Here are five very simple mind hacks that you can use to live a more awesome life.
All of these things are simple to DO, but unfortunately they are also simple NOT to do and that is why most people don’t do them.
If, however, you make a conscious effort to do these 5 simple things more often through your week, you’ll notice that you life becomes more and more awesome.
Here are the 5 things…
#1 – Laugh and Smile Often
Go out of your way to laugh and smile.
Tell jokes, listen to jokes, make fun of yourself or the situations in your life if you have to, but just find something to smile and laugh about every day.
This sounds simple, and obvious, but most people don’t do this on a regular basis.
Or they only time they laugh or smile is like once a month when they watch a movie or something funny happens to them.
That’s a great start, but if you actually make an effort to laugh and smile every day, at least once, you’ll notice that your life starts to become more and more awesome because the more you smile and laugh at things, the more the Universe gives you things to smile and laugh about. 🙂
#2 – Stop Making Excuses
Another habit that most people are in is the habit of making excuses and feeling the need to explain yourself and your actions to everyone around you.
For example, this morning I was working with my personal trainer and the first question he asked me was “Did you do your workout on Monday?” and my answer was “No I didn’t.”
End of story.
There was a valid reason as to why I didn’t do a workout this Monday, as I had done about 7 hours of landscaping work in my front yard the previous day (which is normally my rest day) so I made the decision to not work out on Monday.
But my trainer wasn’t asking me what my excuse was. He was just asking IF I did the workout so that he knew which workout we were going to work on today.
When people ask you a question, answer it, but don’t feel the need to give excuses and explain yourself.
Most of our excuses and “reasons” are just stories we tell ourselves, and they’re neither true nor untrue… they’re just STORIES we’ve invented for ourselves.
However, if we get out of the habit of always making excuses and inventing stories, our life becomes more awesome.
You’re an adult. You’re not a kid anymore. No need to explain yourself to everyone.
You can make decisions. If you decide to do something or not to do something, you don’t need to explain yourself all the time.
Even if you just reduce your habit of making excuses by 10%, you’ll notice a powerful shift start to happen in your life and it will become more awesome.
#3 – Escape From Reality Once in a While in a Healthy Way
Being too “realistic” all the time numbs the mind.
Make a conscious effort to escape this reality we live here on earth, at least on a weekly basis.
This doesn’t mean going out and getting drunk, wasted or high.
That’s not what I mean.
What I’m referring to is escaping from reality by doing something that engages your imagination and allows you to transport your mind to another reality and another “story line”.
Some people do this by reading books.
Some people do this by watching movies.
Some people do this by playing board games or getting involved in tabletop gaming.
Some people do this by going to a show, or a play or things of that nature.
Find ways to just take a break from day-to-day reality and find something that can engage and expand your imagination.
#4 – Get Out in Nature
Nature has a way of grounding and detoxifying our energy.
Go out in nature at least a few times a week, and ideally on a daily basis.
If you’re lucky enough to live on a property with a yard, get outside and touch nature.
If not, find a nearby park.
Touch a tree, sit on the grass, smell a flower, put your feet in water, etc.
Even just sitting and staring at a tree swaying back and forth in the wind for 10 minutes can have a profound effect on your energy.
Try it out.
#5 – Do Something Different
Get it he habit of doing something different.
This doesn’t have to be huge, but just make the conscious decision to change something you’re doing in some way.
For example, today when I was doing my workout with my trainer, we finished off with a step up/step down exercise where I was stepping up on my Powerplate machine and then stepping down while holding some dumbbells.
Now, for whatever reason I noticed that when I was stepping up onto the machine I was stepping up with my right leg first, then my left leg second and then stepping down with my right leg first, and then with my left leg.
I thought about it for a second and realized that I probably unconsciously do that every time I go up the stairs.
So what I decided to do is to switch things up throughout my set of these exercises and I kept changing which leg I would step up with.
I started with my right leg, then switched to my left, then back to my right and so on.
Now this might not seem like a huge thing, but if you make a habit of doing at least one small thing daily in a different way, you’ll expand your awareness.
Have you ever driven in the back seat of your car when driving with your spouse? Meaning, if there’s just two of you in the car, have you ever driven in the back? Why not try it?
If you normally order certain types of food at a restaurant, why not try one new thing?
If you normally buy clothes at a certain store, why not try buying one piece of clothing in a new store?
These things don’t have to be HUGE. Just do SOMETHING different.
Try eating with your non-dominant hand.
Open the door with your non-dominant hand.
Try it out.
You might notice that life becomes a little bit less boring and a lot more awesome when you’re willing to try new things and do something different each day.