I believe it reasonable to say that everybody wants to enjoy (as well as live) their life to the full in whatever direction they are going in. If you feel that life for you is drab, tiring or even meaningless, then here are some exceptional things to do which will help you to focus towards a marvellous and fulfilling life.
1. Get Energised!
Have you seen people who exude enthusiasm and have a sparkle in their eyes? There is a look of contentment, decisiveness but also peace that you simply cannot ignore but just admire. These are individuals who follow their interests and loves, live a life of satisfaction, are highly motivated and most of all are happy! They have made an effort to discover their interests and they do something about it in order to make it an irreversible ingredient of their lives. To find these interests, you need to follow your heart and instincts and discover things that energise and influence you. Then make the best of it/them. Get energetic!
2. Do Everything with Love
Understand quickly that there is no point in doing things if there is no love behind them, or at least some love. Everything we do should have an element of love attached to it. We need to apply this to everything we do, from our work lives (how many of us actually love what we do?) to the somewhat mundane activities of life such as washing the car, shopping, taking a shower etc; If you start thinking about the personal benefits you receive by doing these so called ‘mundane’ activities, you can soon learn to appreciate and love doing them. The bottom line is, anything you do should have a love connection with the reason why you are doing it. Otherwise, do not do it!
3. Get in the best shape feasible
We could spend forever going from one diet plan to another, buying gym subscriptions, looking at nutritional values and reviewing articles on the healthy way to conduct our lives. We could also go out buying supplements, fasting for days, running hard - the list is endless. However, it is down to our approach to getting in the best shape possible and our mental fortitude. Without dedicating ourselves to getting fit we will find it difficult to becoming successful in other areas of our life or feel happy and completely satisfied as a whole. Healthy body = healthy mind. It does not take much effort, even if you feel you cannot or do not have the time. That is a lame excuse so take the decision to do it and set aside some time. Plan what you want to achieve, start small and also do something every day no matter how small. Everyone can give 15 minutes per day!
In good and hard times, when you have a lot to do and when you have absolutely nothing, when you enjoy life and when you are depressed, keep in mind to be there for others.
Life is absolutely nothing if we do not share, help and provide. There is a higher conscious of satisfaction knowing that you have helped someone. It could be a small thing, but small things matter! Try random acts of kindness - they are fantastic for the well-being to both givers and receivers. When was the last time you saw someone help an elderly person across a busy road, or offer to give someone a lift into town? Make it your goal to help someone, somewhere at least once a week.
5. Challenge your Habits
Many of us are ‘wired’ not to take too many risks – it is a human thing. However, there are a few out there who enjoy taking that extra step, or choose to do things differently which in itself has an element of risk associated. And why not? Taking risks can be exciting and also hugely fulfilling. So, go out there and challenge yourself whenever you have the opportunity. On a daily basis try something new, do something that frightens you (Baz Luhrmann encouraged us to do this in 1990!), amaze yourself and those that know you. This way you will broaden and expand the limits that you have currently set yourself (unconscious and conscious limits). You will become a fascinating individual, prepared or preparing for new journeys that challenge and excite. Remember our lives are not some special rehearsal; we need to live it now! Which leads nicely to the next point...
6. Living Now and Loving it
Living in the now, absolutely experiencing it and being grateful about it, is a powerful feeling to have. It can help you to focus on exactly what you have right now, a perspective that can alter your world. How many times during your day do you look back at events that have happened, over which you have no control anymore? We may feel happy about something in the past or even sad – but guess what, we have absolutely no influence anymore on that event. What we can influence however, is our now. Look at every minute as a wonderful opportunity to maybe complete that piece of work that you wanted to finish, relish the people around you or stare in awe at the planet that exists. View the stars, the moon, the sun, clouds, sky, forests, lakes with wonder – it is a wonderful way to excite your brain – try it out!
7. Enjoy Quiet
A pilot knows that if they fly into the centre of a hurricane there is stillness and calm – yet all around them, the wind howls and the storm rages. We live in busy and, often noisy environments – hopefully not with too many hurricanes! However, establishing contact with yourself during quiet times is going into the ‘centre’ and one of the few opportunities that you have the chance to say ‘hello’ to the inner you. It is a beautiful connection to make and really not difficult to do. You can find a room at home and shut the door. You can walk into the fields or woods and sit down in a secluded spot. You will find the place and then you just need to do – nothing! Quieten your ‘inner talk’ by staring at the sky, a flower, the flame of a candle, all guaranteed to allow escapism and quietness. Even sub -consciously this is connecting to you, your soul purpose and wonderfully cleansing to do. Try it, it is worth it just for 10 minutes of your daily life.
