Good to Better

PunchTantra Wednesday, August 10, 2016

There is nothing more meaningful in life than to pursue the path of development and betterment. It is through constant improvement that we get the most out of our lives. Sometimes it is natural to get lost a bit too much in counting our blessings and sweep the problems under the carpet, reasoning it is ‘not that bad' till one day some sort of lightning of realization strikes to reveal a mountain of problems and there is very little time to do anything about it. The human potential is limitless, so it seems highly improbable to reach a point of not wanting to grow. Whenever we think we are good, we can be even much better.

Here are some simple ways to get the best from our lives: 

Stepping out of comfort
Yes, we’ve heard it over and over again from different sources, isn’t it!
But it does what it’s meant to do. With comfort comes the ability to be satisfied with the situation that surrounds us, regardless of whether it is good or bad. Our comfort zone can act like our shells of denial. This makes us unnecessarily more reluctant towards making improvements or stepping forward to make any change that we may need. It stagnates the overall growth. Do you stay indoors most of the time? Are you less vulnerable, do you keep to your own space when out with other people? Do you hesitate in communicating? What is your comfort zone?  Do something different by bringing a change in monotonous routines. Exposing ourselves to new circumstances and environments often help in moving ahead of wherever we might’ve been stuck. Expose yourself to new contexts and surroundings.

Setting up our days.
Some way or the other way we are always striving to be in some sort of routine. A routine to finish whatever ‘short or long term tasks’ we may have gathered to spend the rest of our lives in a fruitful way. Early risers are argued to be most proficient in completing a day's work in a day's time. Waking up early has been acknowledged by many to improve productivity and quality of life. With technological advancements and constant buzzing of new gadgets along with the world constantly running for 24 hours 7 days a week. It is more and more important to set the right priorities and routines and generally when we wake up early, our mindset is already set to continue the momentum and proactively live out the day.

Adding a physical Exercise to our daily routine.
 A better ‘you’ not just involves being mentally healthy and balanced, but also includes one of the most important aspects that is of being in a good health physically. Running and jogging even for a few minutes, yoga, cycling, swimming or simple exercising at home itself could do wonders. It freshens up our mind with good positive thoughts and adds up to overall charm and cheerfulness in our day to day life. Easier said than done, the results show up only when we first put enough efforts to make it as part of our daily routine.

Read Every day.
Books are concentrated sources of wisdom. The more books we read, the more wisdom we are exposed to. There are a number of books that it can be safely called as countless, somehow authors have always existed from very beginning of civilization and much before any other profession became more common, it was a natural instinct to develop skills to communicate and preserve it in the form of facts and figures to leave a legacy behind for next generations.

There could be works of fantasy, fiction, or poetry or biographies whatever manages to give you that calling upon itself. We can travel a thousand lands, live in different ages and eras, and even in places that do not exist only by flipping through the pages of a book and letting our imaginations wander.

Learning a new Language.
Learning a language might appear as a tedious task in beginning but with more practice and persistence, it gathers more interest and can be counted as one of the most important skills to learn. The process of acquainting with a new language not just allows a person to communicate with different people but it allows us to explore another culture and that can turn out to be a mind-opening experience. Especially, it can be of great use for travelers. 

Learning a new Hobby.
Beyond just our usual favorite hobbies is there something new, any new sport to learn like fencing, golf, rock climbing, football, canoeing, ice skating or something that is played indoors? Your new hobby can also be a recreational hobby or something completely new like pottery, learning to cook a new dish, dancing, wine appreciation, or why not pick a paintbrush to throw some colors on canvas and start painting, or maybe a new musical instrument.
The list of new things to learn could go endless, learning something new often introduces ourselves to that hidden sides of our character that we might have never known but something that has always been waiting to be discovered.

Overcome fears and phobias.
All of us have fears. Fear of uncertainty, fear of public speaking, fear of risk etc. All our fears keep us in the same position and prevent us from growing. Recognize that your fears reflect potential areas where we can grow. Think of fears as the compass for growth. If we have a fear about something, it represents something that is yet to be addressed and addressing it helps to grow.

Being in the company of inspirational people.
Our environment sets our mood and tone. If you are living in an inspirational environment you are going to be inspired every day. If you are living in a dull room you will be in dull and negativity surrounds you.
Remember how suddenly out of nowhere that one particular subject in classroom managed to grab all of your attention, while all others made you sleepily yawn away. There is no age limit for education and learning.

After all, change does not happen overnight.
It’s equally as fascinating to be in the state of thankfulness, as it is to hear the knocking of the change.
The amount of time taken to think about doing something and making a change often leads to one thought at the end of it; that, that same time could have been utilized for making that needed change.

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