The world is full of self-help books and advice on how to be a better/happier/more successful person. Most of it is useless, and all of it costs money. In the interest of creating more happy humans on this planet we’ve compiled a self-help list of our own. As a fair warning this post contains a heavy dose of truth. Those that are allergic to truth should probably stop now. Read. Enjoy. Implement.
1.) You suck at prioritizing the things that matter.
Here’s a brutal truth: there are only 24 hours in a day. That’s it. You only have 24 hours to eat, sleep, work, Facebook, Netflix, exercise, complain, etc. So if you only have a certain amount of time to get things done, why do you wait until the last minute every time? A deadline is an immovable object, it won’t be going anywhere. So why are you acting like you have all the time in the world to get something done?
2.) Because you suck at prioritizing, you get frustrated and complain that you didn’t have enough time.
Bullshit. Seriously stop it. You had plenty of time, but chose to spend it dicking around like a kindergartener during snack time. Now you’re stressed and annoyed, and you still have to finish you work. Maybe you learned something here?
3.) You are what you eat, and you eat like crap.
The old adage that you are what you eat is still around today because it’s true. If you eat terribly, then guess how you’re going to feel. Instead of going for that third helping of grocery store brand mac and cheese, maybe you could try something healthier with smaller portions? You’ll feel better and be more focused. Fun fact: Salads can actually be pretty delicious.
4.) Exercise. Just do it.
You may think those modern day cavemen are crazy, but they have a point. We human beings evolved running and hunting on the savannas of Africa. We need to exercise in order for our bodies to function properly. It doesn’t have to be chasing (or getting chased by) tigers, a moderate jog should do the trick.
5.) You don’t need another drink.
There’s nothing wrong with drinking in moderation. It’s super social and a great way to unwind. However it stops being that the moment you start drinking yourself stupid. If the price is a day of two of feeling like complete garbage, then no thanks. Go home, sober up, and get a jump on the next day.
6.) Sleep late and forever be tired.
Yep. I know what I just said sounds like heresy, but it’s true. When you sleep late on the weekends, it throws off your whole internal clock. That just makes you feel extra horrible when you’ve got to shift back into your regular routine on Monday. Might this be the cause of your chronic tiredness?
7.) Don’t go to sleep drunk.
Or under the influence of any drug for that matter. Doing that is a guaranteed way to screw up your REM cycle, which will leave you feeling horrible when you wake up.
8.) Your friends are losers.
Of course you don’t want to spend time with people who take away from your life. You also don’t want to be around people who add nothing to your life. We are the sum of the people we spend the most time with. If you’re hanging out with directionless slobs, guess what you become?
9.) Following up is next to godliness.
Networking can be a great thing. It’s important to know though, that if you’re not following up and making an effort to stay in touch with people, then your time spent networking is wasted. Follow up, follow up, follow up. You might think you’re being annoying, but busy people appreciate the fine art of the follow up.
10.) You hate your job.
Or maybe you only like it a little bit. Let me ask you though, is it what you want to do for the rest of your life? If you’re not happy then what the hell are you doing? You only have one life. Why are you wasting yours doing something you’re not passionate about?
11.) I want to follow my dream, but I’m waiting for the right time.
Excuse me, but what the hell are you talking about? There is never a “right” time for following your dreams. It will never feel “right.” You just have to do it. The more time you waste with excuses, the less time you have to live the life of your dreams. Just think about that.
12.) Healthy relationships? Who needs those?
Umm you do? Seriously. If all of your relationships crash and burn, then maybe the problem isn’t that “crazy” guy or girl. The problem is you. It could be time to do some self reflecting.
13.) Take 20 minutes to clear your head.
In order to make the best decisions, your brain needs breaks. Maybe it’s meditation or taking a walk. Just pick something where you can let your brain do nothing for a little while. You’ll be amazed how much better you feel afterwards.
14.) You’re good enough, let’s move on.
You’re good enough to achieve anything you want to achieve. Remember it, believe it. There are always going to be things we don’t like about ourselves. Pick the ones you can change and work on them. Accept the ones you can’t change, and move on. Don’t get caught up in the self sabotaging cycle of telling yourself that you’re not good enough. It doesn’t end well, because it doesn’t end.
15.) Stop telling yourself lies.
Stop it. If you keep lying to yourself about this thing or that, it’s going to be harder to ultimately face the truth. Your lies will only make you more bitter, and keep you from achieving your goals. Now that you’re pumped and ready to take on the world, make sure to share this post by clicking below.
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