As you may know, every week I put out the Rafal’s Thursday Elixir where I share I digest of things that excited me, brought me inspiration, and amazed my mind. Each Elixir contains one Good Life Tip. These are engineered to change your perspective on things and give you practical ideas to improve your life.
I’m very much into self-improvement because it changed my life. I’ve found that small ideas can give you the slight edge you need to succeed. The rest is self discipline.
“Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.” ― Voltaire
Here’s the list of Twelve Good Life Tips
Good life tip #1 – The question
Take a piece of paper, and at the top write a question:
“How can I improve my life right now?”
Then, come up with at least twenty answers.
Next, take action on at least one of your ideas immediately.
I’ve learned this from Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy.
Good life tip #2 – Take a cold shower
I’ve learned about the idea this week and I’ve tried it with great success (and even more hesitation). Taking a super cold shower, especially in the morning or after a workout offers many benefits. You can check the whole list here.
Good life tip #3 – Meditate for 20 minutes a day
Meditation is a habit of probably more than 80% of highest achievers in every industry. There are just too many scientifically backed benefits to ignore it or discard it. I do one meditation session in the morning (just after waking up and drinking a glass of water). You can try to do it with this audio track. It will put your brain into the right state.
Good life tip #4 – Quick Language Learning
Learn a new language in an easy way with a flashcard app for your phone. I’ve learned quite a lot of Spanish by using a simple app called Anymemo. (It’s only for Android but you can find similar apps across the web). You can learn more about the method I’ve used over here.
Good life tip #5 – Take a mindful breath
It’s possible that sometimes you get really tense but don’t have time to relax your mind. In that situation you can just close your eyes, recognize your agitation, and take three very deep mindful breaths. Try to observe how the air flows in and out of your nostrils. You’ll feel much better as a result.
Good life tip #6 – The intensity of the experience
Reading a 100 books is not worth a single moment of intensive experience. It’s the experience, not knowledge that ultimately leads to wisdom and fulfillment.
Good life tip #7 – Set 30 day challenges for yourself
Get a calendar, write down what you want to achieve (new habit) and cross off every day successful day. Most probably you won’t do it for 30 days straight but once you’ve fell off the wagon.
Get back on the goddamn wagon. How many can you do? 23 out of 30? That’s a great start.
Good life tip #8 – Break the pattern
You may tend to get stuck in our ways of thinking.
That’s why you have to take just 1 day off to do something totally new.
What is totally new for you?
Good life tip #9 – Wind down like a pro
In the evening, take some time to wind down and go to sleep like a normal human being. What prevents good sleep? Checking your phone before going to bed, drinking coffee or alcohol in the late evening, and not creating a to-do list for the next day.
Good life tip #10 – Take a day off
Take a break from your ambition. You will return stronger tomorrow. There’s no need to be pushing too hard. But don’t get me wrong – come back tomorrow! I’ve learned this from Jim Rohn.
Good life tip #11 – Know thyself
Don’t listen to all the advice you hear. In fact, stop seeking advice. Look deep inside and ask what you should really be doing. What is your true calling? You don’t have to be like that person you admire or that famous person. You can be yourself. Jung called the Individuation.
Good life tip #12 Enjoy the sadness
Even if your life is going well and you achieve your goals, there will be times of sadness and uncertainty. Feeling of dissatisfaction is inherent to the human mind. Instead of fighting it, accept it and allow this blues to come over you. Know that it’s impermanent, and like all other moods it will soon change.
Please let me know in the comments if you’ve enjoyed this list of the Good Life Ideas.