Life Secrets – June

Get good at something. Call it a hobby or a passion, whatever it is, just get good at it. Your occupation does not count!

Learn to be unaffected by the words of others. If someone went up to you and called you a fire hydrant, would you be upset? No because you are obviously not a fire hydrant, you are a human being. The same concept applies to when someone calls you something that you know you are not.

Develop the ability to forgive. Forgiveness is something at which most people fail. Grudges only bring more misery to those who hold them and prevent good relations with the target. People make mistakes all of the time so why not have mercy when others do?

Be the person that makes others feel special. Be known for your kindness and sympathy.

Visualize daily. It has been said, and proven, time and time again that what you focus on is what you get. If you complain all of the time, you will run into more of the things you complain about. The same goes for good things like health, wealth and happiness.

Meditate everyday for at least 20 minutes. In this modern world where everyone is so connected to everything else via cell phones, TV and internet, most people rarely enjoy the beauty of silence. The ability to quiet your mind and relax your body is an art and skill that everyone should develop.

Learn to control your mind. What kind of skilled human are you if you cannot even control your own thoughts? While the human mind is described as being a stream of consciousness, that does not mean you can’t decide where your stream flows.

Learn to control your emotions. The only person that can make you unhappy is you! You are the one that decides to be affected by the words and actions of others. Realize this so that the next time you experience a negative emotion, you can find the strength within yourself to overcome it.

Take a class in speed reading. Books are full of information that can enhance your knowledge base, vocabulary and yourself as a person. Speed-reading is an easy way to get at this info faster so that you can have more time for other endeavors.

Learn to use your eyes to their full potential. Make constant eye contact when in conversation. Looking away (especially down) is a sign of inferiority and uncertainty.

Master the piercing stare. You know when someone looks at you and it feels like they can see into your soul? Work on sharpening your gaze in the mirror. You’ll know you have it when it’s intimidating to continue looking at yourself.

Master the one-eyebrow raise. This one isn’t necessary by any means, but hey, why not? Pick a brow to learn with and go look in a mirror. Raise both of your eyebrows but use your hand to hold down the brow that you want to stay down.

Be mysterious. Don’t let off everything about you and definitely leave out some major details. There is something both alluring and mesmerizing about someone who no one knows fully about.

Relax! Yes, work is very important and productive but you need to take some time to chill out everyday or you are going to burn out faster than a candle with no oxygen.

Work out those abs. Above any other muscle group in the entire body, the abs are the most important. They constitute your core, the center point of your body.

Keep your brain sharp. The majority of people are stuck in ruts. They go to the same job everyday, hang out with the same friends and eat at the same places. While that may feel safe, it’s not the most stimulating lifestyle for your brain. Switch it up!

Choose your friends wisely. You are affected far more than you think by the people you spend your time with. Do your friends share your values? Do they encourage you when you speak of your goals and dreams or do they scoff? Make sure the people around you are conducive to the lifestyle you want to lead.

Do what you love. We only live life once, so why wouldn’t you want to spend it pursuing your bliss? To do anything else would be a tragic waste of the freedom you are allowed if you are reading this right now.

Don’t burn bridges. By that I mean maintain your relationships with people even if you think you are never going to see them again. You never know when you might need the help of someone you
knew in the past.

Keep a journal or diary. It sounds like a very monotonous habit at first, but when you get into it, that little book will become a great way to organize your thoughts and track your growth over the years

Learn to use and trust your subconscious and intuition. When you spend time in silence everyday, listen not for words but for a feeling that tells you to do something. Do not mistake your own reasoning and thoughts for those of your subconscious. If you can track where the thought came from, (this thought led to that thought which led to this thought, etc.) then it was not from your subconscious.

Come up with a life mantra. You know, like “carpe diem” or “live life to the fullest,” but not as cliché. Make it something that really resonates with you so that you will actually stick to it.

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