To thrive is a choice. It’s an attitude, and your ability to thrive in the world is deeply connected to the actions you take on a daily basis and the belief structures you embrace.
Training your mind, body, and spirit to grow and flourish doesn’t need to be complicated. Here are 10 simple practices to move from surviving to thriving.
- Practice gratitude on a daily basis. Until it becomes a habit, make it a point to think of three things each day that you are grateful for. Each day, think of something new–don’t repeat the same thing twice. Eventually this becomes a habit; you will begin to view life looking for the blessings instead of focusing on the negatives.
- Choose your thoughts carefully. Choose them from a hero or heroine’s point of view, not from a victim’s.
- When you catch yourself focusing on negativity, make a conscious effort to think of something positive–quickly. Pay attention to how many times you catch yourself thinking or focusing on things that detract, dis-empower, or do not enhance your way of life.
- Forgive yourself and othersfor past “mistakes.” These are all learning opportunities. Take the lessons from them and move on. Forgiveness does not mean to forget, but it is a gift to yourself that lifts that heavy anchor from your heart and allows you to move forward.
- Be yourself. Living authentically is the best way to live an amazing and powerful life.
- Always keep learning–about yourself and others.
- Recognize that everyone is probably doing the best they can in their given circumstances. If they knew better, they’d do better.
- Choose to spend your timewith people who lift you up(and who are positive about others, too) instead of putting you down.
- Make time for fun and relaxation. So many people take life way too seriously! Life is a balance–work and play. Make time for work as well–something that provides value for others. Having a purpose provides a sense of well-being in your life.
- Contribute. Give back to the world in a positive manner. You aren’t here to only take from the world, but to give back as well. Touch someone’s life every day in an extraordinary way, even if it’s only through a smile, a simple thank you, or a kind gesture. There are millions of ways to give back, including through the simple act of kindness.