The Simplest Tips to Begin Changing Your Life Today

Are you still over there thinking you’re destined to live the life you’re living now?

If so, think again! It’s time to change your mindset.

Life is constantly changing, evolving, and moving forward (even though sometimes the events of the world cause us to think otherwise). So why does yours have to be an exception?

Mindset. that’s the key.

Growing up on a small island in the forgotten south, where the Caribbean sea greets the Atlantic Ocean, I often had the temptation to feel as though my life too, will be easily forgotten.

But I am more determined than ever to rid myself of that level of thinking. And I’m going to do it through the magic of mindset. You can too.

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Make connections

One of the greatest resources for navigating life through any course is the knowledge of people who have either done it before or are one step ahead of you, charting their course.

There is a reason why modern entrepreneurs and those of the past gathered together in what Napoleon Hill coined, Mastermind Groups.

“No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind”, also known as, the Mastermind.”

-Napoleon Hill

Whether you’re seeking to build an empire or simply live a little happier- more comfortably, connecting with the right people will help to open your mind to different perspectives and areas of opportunity you may not otherwise think of without a second mind.

There is a myriad of social networks and groups these days where you’re sure to find like-minded, enthusiastic humans willing to trade inspiration, such as Facebook groups and Instagram and Twitter pages.

Do one thing a day towards it -every day

“Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily.”

— Epictetus

Well, how else do you plan to change your life?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been hit with sporadic bursts of inspiration for different projects that you swear you’re going to work on (this time) non-stop. And it’s going to get you the life you want. This happened over many years. It may be because of age and increasing wisdom, but I started noticing the power of small, consistent habits.

It started with a small workout on weekdays. I didn’t set myself the grand goal of sculpting a body like Simone Biles. Rather, my aim was to improve my strength and physique a little more each time.

It then moved to studying. I’ve been “hacking” my part-time study sessions by doing at least half-hour of studying in the mornings. Just half-hour. And I always end knowing more than I did before I started.

Currently, to the list of micro habits, I’ve added writing every day. I now aim to write something towards completing my blog posts every day.

And that’s it. That’s all I’ve chosen to focus on. Improving bit by bit every day.

Instead of diving right into an unsustainable project that may seem like your gateway to success, try focusing on building a habit of working on something that either:

  1. Truly interests you
  2. Forces you to be a better individual
  3. Improves your health (you’ll need the strength to enjoy that new life!)

Work on these and you’ll already be on the right path when that first big opportunity comes along.

Do it for you

Don’t ever discount your passion. Especially on account of others.

If you’re fighting for a dream that’s someone else’s, there is less chance of unleashing the hardihood that’s going to get you through the challenges you will inevitably face.

When we’re pursuing a way of life that is of our own accord, we tend to make more sacrifices for that passion.

We see it (or a lack of it) in the workplace on a daily basis.

Employee with a toe ache: “Boss I’m sick, and I can’t make it in today.”

Same employee with a toe ache and an invitation to a weekend exploration getaway: “sign me up! I’ll hobble if I have to.”

Passion, motivation, interest. That’s the difference.

Get out of your own way

Vet yourself. Vet your habits, your self-talk, your motives. Make damn well sure you aren’t getting in the way of your own journey towards changing your life.

To do this, you should ask yourself the following questions:

Are my habits preventing me from changing my life?

Maybe you still spend hours on end hanging out with the kind of people who lack ambition and see themselves as doomed to the life they lead currently. Or it may be the excessive time you spend frivolously scrolling social media.

Do I encourage myself the way I would a friend?

Give yourself those pep talks in the mirror. Write letters of encouragement to yourself and pop them out when you need a pick-me-up. Under no circumstances should you vituperate yourself.

What’s my main motive for wanting a change?

This will be highly individualised. Whatever you choose, make sure it has meaning to you. Find the purpose behind it.

Being Content With Where You are Currently

A part of the process of changing your life now has to do with your current mindset. Your state of mind as it relates to where you are at present.

This one took some time for me to learn. In fact, it’s something I find myself consciously fighting against occasionally.

There is a tendency to blame your own lack of progress up to this point on the people around you. Your parents. Your boss. The government.

But what really is the use of putting your energy there? The universe isn’t going to magically change the world for you. It isn’t going to say, “oh dear, you’re right. You’ve had it hard, here’s a new life.”

Dream on.

You have to put the focus where you want to be. You have to want it. You have to work for it. You have to seize every opportunity you get.

You have to stop blaming the world.

Visit my blog for more on the mindset of a millennial living on a small Caribbean island



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Susanna J

Susanna J

A Caribbean small-island millennial writing about life and improving it.