Tips to Develop Yourself and Live Your Best Life

If you’re feeling stuck, bored, or uninspired, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we have ten amazing ways to start the journey of self-discovery that leads to a meaningful life path and life situation that is never boring and always spontaneous. There’s no better time to start.

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Whether you want to improve your happiness, your prosperity, or your reputation, you have the power to influence your life using the advice in the article below. All you need to get started is a willingness to engage with one or more of the practices. So switch on the kettle and read on.   

Start Journaling 

Whether you journal on a traditional notebook or using an app on your phone, it’s an excellent way to begin exploring your personality and your way of life. Journaling takes many forms, from jotting down notes to writing pages of personal writing that you reflect on every now and again. 

Most of the time, we have something going on in our heads; we are usually thinking about the past or the future, and sometimes the present. Journaling gives us the chance to switch off the running commentary and unlocks the subconscious mind providing us with new life insights. 

If you’re keen to get started with a journaling habit, you don’t need a nudge, simply find a place you like and a comfortable situation, and start scribbling. If you want to start journaling but don’t know how to get started, journaling prompts are an excellent way to open us up on the page.   

Consider Traveling 

We don’t have to go far to reap the benefits of traveling; in fact, it’s possible to find personal development opportunities close to home simply by changing our mindset and seeing ordinary things in new ways. That said, nothing beats getting out of the country and finding new cultures. 

Traveling helps us to grow and develop in lots of ways. Firstly, it takes us out of our comfort zone and challenges us to communicate and connect with people we don’t know very well. It also cultivates our inner resources such as resilience, creativity, problem-solving, and more. 

Instead of booking a package holiday this year to spend a week or two in the sun, why not use your vacation time as an opportunity to develop yourself and live your best life. Choose a destination you might not have considered in the past or challenge yourself with volunteering.    

Start Meditating 

Do you feel stressed in your life or seek answers but can’t find any? Maybe it’s time to consider a meditation practice. Meditation is a human technology that has been used for thousands of years to help us find a spiritual path and move along it with intention, skill, and some success. 

Many people put off meditation because it seems boring, difficult, or ineffective, but when you practice in a way that suits you, it becomes a powerful and indispensable practice. Whether you sit on a cushion, stool or practice while you run in the gym, the key is concentrated awareness.

According to yoga, meditation happens in three stages. The first is Dharana, meaning concentration. Choose an object like a mantra or follow the breath. Next is dhyana, or meditation; the mind no longer hops around. Finally, you enter samadhi, meditative absorption.  

Embrace Creativity 

Many people don’t think they are creative; in school, they were not very good at drawing, and in general, they are more scientifically minded. But, of course, everyone is creative. Humans need to be creative to solve problems, originally for survival, but in modern times for more happiness. 

Creativity takes many forms, so whether you enjoy traveling, working on puzzles, or making inferences graphic organizers, embracing your creativity is an excellent way to develop yourself by unlocking your potential and contributing to the world in a way you never thought possible. 

As with exercise and meditation, creativity also helps us to feel better about ourselves. When we embrace creativity and work on a project, we enter into a state of ‘flow’ that is a form of engaged awareness. This state is an enjoyable and relaxing place to be if you are stressed. 

Exit Comfort Zone 

We spend so much of our lives setting up a comfort zone. For instance, we find groups of friends we like and trust, a safe neighborhood to live in, and a job that provides plenty of insurance for future. Why, then, would we want to leave our comfort zone and take chances?

The answer is that comfort zones become too comfortable, and if we want to grow and develop as human beings, we need to abandon the safe zone – at least for a time – and explore the wilderness. In short, it means taking some chances in life in an effort to discover hidden depths. 

Think about the past and whether you have any regrets, perhaps things you wish you had achieved but didn’t get round to them. If this is something you will continue to regret as you get older, then exit your comfort zone to explore. Chances are, you extend your comfort borders.

Gratitude Practice 

Experienced spiritual practitioners talk about two aspects of the mind, the ‘store’ mind, and the ‘active’ mind. The store mind is where all of our emotions are kept; it includes every emotion, whether it is positive or negative. The active mind contains any active emotion that is triggered. 

If you are feeling happy and joyful, that means that the act of joy is currently present in your active mind; however, it doesn’t mean that anger no longer exists. A state of joy can quickly become a state of anger if an external event happens to trigger and activate it in the mind. 

Gratitude practice is a way to develop positive qualities in the mind by triggering the positive emotions contained in the store mind. Using a journal or some mindfulness practices, you can cultivate more joy and happiness in your life by encouraging positive emotions more often.   

Mindfulness Practice 

Mindfulness practice is another powerful way to activate positive emotions in the store mind, but it’s also a way of handling negative emotions, so they don’t become problematic. For instance, when anger arises, repression isn’t healthy; instead, we should engage mindfulness awareness.

Like anger, anxiety, confusion, craving, and all the other emotions we experience as human beings, mindfulness is located in the ‘store’ mind. Outside events trigger anger to arise, but we can consciously trigger mindfulness to arise simultaneously, helping absorb and process anger.

So the question is, how can we consciously trigger this mindfulness to arise when we need it? The answer is present moment awareness which can take the form of sensory awareness, awareness of breathing, awareness of thinking, or awareness of emotions rising from the store.   

Healthy Relationships 

Human beings are social creatures with strong family communities, so relationships are fundamental to our happiness and quality of life. But relationships aren’t easy, and they can seriously affect our mental wellbeing; at the same time, they are an excellent growth opportunity.

The secret to a successful relationship is to know, understand, and accept yourself. Once you are grounded with these qualities, you can interact with anyone and enhance your life experience as well as theirs. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t get hurt from time to time. 

As a general rule, failure is success, and vulnerability is strength, so if you are hurt in a relationship, try to see it as an opportunity to develop yourself and move forward with more strength and insight. Viewed in this way, relationships of all kinds are opportunities for growth.  

Kindness Practice 

Actions have consequences – that’s another universal law. So while unkind actions lead to unhappiness and problems in your life, kind actions have the opposite effect. The more you practice kind actions, the happier and more satisfied you will be with your current life situation.

Practicing kindness means different things to different people. For some people practicing kindness means giving to charity more often, while for others, it means helping people out when they can. Alternatively, you could make more time for your friends, family, and loved ones.

What you find when you practice kindness in this way is that your life improves according to the universal law that actions have consequences. Making more time for people in your life changes their views, and they reciprocate. And giving to charity is an act that supports your wellbeing. 

A True Path 

Whatever spiritual tradition you follow or guru you listen to, dead or alive, most of the advice comes back to a simple idea – know yourself. This might sound easy, but there are many things we don’t know about ourselves that need to be explored if we want to live wholesome lives. 

Finding your path is the first step on the journey of developing yourself and living your best life. If you don’t know where to start, a good place is to use some of the ideas above to start exploring your capabilities. Another way is to discover your path by following your passions. 

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