ways to live differently
. The percentage of people who never see the outside world is staggering. If you want to understand how the world works, you need to get outside your bubble.
Get out of your comfort zone
. Do something every day that scares you. Better yet, put yourself in the position where you have no choice but to be scared. The higher your tolerance for fear and uncertainty, the more likely you are to be remarkable.
Get inspired daily
. Most people go through life without ever getting their heart pumping. Figure out what makes you tick what gets you going and drink from that well daily.
Make yourself wealthy not someone else
. Who owns the company you work for? If its not you, then you are working to make someone else wealthy. If youre going to work hard, why not work hard for yourself?
. Most people aim for what they think is attainable, but in reality, they are only giving in to limiting beliefs. Its just as easy to think big as it is to think small it only takes a small shift in your mindset. Besides, when you think small, you have to compete with everyone else who thinks that way. Think big, and youll be in a class of your own.
Refuse planned obsolescence
. Consumer electronics companies make it seem like they worked all fiscal year to come up with these brilliant innovations for the next product release. The truth is that its all a ploy to get you to wait in line for a few lousy gigabytes of memory. These companies purposely release new features very, very slowly.
Explore medical tourism
. Guess what? The best doctors in the world are not necessarily in your country. I had $3,000 worth of simple dental work done for $400 in Costa Rica. My dentist spoke perfect English, studied under American professors, and used the same materials as my dentist in New York. Better yet, he gave me a free initial consultation and was open to negotiating on price.
Stop commuting 9 to 5
. Sit in traffic? Be jammed into the subway? That sounds like the rat race to me. Find out when you are most productive and where. Go to that place at that time. Maybe it means youre in bed on your laptop until 10 a.m.
Dont rely on doctors
. Health professionals with PhDs are products of the machine a reactionary health care system designed to make a profit. Its not their fault they were taught in school how to fix you once youre already broken. True health means being proactive.
Dont rely on the government
. Want to take life into your own hands? Dont leave it up to a bureaucracy. If you expect the government to take care of you, its simply not going to happen. If you want to live differently, remember that nobody will look out for your well being like you will.
Stop eating food thats killing you
. Its pretty plain and simple We all know that the food we are eating will eventually kill us. Yet we all sneak french fries, sugars, excessive animal products, and anything with terrible chemicals in it. No, moderation wont kill us, but why do we succumb to what the rest of the masses do?
. Between society, your family, and your friends, everyone has their own agendas for what they want to see you do. We live in a world where we strive for others approval without truly asking ourselves what we want. Live the dream means your dream, not someone elses.
Untrain your mind
. Bigger isnt better when it comes to material things. As Notorious B.I.G. said, Mo money, mo problems. Bigger salary, bigger house, bigger car its more stuff occupying a BIG part of your life, and its probably financed by mo debt.
Stop paying for education
. All the information we need to educate ourselves is out there. Matt Damon said it best in Good Will Hunting In 50 years, youre gonna start doing some thinking on your own, and youre gonna come up with the fact
Only buy stuff you can afford
. Its a shocking thought, I know. Stop with the retail therapy at the expense of your credit card. Just because the rest of America lives beyond its means doesnt mean you have to.
Work out for 30 minutes max
. Most people go to the gym, mess around for 60 or 90 minutes, do something half heartedly on the elliptical trainer, and roam from machine to machine. Work out at full intensity, pour sweat, and feel the burn Youll see twice the results if you actually push yourself instead of just showing up.
Work for 90 minutes max
. Studies show that your brain can only focus for an hour and a half, so dont force it Work as hard and as fast as you can for 90 minutes, and then take a break. When you work aimlessly for hours on end, you never really accomplish anything.
. Sure, there is a tremendous value in showing up to the office and being with your team every day, but this doesnt mean you cant sit in the park for an hour and answer emails. Take your phone calls to a quiet place in the sun to get vitamin D and fresh air.
Stand dont sit
. Our bodies were simply not designed to be hunched over a computer all day. Make yourself mobile, and walk around when you have a phone call. Try out a standing desk, which many leaders, including Jack Dorsey, have transitioned to.
. Seriously, you dont need all that stuff. You dont use it, and it weighs you down. Sell items that you dont use on eBay. Getting rid of your excess baggage is an extremely freeing feeling.
Stop drinking bottled water
. Again, youre wasting money and destroying the environment. Get a water bottle with a filter, and take your first step towards living a sustainable lifestyle.
Use reusable coffee cups
. Think about all the Starbucks cups youve sent to the landfill. Starbucks will give you a discount for bringing in your own cup, so take advantage. Save the environment and save money. Its a no brainer.
Stop push notifications
. Why do you get alerts every time someone comments on Facebook, sends you spam, or likes your Instagram picture? If you want to be productive, check these means of communication on your own terms and turn off all push notifications on your phone.
Become cell phone free
. You dont have to disconnect your service, but why not try Cell Phone Free Sundays? There is no one more important than those you spend your Sundays with. Do yourself and/or your family a favor and disconnect.
Cut your cable
. Stop being brainwashed and getting sucked into channel flipping. If you really want to occupy your mind with something worthwhile, start building up your book collection. Turn your living room into a library.
. Often I would dwell on the past and feel unhappy about how things have turned out. Here is something we need to know No matter how much you visit the past, nothing changes in it.
. De cluttering unwanted thing actually helps usher in the positive energies and gets rid of the negative ones. I have found this healing and I feel lighter when I am done with the de cluttering spree at home.
. When I use what I want and buy what I need, I know that I am living a conscious life. I know the sales and discounts look attractive, but we need to ask ourselves if we really need it. Getting rid of the excess baggage is a heady feeling. It made me feel free and lighter.
Live a green life
. As a parent who advocates green living, I know the difference it has made in my life to steer away from the toxins and chemicals that was harming my family. I love the clean and green things that I let my family indulge in. It also makes me live a cleaner and a different life.
Learn different things
. When I started experimenting with ingredients at home and started making my own recipes, I became more conscious about what I was using for my skin. I find working with oils and ingredients in my kitchen to be therapeutic.
Take up a hobby
. I stay in an apartment. With high rises, you dont have the luxury of having a garden, but I took up the hobby of growing potted plants. And when the children see a veggie growing or a flower blooming, the happiness on their face makes me happy.
Go Internet Free
. Sound difficult? It is not Trust me. I love to disconnect from the virtual world and keep one day just for myself. I like to indulge in a spa or just meditate, channeling my thoughts and getting my perspectives in place. Having some me time helps me relax and rejuvenate and tackle the week ahead.