10 Promises You Will Thank Yourself for in 10 Years

10 Promises You Will Thank Yourself for in 10 Years

Isn’t it funny that decisions that may have seemed questionable at the time worked out in your favor days, weeks, months or years down the road? That path you were taking might not have made sense at the time, but everything came into focus in hindsight.

Though it’s something we obviously know – perhaps in the back of our minds – it can be difficult to comprehend the fact that your very actions today have a direct impact on your future. Those little actions quickly add up. And they make all of the difference.

We know the basics – smoking and drinking in excess is bad for you and exercise and eating healthy is good – but this goes way beyond that. It may not even necessarily include an action because thoughts are just as important. The way you act and feel about yourself often speaks volumes more than actions alone.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a crystal ball to see where we are headed. But we do have the ability to shape and sculpt an experience between now and then that can be extremely beneficial in the long run. You just have to be willing to make a few promises to yourself first.

Those promises are the difference between success and failure or happiness and depression. They can bring fulfillment or emptiness. But the common denominator is that they are within your control. You make the decision to keep those promises or break them. And that makes all of the difference. That’s why you’ll thank yourself for keeping these 10 promises in 10 years:

10 Ways to Relinquish Control & Get Back Your Life

10 Ways to Relinquish Control & Get Back Your Life

These days, our hyper-aware society generally values the ability to do 50 tasks at once while balancing a multitude of other obligations and responsibilities. Control is the norm. At what point did we decide that this was a good way to live? Micromanaging every aspect of life leaves no time to actually enjoy its benefits, and isn’t that what we all live for?

Letting go of your control may be difficult at first, but its effects will be well worth it. While you do need some level of control over your life, identifying where that fine line falls is key in maintaining lasting success. This isn’t about completely giving up all control. It’s about finding the balance that will enable you to pursue passions, hobbies and goals that you once only dreamed of doing.

Interested in letting go and getting your life back? Check out these 10 tips to relinquish control in everyday life:

Stop Focusing on These 9 Negative Thoughts Today

Stop Focusing on These 9 Negative Thoughts Today

The morning is a sacred time for so many. It’s when we collect our thoughts. It’s when we lay out our plan of attack for the day.

But how many of us really start off the day on a positive note? Negative thoughts are everywhere. They can easily permeate our good feelings before the day even gets started. From self-doubt, fear of failure and not being worthy to the need for perfectionism and generalization, they are, frankly, everywhere. It’s kinda scary, but doesn’t have to be.

Everyone gets negative thoughts from time to time. It’s important to understand that this is a normal part of existence. What’s not normal is to obsess and focus on these negative thoughts so much so that you can’t function in your normal life.

It’s seems like an easy solution, but can often be the total opposite. Many of us don’t even realize what these negative thoughts are. They have become so ingrained into our everyday thought process that they are part of our daily actions – just like breathing, eating and sleeping.

Negative thoughts should never be part of your life. Though it may seem obvious, so many people live their daily lives with these bad ideas floating around their mind – essentially corrupting any positive thinking or thought patterns.

Your mom (or dad!) more than likely told you over and over again to focus on the positive. You probably just brushed them off and said, “yeah, whatever mom/dad.” Guess what? That’s some sound advice to take. It’s so very simple yet so incredibly complicated. Having a positive attitude can make all of the difference. That begins with pushing the negative thoughts out of your mindset. Crazy idea, right?

So let go of these negative thoughts. See the positive. Focus on the “glass half full” – it will make all of the difference.

In order to begin this process, you must know what you are dealing with. Here are 9 negative thoughts that may be significantly influencing your life right now:

18 Ways to Stay 18 Forever

18 Ways to Stay 18 Forever

I had my iPod on shuffle while walking my dog yesterday. So many songs that I hadn’t listened to in years came through my headphones, bringing back varying memories associated with those melodies – some good, some not so good. It’s amazing how a song can literally take you to a moment in time. One song came on – “Soco Amaretto Lime” by Brand New – and I was instantly transported years back. There is a line in this song that says, “I’m gonna stay 18 forever, so we can stay like this forever.” This was my absolutely favorite song when I was 18. I didn’t think life could get better than it was at that time.

Though my life has vastly improved since I was 18, as I imagine is the case for many of us, I think some of that nostalgia is rooted in a few key, simple facts. Youth brings back a sense of freedom and fun that isn’t always evident as we get older. The idea of being 18 is probably better than actually being 18 again, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things we can take from the overall concept and apply it to our lives now.

As we grow up, we lose a few of the essential elements that made being young so much fun and so exhilarating. We accept what we are doing and move on with our lives without any question or dissent. Check out these 18 ways you can utilize the idea of youth and stay 18 forever:

9 Key Thoughts Successful People Have Daily

9 Key Thoughts Successful People Have Daily

Success starts with your mind. Whether it is how you think, your outlook on the future or persistence to succeed, you must be mentally prepared to face all obstacles that you could possibly be faced with on the rocky path to success. A positive mindset will get you a lot further in life than negativity ever will. Those who thrive in this ever-competitive world, in both personal and professional endeavors, have a clear understanding of what they want out of life and how they are going to get there. That begins with how you think and what your thoughts are about.

People who have experienced success share several common denominators. Besides working extremely hard and always keeping their mind open to new ideas, they often are passionate about what they are doing and look forward to tackling each new day as it comes. Maintaining a level of excitement for life in general enables you to bring continued purpose to your existence, even when things get tough.

Looking for some insight on what gives certain people an edge? Check these nine thoughts successful people have daily:

4 Motives That Hold You Back

4 Motives That Hold You Back

We are all capable of greatness. The only differentiation between those who actually achieve success and those who are left in the dust is their ability to overcome challenges that can indefinitely hold them back. Recognizing these impediments allows you to work through any negative thoughts and fear you may have about reaching for your dreams. Once you identify the obstacles that aren’t letting you achieve success, you’ll be better able to scrutinize them and implement a solution.

Squash fear, push on and become your dream. Overcome these 5 motives that can hold you back now:

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7 Powerful Life Lessons to Remember

7 Powerful Life Lessons to Remember

Whether you realize it or not, life teaches you something new every day.

How you take those lessons and incorporate them into your daily life dictates the direction in which you will develop. Events from the past have the power to control your future actions. Our life experiences shape us into the people we later become, for both the good and the bad. Always take away a new or refreshed view from any experience you go through. It will help you grow in all facets of your life.

We build on each experience we have, improving from the prior lessons learned. This is how progress is made. Understanding certain life lessons early on will put you in a situation to better handle whatever comes your way.

Check out seven very important and powerful life lessons below: