It’s easy to think things will never change, or that we are powerless to change them. No matter how bad things are, or how depressed you’re feeling, there are three things you can do today to make your life better, starting in this very moment.Look for anything good, even if you have to look hard. It might be as simple as seeing a butterfly or a colleague bringing you a cup of coffee. You can’t see what you’re not looking for, and when things are bad, we all tend to focus more on the negative and ignore the good. It’s there somewhere. Find it. Choose one tiny thing you can control and make it one tiny bit better. Choose not to eat something that isn’t healthy for you and do a mini-celebration inside your brain. Choose to say something kind to someone who irritates you, even if it is through gritted teeth. Choose to organize your desk or one shelf in one cabinet in your kitchen. Choose to spend an extra five minutes on your hair or your clothing today so you look your best. Choose to park further from the entrance so you get the blood flowing with a walk. There are many tiny things you can choose that will make your life 1% better today. The trick is to focus on how pleased you are that you’ve chosen to do this one little thing. Move in the right direction. Imagine for a moment that you have the ability to make the situation you are facing better. What would “better” look like? Write it down. What would it take to make that happen? Work it backwards. As unlikely as it seems, what steps would you have to take to get that reality to come true? Work it all the way back to the tiniest thing you’d have to do this month. This week. Today. Now. And then, take that action! Just that one. Do it today.
These three steps will help you make your life better starting today. Baby steps add up, so don’t dismiss these ideas as “too easy”.
Which of these ideas are you going to apply? Can you think of any I missed that you’d like to share with everyone? Please, comment on this post so everyone can benefit from your wisdom.