1. Tell someone that you are committed to changing.
Us humans like to be held accountable. It’s in our nature to be encouraged by others and to be led. That’s why when you’re looking to get on the right path, it’s important to share this objective with others that support you. You see, when you express your goals with those you care for, the desire to achieve becomes greater, because a part of us doesn’t want to disappoint them.
2. Focus on building your confidence.
Without action, nothing will happen. But without confidence, you won’t likely even make it to action. Often when we feel we are out of control in life, odds are you have lost your confidence. You have lost some of that spunk that makes you unique from others. You lost the ability to look at yourself in a positive light. However, start now and commit to changing this mindset. To make a positive curve in life, you must believe you are capable of change and that starts with confidence. It starts with the thoughts you feed into your body each day.
Stop focusing on what you feel is not yet there, but what you are becoming.
3. Start making breakfast.
People always say it’s the little things that matter, and I believe making time for making breakfast is a big, little thing. It sounds simple and that’s because it is. The point is, you’re giving yourself back a little bit of discipline each morning. It typically requires you to lug out of bed 10-15 minutes earlier than normal and requires some bit of effort almost instantly. Plus, the health gurus are right, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and will fuel the rest of your decisions. It’s not all it takes, but I guarantee taking care of yourself first thing in the morning, will encourage larger steps towards a positive path.
4. Save your money.
Now I am not saying this because it seems like the obvious life advice, but it truly can be fun and will cause you to put some perspective and guidelines in your life. For example, commit to buying groceries for the week and save take out for the weekends. There’s this terrifying statistic that people who bring lunch every day to work save about $2,000 a year. $2,000 a year—just on food. Another idea is to look up gas prices ahead of time, and drive to a spot where it’s cheaper. You’ll get to explore the town and get out of your comfort zone all while not breaking the bank. This step isn’t just about the saving money, (which is important), but more about thinking diligently about your decisions, your future, and stepping out of your norm all while bettering yourself.
5. Practice gratitude.
You do not have to be in your ideal successful state to be grateful. Because there is always something to be grateful for and the more we mindfully practice what we are thankful for, the more it becomes a habit. The more we see things as opportunities and less as closed doors. Not only does it impact the way you feel on the inside, but it creates a chain reaction. People feed off of that kind of gracious energy. It doesn’t have to be complex, think of the bed that sleeps you, or the weather on a Saturday morning. Start here and practice it every day.
6. Forgive yourself.
No, not everything is perfect. No, not everything is right on track to where you want to be. But you have to remember one thing; you are reading this article and making the smallest bit of effort to make a change for a reason. You are already interested in making small changes to get on the right path.
That’s all it takes to begin; a series of small steps to make one long journey.
But to focus on the future, you must find peace with the past. You must not obsess over what has unfolded in your previous moments, but more so on the road that you have ahead. Because the world is yours to shape and mold. Opportunities are waiting for you at any moment and with so much access to the Internet, support, and resources than any other generation, you are more than capable than jumping back on the right path.