thursday: Financial growth
Whoever said money could not buy happiness simply did not know where to go shopping. – Bo Derek
We all want financial independence, and this an excellent desire. Money gives us choices and personal power. It helps us to attract new opportunities in our lives. When we have money, we can survive more, share more of ourselves and inspire more.
- Start cooking and eating at home
- Take the train to work instead of driving
- Commit to starting a side hustle
Friday: Stop procrastinating
Procrastination is hands down our favorite form of self-sabotage. – Alyce P. Corryn
Procrastination is very literally the opposite of productivity. We are always tempted to put off things that are involving, unpleasant, difficult or painful. Unfortunately, essential tasks will always be characterized by one or more of the above attributes. Procrastination can literally cripple our lives.
- Set the most import task each morning and work on it for 20 minutes.
Saturday: Find your soul mate
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. – Victor Hugo
There is nothing as electrifying as falling in love. Romantic relationships enrich our lives with friendships, courtship and love. We can confide in our romantic partners and share our problems with them. We can be comforted and receive and give unconditional friendship. How fulfilling it is to be part of something that is bigger than ourselves!
- Go somewhere each day and meet new people.
- Do something daily that will make you a fascinating person.
Take care of your body. It is the only place you have to live in.
According to CDC, carrying around too much weight is not only uncomfortable and but also damaging to our health. Being fit is also beyond being a certain size or looking great in a particular type of clothing. Research shows that there is a positive correlation between your health and mental success. Being physically fit ensures you have more energy to pursue your goals.
Also, the healthier you are, the more gracefully you age.
- Eat two healthy meals per day.
- Switch from drinking soda to drinking water
- Drink two glasses of water when you wake up and a glass every time you take a break.
Give Yourself A Pat on the Back
You can change nearly any area of your life, one habit at a time. Incorporating small habits and routines will significantly enhance your life.
Every habit is like a seed; the small daily acts plant positive suggestions in your mind that will eventually grow into powerful new ways of living. Dedicate this week to transforming your life, one little habit at a time.
What new daily habits will you start today?
A year from now you will wish you had started today. Karen Lamb
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