10 Simple Ways to Improve your Quality of Life
“This is how I am” – How many times have you heard that before? While, it is true that you are who we are and staying true to your unique personality is cool, but does that mean you can’t try to change for the better? Do you have to accept your flaws, because “this is me”.
Life is about growth, it is about development, it is about evolution, it is about becoming the best version of yourself. It is not only good sense, but a requirement to constantly try and improve your life.
Imagine a world where nothing ever changed, the birds never learned to fly, the caterpillar never blossomed into a beautiful butterfly, children never learned to walk, women never left their comfortable homes, men still lived like nomads.. close your eyes and think of it for a minute. Doesn’t look like a lot of fun, does it? Change is imperative, personal growth is beautiful and we must always strive to be better than we are today. Only then can you improve your quality of life.
Here’s How to Improve your Life – Based on Advice…
- Given to me by someone
- Given by me to someone
- Given by me to myself
- Given by someone to someone else
1. Under promise and over deliver
Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, we say everything that comes to our mind and make promises that we are not able to follow through even though we intend to keep these promises. We end up losing the trust of the people we make these promises to. So, it is better to speak less and deliver more, and make sure that next time you make a promise, people believe it.
You will see how you can improve your life simply by following this simple rule.
2. It’s not what you say, but how you say it
Words mean something, and once you say something, you can’t take it back. A little tact can go a long way. It is good to be honest but sometimes people take it too far. If your “truth” hurts feelings, is it really worth it? Isn’t it better and classier to speak your mind but in a way that you don’t break hearts.
Changing the way you phrase your sentences makes the world of a difference. The tone and body language is even more important. It’s amazing how being a bit more tactful can improve your relationships and in doing so improve your life.
3. Treat yourself like you would treat a friend
Are you over critical of yourself? Do you put too many expectations on yourself? Are you too harsh with yourself? Every time you see yourself putting way too much pressure on yourself, stand in front of the mirror and pretend that you’re talking to a friend. What would you say to a friend in a similar situation?
Skeptical about this? Try it! Talk to yourself like you would talk to your best friend and feel how your quality of life improves.
4. Stop trying to please everybody
It feels great to be adored by everyone, and it is nice- to do things for people as well. But there needs to be a balance between genuinely being there for people out of affection, and being a people pleaser to the point where you become a doormat.
If you do not get over your habit of wanting to please everyone, you’ll never learn or achieve anything of value. People will respect you more if you stand your ground and know your value, it’s also good for your peace of mind (Click here)
5. Learn to say “no”
Is “sorry” really the hardest word? Some may argue. “No” is definitely a close second. It is hard sometimes; you want to be there for people. You want to make your loved ones happy. You wish to give them the world. However, it is important to make sure you don’t compromise your self-worth, beliefs and mental peace in order to appease others. Stand your ground and how you can improve your life.
It is okay to say no, and if you lose people for standing up for yourselves, do you really want them in your life? The answer is easy, NO.
6. If it’s fragile, let it break
This one’s one of my favorite ways to improve your quality of life! You cannot keep walking on egg shells, if keeping a person in your life means that you have to be cautious around them, make sure you don’t anger them, watch every word that comes out of your mouth like a hawk because you are always afraid they will leave you if you say or do anything that upsets them; it is a toxic relationship, it is a fear-based relationship. Living in constant fear at the most is deadly and at the least is unhealthy. If a relationship can break so easily, let it break.
7. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, aka, get out of your comfort zone
This is a great way to improve your life. I, like many others fall in my comfort zone pretty easily. It’s called the comfort zone for a reason – it’s comfortable, it’s familiar, it’s non-threatening. However, it is outside our comfort zones that we can truly discover ourselves.
It is when we put ourselves out there, that our true potential reveals itself. Getting out of my comfort zone has also made me a happier person, so I can vouch that this will truly help improve your quality of life.
8. Hardwork beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard
Ever wonder how a few mega talented singers, actors slowly fade away and you find those who might not have the best voice or the best acting skills slowly becoming much more popular and successful? Luck is definitely important, and so is hard work.
Your classmates that were considered “average” by the teachers and other students might end up becoming more successful than those that were naturally smarter and got better grades in school. This is because of sheer hard work, perseverance and practice.
9. Always have a PLAN B
This again is one of the many simple things that improve your life. We all have dreams and it’s fabulous to go after those dreams. But if you think you’ve tried everything you could and that dream is still not coming true, allow yourself to dream another dream. Destiny is not a myth and you can’t fight it. If one door doesn’t open no matter how hard you kick it, it’s not your door.
But there might be another door just around the corner, that will open for you. And you know what? You might like the interiors of door number 2 a lot better. My students benefitted from this advice, and so will you.
10. Accept yourself, but never completely
Nothing destroys potential more than complacency. In other words, accept yourself but never completely. If you accept yourself fully, you stop trying to change, to improve, to learn more. You start to think you already know everything there is to know. You think you’ve accomplished everything there is to accomplish. This destroy growth.
There is always stuff to learn, always things we can do better and several things that improve your quality of life. Growth never stops, growth within us – our habits, our personalities, our knowledge, our focus, our drive, our dreams. There’s always scope for improvement.
That’s it, these are just a few words of wisdom that will help improve your life. Self awareness and self improvement go hand in hand, you are not who you were five years ago and you won’t be who you are five years from today. That doesn’t mean you are a chameleon constantly changing colors, it simply means you are a human being – always evolving.
What has been your favorite advice given to you by someone? How has it impacted your life? How have you improved your life? Feel free to share in the comment section.