Improving For Life

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It Never Stops Ending

As a human being, there is never a limit to how much you can improve. Even when you think that your physical and mental health are top notch, there is more that you can still do. Sometimes when we have everything going for us, we start to become complacent, allowing room for error to creep into our lives. Life is a journey and it never stops short of improvement.

Even spiritually, you can always improve and better yourself. There really is nothing that you can argue against the process of improvement. This is because improvement is very subjective; what may be considered “awesome” for one individual is considered “subpar” for another. The process of improvement is different for everyone, but it should be universally accepted that there is always room for improvement no matter how great everything may be.

If you lack the motivation to improve, then that’s a big problem on your hands. You may not see it now, but over time you will realize how your lack of motivation in the past contributed to your current problems. One of the greatest concepts to live by is something called delayed gratification. This is based on the idea of working hard today while living for tomorrow; delaying gratification in the present moment so that you can enjoy prosperity in the future.

Not many people have the will or stamina to apply delayed gratification in their lives. This requires sustained discipline to live by this concept day in and day out, especially when encountering many setbacks and failures. Many people fall short of reaching their full potential because of the lack of sustained discipline; they allow life’s adversities to prevent them from progressing in the right direction.

But if motivation has never been an issue for you, then remember to never stop improving. There is always something that you can find in your life that needs to be worked on; you just have to be honest with yourself and find the energy and time to dedicate to the task at hand. This is especially important when it comes to your physical and mental health; no one is going to help you be healthy without you first helping yourself.

Most people think of physical health but forget the importance of improving their mental health. As the body gets rusty year after year, you think the brain remains invincible? You have to make adjustments to your thoughts, perception and perhaps even interests in order to keep your mind in alignment with your present reality. One big traumatic experience may be the trigger to your slip and fall, turning you into a raging alcoholic and sacrificing your mental health in the process.

Always aim for improvement even when you think that you have accomplished everything; it never stops ending.

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Aiming To Be Better Than Yesterday

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Everyday Is A New Opportunity

Are you waking up everyday with hunger in your heart and mind, desiring to be better than yesterday and seeking more out of life? Are you tired of mediocracy and aiming to better yourself and no longer be a slave of money, allowing it to work for you while you kick back and relax? If you answered yes to both, then you are already on the right track, but the next logical question is, are you actually putting in the work to better yourself?

This article will not focus on the hard work necessary to achieve more success and financial freedom in your life. I’m assuming that all my readers already know that dreaming without hard work will not get you far in life. I want to focus more on the mentality required to achieve success because many work hard and fall subpar to what they deserve. The more important factor are the thoughts that you hold on a daily basis.

You have to understand that 95% of life has to do with your perception of reality or the way that you interpret yourself, others around you and the environment. Many are pessimistic and complain on a daily basis, not realizing that this is bringing much negative energy into their lives. The dangerous part about the mind is that if you are not aware of your thoughts and are living in oblivion, you’ll never realize why you are not getting the results that you want.

You cannot continue to keep living blindly, not paying attention to your thoughts; they control everything about you. Think of your mind as a computer: whatever you place in it is what you get back out of it, known as the “user experience.” If your thoughts are not improving everyday, your experience will become dull. This is why many turn to alcohol and drugs to spice up their perception of reality.

Many are going to argue back, “I don’t want to focus on my thoughts everyday. I prefer to live the simple life and for me that is living day by day.” The problem with this mentality is that not much will be accomplished, even if they do desire more out of life. The difference between those who prevail and those who remain at a certain level of mediocracy is motivation and intent: they do what it takes to get ahead but in an ethical and honest way.

The truth is that you’ll encounter many days when you’ll feel like giving up, but those are the days when you have to push extra hard to maintain your positive state of mind. Think of adversity as life’s way of strengthening you; you have to experience pain before you experience more joy. Think of the stock market: it has to go down before it goes back up again. This is the cyclical nature of life; not everything can keep going up forever. So don’t become discouraged when you don’t see the results that you want; you have to keep chipping away and believe that whatever you want will one day manifest.

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Happy New Year

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New Opportunity To Redefine Yourself

Every new year is an opportunity to start fresh and redefine yourself as you’ve always wanted; out with the old and in with the new. The end of an old year may bring upon many memories, some good and some bad. The bad memories are the ones that sting the most, but you have to find a way to leave them behind. It’s time for a happy new year.

Many people have a new year’s resolution, only to quickly give up on it within a few days into the new year. Rather than coming up with a resolution, focus on living every single day in a happy state of mind. Don’t be so hard on yourself; try to enjoy every moment of life, no matter how painful it may be.

If you are depressed around the new year, remind yourself that so are millions of other people around the world; you are not alone! But just because you’re battling a mental illness does not mean that you cannot be hopeful for a better year. It always comes down to your mindset: plant the seeds of happiness and water them every day until they come to fruition.

It’s definitely true that we are living during a time of hatred, as evidenced by the recent Texas church shooting and the anti-semitic attacks in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Monsey, New York. But this should not be an excuse for you to not live a happy and prosperous life.

Don’t view the new year as “just another year rolling in.” This is a pessimistic way of viewing life, and if you continue to view it in this way, your state of mind will continue to take a negative hit. We have control over our minds, so let’s utilize this control to our advantage. Let’s utilize it to not only make ourselves happy, but everyone else around us as well!

The new year is a new opportunity to redefine yourself. Don’t start it off on the wrong foot by swimming in negativity. Rather, stand up tall and remind yourself that you can always improve your current state of affairs, if you just change they way that you think about yourself, and the way in which you view your surroundings.

It can be done if you put your mind and heart into it. Happy new year!

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Believing With All Your Might

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Redefining Your Thoughts

The exciting thing about your thought processes is that you have the ability to change them at anytime. If a certain way of thinking has not helped you in the past, experimenting with a new perspective and outlook on things can help change your life for the better. But it takes practice and consistent application.

It first starts with redefining your thoughts: “Is this the way I like to think?”, “Am I happy viewing the world in this way?”, “Do I identify with my thoughts?”, “Is this even me or am I programmed by society?” Redefining your thoughts takes much practice and many runs to reach a mindset that will serve you best and bring you happiness and success.

The worst thing that you can do is to remain complacent and uphold the same thought patterns that have brought you mediocracy at best. There is no way to open up new doors and cruise new avenues with an outdated mindset; you’ll be getting more and more flat tires from the same potholes which have never been fixed.

And there is no finish line for redefining your thoughts. You constantly have to update your mindset, just as how society is constantly updating and evolving. If you do not find a way to stay ahead of society or at least follow its course, you will fall behind. And falling behind is when mental illness creeps in.

After you have discovered your newfound will to redefine your thoughts, you have to start implementing the power of belief! New thoughts without belief is like a new car without keys; you’ll just be observing from the showroom. But to transition from the showroom onto new avenues, you’ll need to start believing your new thoughts.

Many people have difficulty believing something which they have not yet achieved because they expect instant results. Impossible. Except out of luck and blessings, positive new results take time to achieve and to be delivered into your life. This is not an overnight gig.

Believing takes practice! Simple saying “I believe” is not enough. You need to invest all of your emotions, thoughts, will and might into believing something new that you would like to accomplish. And this needs to be applied every day, through the good and the hard times. But with consistent application of belief and redefining your thoughts as needed, you will soon experience the positive new results which you have been searching for!

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