20 Awesome Things to Say to Radically Improve Your Life
Written by Jeff Haden via INC.
The biggest problem with deciding to do something is deciding to wait to do it. Why put off doing something you really want to do? Anything worth doing is worth doing now. Here are 20 things you need to say to yourself this week--not because you plan to do something but because you’ve already doneit. And each is a lot easier to accomplish than some grand, sweeping, hopefully-life-changing-but-in the-end-you-never-manage-to-accomplish pledge. So let’s get started! -
1. "Hi, mom!"
Your parents love you. They want the best for you. They are always there for you. But they won't be around forever. Call them.
2. "I finally got started!"
You have plans. You have goals. You have ideas. Who cares? You have nothing until you actually do something. Every day, we let hesitation and uncertainty stop us from acting on our ideas. Fear of the unknown and fear of failure often stop me and may be what stops you, too. Pick one plan, one goal, or one idea. And get started. Do something. Do anything. Just take one small step. The first step is by far the hardest. Every successive step will be a lot easier.
3. "It's totally my fault."
Everyone makes mistakes. That makes it easy to blame others for our problems. But we are almost always also to blame. We did (or did not) do something we could have done differently or better. Instead, take full responsibility, not in a masochistic, "woe is me" way, but in an empowering way. Focus on being smarter or better or faster or more creative the next time.
4. "That wasn't nearly as bad as I thought ..."
The most paralyzing fear is fear of the unknown. (At least it is for me.) Yet nothing ever turns out to be as hard or as scary as you thought it would be. Plus, it's incredibly exciting to overcome a fear. You'll get that "I can't believe I jumped out of an airplane!" rush, an amazing feeling you haven't experienced for too long. So go do something you were afraid to do. I promise it won’t be as bad as you thought.
5. "You're awesome!"
No one receives enough praise. No one. Pick someone who did something well and tell them. And feel free to go back in time. Saying, "I was just thinking about how you handled that project last year" can make just as positive an impact today as it would have then. Maybe a little more impact, because you still remember what happened a year later. Surprise praise is a gift that costs the giver nothing but is priceless to the recipient.
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