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100 Ways To Reinvent Your Life Part 2

October 13, 2010

Here is the next set of ways to reinvent yourself. If you can find the first 25 here.

26. Take control: In one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books there is a place called the waiting place. It’s the place we get stuck waiting for our ship to come in, the door of opportunity to open, just waiting for life. It’s not a good place. Instead take control. You are the person who make things happen. Do you have a dream? A goal perhaps? What are you waiting for? Take control.

27. Realize you can’t control others: So many times I wish I could make decisions for others. I would get mad when they didn’t do what I wanted or disagreed. The thing is there is nothing that I could do to make them do what I want. Sure, you can influence someone, but in the end you don’t have control over the actions of others. You aren’t responsible for their actions or their decisions.

28. Revive your childhood dreams: We all had dreams as a child. I wanted to an astronaut more than anything. Although this is not in the cards for me any more there is no reason why I can’t go for that dream. Over the years I have visited the Kennedy Space Center, waited to watch shuttles take off, took astronomy classes, learned to moon walk. Now I’m trying to arrange a trip to Space Camp. It may not be the same as becoming an astronaut, but why give up my childhood dreams when a bit of creative thinking can make them come true?

29. Count your blessings every day: Creating a positive mind-set can be hard. Counting your blessing every day is away of training ourselves to see the happy things around us each day. Even if it as small as finding a good parking space include that in our blessings. Soon you wont have to work so hard in finding the good.

30. Forgive: At some point we have all been hurt by someone. Holding onto those feeling of hate, anger, and resentment keep a deadly cycle of unhappiness going.  If you don’t practice forgiveness you can’t find happiness.

31. Silence: Give yourself the space to think, listen to your thoughts, create time for you. It can be discomforting at frist, but it is a way to refresh, distress, and gather yourself.

32. Embrace failure: Being afraid of failure is common. If you don’t take risk how can you ever move forward? By failing we can learn from our mistakes. Failure is the only way to move forward.

33. Give yourself credit: Don’t count your achievements short. Take a moment and reflect on all the things that you have done and not just on the things that you haven’t accomplished yet.

34. Listen: Really listen. Shut your laptop. Stop checking your phone and really listen to what someone is saying.

35. Find someone who will listen to you: It’s nice to have someone who you can talk to. Someone who you can tell everything. Someone who will really listen. We all need someone like that.

36. Set your plans in action: Having a list of goals, hopes and dreams is wonderful, but not so much if you don’t do anything about it. Start small. Start shooting for some of the smaller ones. Or break down the bigger goals so that they are in smaller, more achievable steps.

37. Change how you eat: I don’t think that this really needs to be explained, but a healthy body means a happier body. It’s not just about weight loss but getting the nutrients that your body needs.

38. Adopt a rescue: Pets just know how to put a smile on your face. Both of my cats are rescues. We have an unbelievable bond. Much stronger than I’ve had in the past with other pets. Pets from the shelter aren’t broken. They aren’t vicious. They are healthy and you will be saving a life. Plus it has been shown that there are mental, physical, and emotional benefits of having a pet. A win win!

39. Take control of your finances: Create a budget, start a savings account, restructure your spending there are a million ways to save money or cut costs. Getting control of your finances is a great way to change your life for the positive. Find a way that works for you. Maybe install Quicken on your computer, sign up for an account at mint.com or just use a pen and paper, but knowing where your money is going is the best way to control it.

40. Smile: Really, it’s a great cure for stress and feeling down in the dumps.

41. Education: Knowlegdge is power! Now that I sound like a bad after school special I would like to quote a song I sang in middle school “the more you learn the further you will go. When you get an education you are taking a stand. Knowledge is power. Get it while you can!” Corny? Yes, but it makes a good point.

42. Go green: Going 100% might be a bit impractical, but there are ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Trying buying local or organic foods, switch your chemicals to more eco-friendly brands, walk, turn off lights, wash clothing in cold water, or plant a garden. Not only is it good of the planet, but is healthier for us in the long run. Who couldn’t use to walk a bit more or eat healthier?

43. Don’t be part of the cycle of hate: My favorite saying is an eye for an eye makes the whole World blind. Hating someone because of who they are is ignorance. If you don’t understand just ask. Try to understand. Hate for hates sake is pointless. If someone did something to you, your family, or someone you care about learn to forgive. It is the best thing you can do for you. Don’t keep the cycle of hate going.

44. Figure out what your stress triggers are: When you know what triggers high levels of stress for you it is easier to avoid it or prepare yourself in advance for stressful situations.

45. Find an outlet: This can help in so many areas. If you are feeling angry, stressed, depressed, restless or just in a funk the best way to deal with it is to find an outlet to channel you emotions. Try dancing, exercise, writing, acting, meditation. What it is make sure that whenever you make time each week where you can get away and focus on whatever your outlet is. When you start to feel your mood slip try to find time to spend on your outlet activity.

46. Be calm: Take a few minutes and turn off the TV, the radio, and find a quiet spot. Relax, reflect, be calm. Being calm allows for mental clarity.

47. Give time to a cause: Work at a shelter, help a clean up team pick up trash, collect signatures for legislation that you support. Doesn’t matter what you do just find something that means something to you and makes you happy. Plus you are supporting your community at the same time.

48. Eliminate the unnecessary: Is your life cluttered with stuff? Do you have junk all over? Clothing you haven’t worn for years? How about that random Christmas gift that Aunt Bonnie gave you last year and you could never figure out what it was? Get rid of it. Sell it on ebay, take it to a consignment shop, or donate to Goodwill. Declutter your life.

49. Create a 5 year plan: Knowing what you want in life is good, but having a road map on how to get there is better. Sit down, do some research and plan, plan, plan.

50. Let loose: Do something that sunrises you.

Have you done anything on this list? Please share.

Want to see the rest? Part 1Part 3, Part 4.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 13, 2010 5:11 am

    Oh, Samantha, I love these two lists. They really speak to me. Thanks so much for compiling and sharing them. I have bookmarked them to provide me with inspiration. I was pleasantly surprised torealise that I have actually started doing a number of them recently. Maybe turning 40 and having three children under five had something to do with it! J x

    • October 13, 2010 11:43 am

      I’m happy that you liked the list. The other half will be out Monday and Wednesday. I think when I started putting the list together how simple some of them were, but I know that I have a tendency to overlook them.
      On a side note I have to send you a lot of respect for having 3 times under five. I have one and she is enough of a hand full!

  2. October 13, 2010 2:53 pm

    I am totally inspired by your list:) I need to read more of it…Kisses

    Ps: I am hosting a beautiful GIVEAWAY today…I hope you will join in:)

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