Improve Your Life, Two Minutes at the Time, Part 2

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Let’s continue here with our last week’s blog about changing our lives for the better, two minutes at a time.

 

Change judgment for understanding

When you’re inclined to past judgment to others, first take two minutes and ask what aspects of yourself do I see in this other person?

When we’re upset about somebody else’s behavior or actions, is because it is reminding us of something we don’t like about ourselves.

If we can turn this inner critic into a coach, we can help create a better relationship with ourselves, with others, and live a more positive life.

 

Compliment others

Get into the habit of coming up with ways to tell others –and by others I mean people who are actually present there with you at the time- what you truly appreciate about them.

Take one minute to think about the reason, and another minute to tell the compliment.

You will make this person happy for sure; you’ll feel good about yourself, and most likely will receive some happy and affectionate feedback in return.

 

Hug more

It might seem like a small deed, but it’s known to reduce stress and make us feel very good; so spend –at the very least- two minutes a day hugging people!

Like compliments, hugs can be a simple way to build warmer and more positive relationships with people in your life.

 

Be interested instead of interesting

Whenever you engage in a conversation with someone, be interested in that person; ask questions about his or her life, interests, passions, and don’t just wait for your turn to talk back, really pay attention to the answers… Get to know and appreciate that person.

The interest you give will most likely be returned in what surely will build into not just a conversation, but a giving and fulfilling relationship.

 

Shuffle things up a little

Change things, mix them up… whatever you’ve been doing, try something different this time; for instance:

If you always go for the meat, next time try vegetarian.

If you tend to get into conflict often, next time try walking away.

Give away some of your favorite things.

Say yes to something spontaneously and stick to it to the end, see where it leads.

Take a different kind of decisions for today.

 

Get into the habit of mixing things up and have some fun. Grow your life in small or bigger ways, add unexpected experiences to it.

This practice will make it easier and simpler to step out of your usual comfort zone when you really need to, and also it will make you feel alive!

 

Talk again next week.
Until then, stay strong!

Improve Your Life, Two Minutes at a Time

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“The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.”
Madame Marie du Deffand

 

Making a positive change in life doesn’t have to be about big moves; world-wide impact, or changing the whole world.

The secret to real change and sustainable action is to discard this pretentious and overwhelming belief and go for smaller, constantly repeated smaller steps.

Through these smaller steps, you can start building habits that will get stronger as you build momentum. These steps have the potential to actually change your life in ways you can’t possibly imagine now.

 

By establishing a two-minute daily routine over the following steps, you will create a habit that would point you in the right direction.  You can choose one a day, or you can invest a little time on yourself and move through the whole list.

 

  1. Identify your most important task, and just start working on it for two minutes.

We all have one of those days when you just don’t feel like getting started with work, and we find ourselves dwelling lazily to the sofa.

It’s not the task itself, the hardest part is getting started. So, after you’ve started moving and working for those two minutes, it gets pretty much easier to just continue working on the task.

 

  1. Review and appreciate your day

Once your day is over, take two minutes to review and appreciate what you have done. See all that you have accomplished; the finished tasks, your performance, the shared moments with friends, family, coworkers, and also the time you took for yourself.

 

  1. Set a low bar for happiness

It doesn’t mean you have to lower your standards or stop going after the bigger stuff, not at all. What it means is that you are willing to appreciate things more, feel happier for the smaller things as well. This will fuel yourself with more energy and inspiration; your life will become lighter, and you will feel less inner resistance as you work towards your goals, big and small.

 

  1. Whenever you feel stressed, BREATH

Whenever stress catches up with you and you start to feel anxious, upset or scared, take two minutes, sit down, breathe through your nose deeply with your stomach, and focus on your breathing.

This will calm your mind, and ease your body so you can resume your work more focused and relaxed.

 

  1. Be here and now

Remove yourself out of the past; stop reliving old experiences of conflict. Stop anticipating a catastrophic future.

Focus your attention on where and when you really are, here and now.
Sit down for two minutes; see what is in front and all around you. Listen to the sounds, feel the wind and the sun on your clothes and skin; the smells in the air, the textures of what you have at hand…

Feel your present for those two minutes, and notice how this new, optimistic viewpoint starts to feel more natural to you.

 

 

I’ve saved the next five for our next blog, so you go ahead and start with these first five steps today; start gaining momentum and building towards a better state.

Start by feeling more alive today.

 

 

See you next week; until then, stay strong!