If you’re looking to make a big difference in your life today or in the future, here are a couple of little things you can do right now. These aren’t big scary things, just little things that will lead to great changes (remember these seemingly little things that actually changed the world’s history?)!
#1 Be in the moment.
You are now at this place at this time. Be in the moment and concentrate on what is going around you. Tomorrow will deal with its own problems and the past is already finished. No need to over-stress where it’s not really needed.
#2 Have something nice to say.
Although this might seem like a piece of cake, it is not easy for everyone to say a nice thing to others, particularly if they are used to being offensive or negative. Make a change now by saying at least one nice thing. You’ll be surprised at how good this can make you feel and can even turn into an actual habit!
#3 Contact an old friend.
Do you have an old friend that you haven’t talked to in a while? Or a family member you want to catch up with? Reach out to them to catch up or maybe even reminisce. These moments are probably what you need to feel good in the future.
#4 Do what you have been putting off.
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but always set it aside because you don’t really have the time (maybe watch a little less Netflix? :-) )? Start by doing it now. It will make a difference tomorrow. This will not only motivate you to finish a goal or task, but it will inspire you to keep on at it.
#5 Limit your use of social networking sites.
Now we hear the collective gasp. Although some people see no problem with scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., if you actually think about it, it can affect your day. Some people can spend hours on social networking sites finding out soon enough that they haven’t done a lot for the day. This will make you feel grumpy and guilty going forward.
#6 Create a to-do list.
The importance of a to-do list cannot be stressed enough. Not only does a written list help you follow what you need to do, but it also keeps your tasks organized and in perspective. Finding those check marks on your to-do list gives you the motivation to finish things in the future.
#7 Be nice.
Remember what was said before about saying something nice? Try doing the same, maybe to a stranger. This does not mean you go out of your way to say hi. Just make being nice a habit. The way you interact with other people says a lot about the way you feel about yourself.
#8 Sleep early.
Of course, it is easier said than done to sleep early. But if you sleep earlier, this can increase your energy and change your attitude. The more you are rested, you can think and do better.
#9 Listen to others.
Just try lending an ear to others. It is important for people to have someone to talk to, especially if they’re going through something. By listening to others, you can actually learn a lot about yourself and the people around you. In changing their life, you change yours as well, no matter how small it may seem.
#10 Go and exercise.
This is something else, especially for people who don’t like to work out. But exercise, even if it means just walking every day for 10 minutes. Just find an excuse to be active—walk up or down the stairs at work, dance, clean your house…When you are active, it makes you feel positive and less stressed.
#11 Rest when you are tired.
Simple advice, right? But people tend to not listen to this because they think relaxing and resting are signs of laziness! Remember, you do not have to be busy all the time. If you are tired, take a rest. No need to wait until you are burned out!
#12 Be grateful.
Find something to be grateful for everyday. This will give you a more positive viewpoint. It can even be small things, but mean a lot to you. This will make a big impact in your regular life.
#13 Know your value.
At the end of the day, sit and acknowledge your value to the world. By acknowledging your accomplishments, you also acknowledge where you are and how far you have come.
#14 Let go of the uncontrollable.
Do not stress yourself over things you can’t control. Focus instead on things you can control, like self improvement and words of encouragement towards others.
#15 Find the value in your work.
Know the value in your work. Remember, everything that you do is of value and brings you closer to your dreams. Learn how to stop to appreciate the work that you do, whether at the office, at school, at home, etc.