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7 ways to change your life in the next 7 days

Life change may seem to take years to achieve but there are steps you can walk today and in the next week that perhaps can change your life forever.

Most are little steps, but when combined together they can create big and lasting change.

Here are 7 ways to change your life in the next 7 days.

1. Change your words and phrases

One of the most effective ways to change your life is to change your attitude and mindset. And the best way to change your attitude and mindset is to remove certain words and phrases from your vocabulary and to replace them with others that are more positive.

It might take some time to remove negative phrases and words because you’ve gotten so used to them. But once you start using new words and phrases that are more positive, you’ll be surprised at how almost instantly people around you react differently and how you look at the world around you in a fresh way.

Your entire life changes without you having to change everything.

Here are some words and phrases to stop using:

- “It’s just one of those days.”

- “Same s**t, different day.”

- “Same old, same old.”

- “Pretty good.”

- “What’s the world coming to?”

- “Kids these days.”

- “I can’t.”

- “I don’t know.”

- “The good old days.” (Suggested by Lyved reader Tyler)

- Hate – It’s such a powerful word that has become too common in our vocabulary.

- Retarded – I don’t know why people insist on using this word to describe something they don’t like or understand.

- Gay (Requested by Lyved reader Max based on the same negative use as “retarded”)

For some ideas on what you can start saying to improve your life and make lasting, positive change, please read our article: 50 things to say before you die.

2. Count your blessings

We all get caught up and forget to reflect on how fortunate we are. So in the next 7 days take an hour and think about:

What you’re glad to have experienced – sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s a bad experience, but it’s shaped who you are. For me, one thing I’m glad I experienced was poverty.

What you’re fortunate to have – family, food, shelter.

What you’re fortunate to not have – it could be sickness or debt.

3. Dust off your bucket list

Take out your list of things to do before you die and find something you can do in the next week. Or write something new down and do it.

4. Wake up claiming the Best. Day. Ever.

One day can positively change your entire life. And that one day needs to start with one good morning.

During the next 7 days wake up claiming that it will be the best day ever and try your hardest to maintain that attitude all day.

5. Try something you think you’re bad at

Perhaps you think you’re horrible at singing, writing, basketball, or some other talent. But perhaps you’ve just never really given yourself the time to attempt and if you do, you might find a new talent for yourself.

6. Declare your life’s purpose

It can certainly be done in a week with focus and a bit of work.

To help you, here are two articles you might be interested in reading:

5 easy pieces to piecing together your purpose in life

What do you want on your headstone?

7. Recognize change happens constantly

Every single day your life changes no matter what. Even if you go through the same routine over and over again, no two days are ever the same. Recognize this and even the days of adversity and pain will become bearable because you know that “good new days” lie ahead.


Cross posted from lyved.com

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Liz Ryan: Don`t suck the juice out of your career

I dreamed about Albert Einstein the other night. I dreamed I was reading dear Albert`s resume, and it said …”Results-oriented scientist, researcher and author with a broad range ofexperience in cosmology, astrophysics and related areas. Extensive background in laboratory research, mathematical computation, writing and lecturing.”

In my nightmare, one of the most exciting people ever to grace our planet wasreduced to a boring, lifeless shell on paper. If it could happen to Albert Einstein, it could happen to you!

We pick up bad habits over time, but we can break them. Our moms got us to stop biting our nails (most of us, anyway). We can stop describing ourselves in soporific terms, and bring a little color and spark back into our resumes.

The weirdest thing about prevailing resume dogma is that it encourages us to tell the reader everything he or she needs to know about what we`ve done so far in our careers – everything except the punchline! A typical resume, for instance, will include a bullet like this one:

“Answered calls for salespeople, created sales reports, and resolved sales order discrepancies.”

This resume bullet and the 10 million resume bullets like it leave me feeling like a character on “Seinfeld” during the famous “Yada Yada” episode, where the most important details of every story are glossed over with an airy “Yada yada” in place of the deets.

We want the story! Why were those salespeople calling you? What did you tell them? What good did it do, when you shared that information? What bad thing would have happened if you hadn`t answered the phone? Who read those sales reports, and what did s/he do with the information?

You get the idea.

Keep the blood and guts in your resume. Tell us not only what you did in each job you held, but why. Tell us who cared, and tell us why that person cared enough to put you on Task A or Project X rather than something else entirely.  Tell us why your work mattered to your employer, and why it mattered to you.

Give us a reason to care, too.

Liz Ryan is the CEO of Ask Liz Ryan, a Boulder human-resources and career-development consulting firm. She can be reached at liz@asklizryan.com.

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