Think about these 7 items and determine whether you are ready and willing to create these adjustments to start living an amazing life. You know that it's up to you. Will it work? Again, its up to you, but for sure if you do not try, then you will never know…
1. Have modest intelligence
In summarizing the personal characteristics of creative leaders, much of the research into creativity would say that they must be intelligent. The paradox is that they generally are not TOO intelligent. Excessive intelligence cripples creativity by imposing an examination of self and ideas that is too strict, too ‘logical’, a little like Dr Spock in ‘Star Trek’! For now, research says yes, you need some intelligence to be creative, but after a certain threshold, creativity and intelligence are no longer related. And we are not talking about geniuses. Geniuses are unique because they use both their intelligent minds and creative thinking to unlock the secret of the problems that they encounter. Geniuses like Einstein, da Vinci, Edison and Aristotle shared a set of strategies that very few people use. They had a common pattern of thinking.
2. Are well informed
A profound knowledge of a problem area is needed in order to understand the limits of current dogma and to identify those areas where creative thought will be most fruitful. However, too much knowledge impedes the creative process, producing that thinking-process disease known as “hardening of the categories.” This becomes a special problem when the knowledge is focused in a small specialty area because the breadth of alternative information that could be used in creative synthesis is missing.
3. Are original thinkers
It is true to say that new (original) ideas often stem from other ideas, new solutions from previous ones, the new ones slightly improved over the old ones. To that end the creative leader has the ability to create and embellish that which has gone before. Maybe, that whilst thinking about an incremental improvement he/she stumbles across an idea that is truly original, ground breaking and fresh. Making something a little better here, a little better there gradually makes something a lot better - even entirely different from the original. Creative leaders have bags of that spark.
4. Ask the right questions
Creative leaders generally have trained themselves to ‘let go’ and allow their minds to
roam freely and unhindered by protocols, organizational dogma, rules and norms.
Creative leaders have that ability to ask the right questions. Try running a session using
these phrases: ‘what about’, ‘what if’ , ‘imagine if we could…’ and so on. By asking
others to really think outside the normal, you are inviting them to connect with their curious and creative mind, just like when they were children. Rule out self-criticism of ideas and insights and suspend judgment for a certain period of time, be willing to explore everything; to be open, naive, innocent before rejecting anything.
5. Are prepared to be creative
Being creative can be a lot of fun – and it should be! When you are having fun, ideas flow, laughter and absurd ideas pour out and embryonic ideas are born. Creative leaders will also ensure that any imposters of fun are kept away from the creativity process. When I say imposters I am referring to two particular de-railers. 1. Time - using time as an excuse to cut short or abandon creative thinking sessions. 2. People themselves. Negative and obstructive people do not need to join your creative circle. They suck the life and energy away from the fun aspects of creativity. We all like to be challenged and questioned, that's ok, but repetitive and unhelpful remarks kill creativity. Use scratch and doodle pads, paint canvasses, children’s building blocks and play dough – anything that gets everyone engaged. On, and remember to use sound as well!
6. Use words to generate ideas
This is an unusual idea but one that can help kick off a creativity session. Open a thesaurus or dictionary at any random page, close your eyes and point to the page with your finger. Whichever word you end up pointing at becomes a word to discuss with the team (or just yourself). You can really let your imagination go with any word that comes your way. Better still collect five or more words to form phrases which you can build on. Exposure to the stimulus of random words will immediately trigger associations to experiences buried in your subconscious mind.
There will be times that you feel that you are getting nowhere, walking up a dead end street or banging your head against a brick wall. This is very normal in the journey to being creative. The main thing here is to keep going and not to give up looking for solutions and new ideas. Creative leaders do not give up easily. Thomas Edison and the light bulb is such an example of keeping going even when you repetitively fail to find a solution. If you keep going the likelihood is that you will find a solution eventually.
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