#Self-improvement Series 1- Introduction
2019, so much has happened in this year! A turnaround for so many of us in so many ways. What next, the unfinished wishes and resolutions of the previous years will be cumulatively be dumped on the coming year, endless cycle!
Why is the new year so much important and looked forward to? You’re still going to have the same job, same family, same friends, same traits, then what is so new about it? What if I say that one of the major reasons, we are so excited about the new year is because we secretly hope that at least this coming year will take we out of the mess…and suddenly we will be blooming with happiness, dancing in dollar-shower, getting into a relationship for real!… Am I right? Isn’t hope like hay to heartfulness? Letting the reality sink in, none of it will come true only by dreaming it. Let’s take the steering in our hand and give our solo drive of life a manual detailing. We are all in this drive alone, together.
If you feel more aloof from yourself and your goals more than ever before, I believe this blog will help you in some way for sure. In all my blogs written before, I haven’t preached what I don’t practice. This blog has the same adherence. I am either working, or will be soon working or have already worked on the delineation below. In this series on SELF-IMPROVEMENT, we will dwell on every single tip, imbibe and apply. One blog each expertising in one tip. I suggest instead of trying to work on all habits simultaneously and then dumping them altogether out of exhaustion, pick and work on one habit at a time.
Only NOW will change your life, not any new year. Replace the ‘I don’t have time’ with ‘I want to be my better self.’
1. Waking up early
When was the last time you woke up to the chirping of birds, warm coffee in hand and subtle rays falling on your face? Morning atmosphere is rippled with positive vibes and energy. It’s a significant booster in prioritization of the daily chores. Prioritization itself will leave you with time in hands to do the things you ideally aren’t able to take out time for.
‘The more you will read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go’ – Dr.Seuss . I cannot emphasize enough on how much reading contributes to the personality that you will mould. The moment you start treating reading as a privilege and not a chore, it will begin to change you in so many ways.
The benefits are already spoken of a lot and it is not that most of you do not intend to do it. But…laziness, and then you have Netflix and Prime, and the excellence we have achieved in giving ‘genuine excuses’! With so many fun options for work out available these days, we will dive into the options and the best fit to be healthy in this series.
4. Timely meal
Having food in time has equal importance as having right diet, in my opinion. Our body is so intelligent and very intricate about the processes, it works as per its own clock. In youth, this is often skipped as it is not being thought about in the long run. Well, we are going to get old someday, and we have all resources to make it a pleasant age!
Essence of a day lived: To see if you put energies where needed, whether it served the purpose, whether it could have been discarded and maybe time and resources could have been saved. Reflection on day to day activities reduces the opportunity cost in most situations gives platform for more confidence, constant self-growth, a precision in daily chores, decision making, conversations made, food, finance, love-life, etc.
6. Switching from chemical to organic
The FMCG outlets are filled with processed food, toxic soaps and shampoos, cancerous plastic containers, etc. Not only is the transition from all-chemical to mostly-organic going to pay you off with abundance of youth and health in the long term, but you will also be leaving earth with undeniably lesser carbon print!
Taking a pause to process what a person is trying to convey, not only gives you time to understand his/her perspective but also turn the conversation more fruitful. Communication is not a competition. Don’t you love it when you have someone who listens to you and takes efforts in understand what is being confided. Well, let’s be that person!
8. Charity begins at home
Only when charity begins at home, I’d say it has begun right. What is not good from inside, will have to be covered up so much from the outside. Treat your family right even if that is not the reciprocation, share knowledge there first, in my opinion, internal broken ties will always hinder the ties you want to make out in the world!
9. Gratitude, fortitude
Being grateful is a quality that begins as a habit. To be aware that you could have been anyone living a kind of life that you dread. You could have been that malnourished boy selling balloons, or that victim of domestic violence, or being one of the souls who passed away today. In some way, don’t you think it is a tiny stroke of luck that you are none of them but merrily reading this blog in your comfort with the facilities more than half Indians can only dream of? Accept, but persevere.
10. Unhindering hunch!
Intuition outbeats intelligence. Not meaning that logic and quantitative evaluation has any less importance, but that first hunch that you get, something that you know without knowing it, is the super power we possess. Incorporate it, believe in your gut!