7 simple things you can do to improve your life starting next week…

7 simple things you can do to improve your life starting next week…

via Inc.com by Marcel Schwantes

If personal development and self-improvement is your thing, you should really appreciate this list to kick off your week on a high note. First off though, I need to communicate its true intent so there are no misgivings or misinterpretations.

As you scroll further, you’ll notice a pattern (which could repel many of you expecting a magic pill solution to solve all your problems): Life is really about giving, service, and meaningful relationships. Having discovered this years ago, everything for me started to evolve– business success, lasting friendships, health and well-being.

Many of the activities below can be done in as little as a few minutes per day. Others will require some stretching as they will call you to stand in the divine space of putting others first.

As you make these rituals habitual and rewire your brain to the positive, you’ll start to see immediate benefits: More inner peace, lasting joy and, ultimately, great success as people will be drawn to you like a magnet.

Monday: Try a “five-minute favor.”

“Five-minute favors” are selfless giving acts without asking for anything in return. Examples of five-minute favors include: sharing knowledge, making an introduction, serving as a reference for a person, product, or service, or recommending someone on LinkedIn, Yelp, or another social place. As Adam Grant, author of Give and Take points out, by paying it forward, you are more successful without expecting a quid pro quo. And you aren’t just helping others in five focused minutes of giving. You are supporting the emotional spread of this practice–it becomes contagious.

Tuesday: Align your purpose with doing something to help another person.

Remind yourself frequently that the purpose of your life is not to work 10 hours per day, five days per week for 30 years, then retire to a golf course in Florida. Your true purpose should be to discover your calling in life, basking in the joy of the journey along the way, one step at a time. In the end, remember that your legacy is left to these two important questions:

  • What impact did I make on the lives of others?
  • Who did I serve and make better?

…for more happiness and success and a better life, keep reading HERE for the full week’s self-improvement program!