1. Think daily. Meditate. Call it what you will
but spend time each day alone with your thoughts. This surely isn't
the first time you've heard that advice, there's a reason for that!
There's also a reason that this is the first step in the list. Doing
the other things in the remaining nine suggestions without taking
some time to reflect almost negates any benefit gained elsewhere.
2. Get in the zone. Not only will these be your most productive
moments in life (the 20% of the time where you accomplish 80% of the
results) but it will be a boost to your confidence that will alter
the decisions you make elsewhere in life.
3. Make it a point to do something bold every day. Step out of your
comfort zone, leave the routine even if for only a second. This
might mean talking to someone that you generally wouldn't talk to or
starting a project that you feel intimidated by. There is no need to
plan it in advance–though that might help at times, usually though
you'll find a point during the day when ‘two paths diverge in the
woods' and you have the change to take the one less travelled by.
4. Learn something new. Pick a topic, preferably something you know
nothing about and learn something about it. A good source of
inspiration for this can be the newspaper or Wikipedia. It helps to
retain it if you have time to make a note of what you learned or
explain it to someone else, but even if you don't get the chance to
do that, your brain will thank you for the new patterns you
introduce as you learn something new every day.
5. Debate something. If you think you know about something, nothing
will prove it like arguing it with someone who's smarter or more
informed than you. Find a friend you can debate with who has ideas
that are different from your and who won't be offended by debating
them–this is easier said than done, but it can provide you with some
of the best mental stimulation possible.
6. Spend time with a child. If you have one, consider yourself
lucky, if you don't, I bet you have friends who would be happy to
let you borrow theirs for a few minutes (or hours). It doesn't
matter what age they are, children see the world entirely different.
Look at it from their eyes. Be their hero. Appreciate what they
appreciate. Enjoy the simple things again. You'll love it and
they'll love you for it.
7. Go outside. If you don't naturally spend time outside, make it a
point to do it more. There's something about the expanse of the sky
that will bring out your inner philosopher.
8. Recognize what makes you happy. Reflect on the parts of your day
that bring you real satisfaction. Everyone is working towards
something, but what makes you happy now? Rate your overall
satisfaction with your quality of life for each day on a scale of 1
to 10, focus on the things that happened that pushed the number
higher rather than what made it lower. Try to incorporate more of
what made you happy yesterday into today.
9. Stop broken thoughts. Broken thoughts are those subtle patterns
that aren't quite big enough to fall into the bad habits category.
This means that despite their harmful effect they often escape under
the radar. Broken thoughts often take the form of justifications.
Examples? I'm just going to leave my dish here by the sink, I'll
wash it later (when you know your spouse will end up washing it).
I'm bookmarking this article to read later (how often do you ever go
back and read old bookmarked articles?). I'll hang my shirt up later
(when you know it will be there for a week before you touch it).
10. Don't stress about it.
And NLP is there to give you all this through sessions and trainings
with full awareness of what is important in your life and what is