“The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.”
Arthur C. Clarke
1.Get up earlier. I know it’s boring. I know you don’t want to and I know how cozy it is under those covers and how soft those Egyptian cotton sheets are. Get over it! Life’s busy and one of the only ways to stop complaining that you have no time is to make some. Getting up earlier (and I mean properly early – 5.30 is a good place to start) will give you the time to do things that you’ve always said you haven’t had time for. Personally I like to get up and do an hour’s exercise, not only do I feel more energised during the day because of it (I honestly feel better for getting up earlier!). It also means that you get whatever it is out the way and feel satisfied at the end of the day that you were able to squeeze it in.
2.Make a list of what you want to do. Some call them Bucket Lists or Things to do Before You Die but making a list of all the things you’ve ever heard of and liked the sound of can be incredibly focusing because you actually consciously have to think about what you really want out of life and once you’ve done that you can put steps into getting the things done. Even just baby steps. Like getting up at 5.30 each morning so that you can write a page of the book that you want to write .
3.Try Something Different. Something really different. Whether you’ve created a list of things (as above) and want to try something off of that or even if you haven’t made the list, give it a go. Especially if it’s outside of your comfort zone because once you’ve tried something that previously scared or intimidated you, not only will you feel alive but you’ll feel so motivated to try something else to maintain those great feelings. Last year running my first (and then second 5K, did it for me), it was challenging but so immensely satisfying afterwards, especially as it was for charity. Take a look at my Seize The Day List if you want some other ideas of different things to try.
4.Put Some Money Aside Each Month (even if it’s just a little). I know times are tight but if you can try to put money aside each month then you will gradually build up to amounts that you can use either for brand new amazing experiences, personal treats (which make days feel so much more satisfying) or even a deposit on a house. Yes, it may take time but it’s incredibly satisfying watching that money build up and it’ll feel great to spend it on something you’ve always wanted.
5.Appreciate the Little Things. It’s ridiculously easy to get complacent and ungrateful with life but being alive and to have choice in what you do with your life is pretty darn amazing, make the most of it by appreciating the little things. Appreciate that you have a home to retreat to when it’s too cold or hot outside. Appreciate the beauty of nature; the dawning of a new season, a flower in bloom or birds in flight. Appreciate little gestures like someone holding a door for you. Most of all just appreciate being. It really is incredible and to seize it, you first need to be able to appreciate it.