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4 Ways to Make Life Work for You

4 Ways to Make Life Work for You
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Note: This is a guest post by Glen Allsopp of PluginID.

At times, life can feel like an uphill struggle and to be fair…it often is. We work the 9 till 5, we try to implement habits that promote positive changes and we keep our sanity with things we enjoy here and there. Sometimes though, it can feel like there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to get done what we want to achieve.

After all, there are many aspects of our lives we all want to work on, including:

  • Health.
  • Wealth.
  • Relationships.
  • Happiness.

All while fitting in a busy work schedule, making sure the bills are paid and trying to keep some sort of social life. Before you think you are on the wrong website, don’t worry. This is The Positivity Blog. Today we’re going to look at some simple yet effective fundamentals you can implement into your world so that life starts working for you.

These simple truths can often be ignored, and you might just find that you’ve been shutting out the life of your dreams, rather than positively promoting it.

Making Life Work for You

The following steps are here for you to question yourself and your current path, but they’re also here to show how simple changes in your daily life can affect the overall picture.

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
Annie Dillard

1. Be Honest with Yourself and Others

Before you dismiss this as some ‘obvious advice’, let me explain. There’s one cold, hard truth I want to share with you today: if you are living the dreams of someone else, life is always going to be a struggle. What I mean by that is despite your religious views or upbringing, if you are on the path to achieve goals for others, then you will never find ease or fulfilment in your life.

Sometimes, parents and peers can push us into careers that they think are best for us or lifestyles that we simple don’t enjoy but we follow them because it is what they want from us. Your parents brought you into this world and your friends are there to support you, but there are certain things they don’t have control over – your career choices and ambitions. Ask yourself right now: “Am I really on the path I want to be on, or am I doing it for someone else?” Only you can know the answer, and only you can change the outcome.

If you realise you aren’t on the path you want to be on, build the courage to speak out about it. After all, this is your life, this is all we have. Make the most of it.

2. Work Smarter, Get Luckier

One of my favourite sayings goes something along the lines of “the harder I work, the luckier I get”. What this means is that more opportunities tend to arise when you start getting more done. There are other ways to get more done though, and that involves working smarter, rather than working harder.

Some good tips to work smarter include:

  • Realising areas where you are wasting time. This might be things like procrastinating or it might be spending too much time being social with friends instead of keeping focused on your to do list. Of course, getting out now and then isn’t a bad thing.
  • Getting up earlier. Not only does waking up in the earlier give you more time to work on the things you need to, but it’s also a very productive time of day. Mornings are often free of distractions that you are likely to get working at other hours.
  • Outsourcing what you can. For some people, outsourcing is seen as a waste of money when they could do something themselves. However, with some research about cost and results, you will find that it’s possible to outsource a lot of your work and still achieve great, if not better results.

These simple tips should work to give you more hours in the day so you can focus more on the likes of wealth creation, health and happiness. Ideally, your ‘work’ is towards your life dreams, so happiness is just part of the process.

3. Create Lasting Relationships

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying “It’s not what you know but who you know”, well…it’s as relevant in 2009 as it ever was, especially in the current economy. Due to relationships I’ve created in the last year I’ve been able to:

  • Save money by getting free drinks and entry in almost all nightclubs that I visit.
  • Get a job half way across the world, doing what I love.
  • Save money on the likes of accommodation and car rentals.
  • Raise my overall ‘social profile’ and become happier in the process.

I’ve wrote a guide on ‘How to Make Friends‘ but I’ll summarise the main points here. Realise that friends are abundant, there are literally billions of people out there you can connect with; therefore, don’t change for anyone. People want to see the real you, they don’t want you to change. Authenticity and honesty go a long way, at least to the people that will matter.

4. Open your Mind to the Possibilities

I did say that it’s possible you may be shutting out your dreams in your life and you may not even realise it. If you didn’t need money and could do anything in the world, what would it be? If you aren’t on the path to doing that, you’re in the wrong park.

Seriously, whatever you can visualise you can create. Our world contains college drop-outs who have started billion dollar companies, 3ft tall, 26 year old men dating multiple beautiful women, humans landing on the moon and NASA sending robots to Mars.

There are plenty of people out there who will be happy to tell you that you can’t achieve things, you don’t need to tell yourself as well.

Stick to your honest path, realise it is possible, create great relationships along the way and work smarter in the process. And you know what? Life will start to work for you, always.

Glen Allsopp is a Personal Development blogger at PluginID. His aim is to inspire, awaken and motivate people to create their own reality and be who they want to be.

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  • Mark Foo | TheBigDreamer.com March 2, 2009, 8:48 pm

    Hi Glen,

    Well-done! I especially like #4. I’ve met so many people who are so sceptical of things and narrow-minded that in the end, they’re stuck in a job they hate and still think that’s the way life is.

    They think a job is just a mean to survive and there’s no better way to make a living. They’re not open-up to ideas that it is possible to make a living doing what you love, and that there are other ways to earn an income other than a job.

    Kudos to you for writing this excellent piece!

    Cheers~

    Mark

  • Bill Riddell March 3, 2009, 12:11 am

    Great post Glen, I was particularly drawn to your emphasis on being honest to yourself and others.

    I posted about the importance of being true to yourself and too others in this post last year – http://billriddell.com/it-is-your-life/

    Too many of use are molded to the hopes, wishes and prodding of those around us. They slowly force us into a place deep down we dont want to be yet we feel powerless to escape from. If you can stay true to what you want from life, focus on what you want from your life rather than what others would like for you then hapiness will follow.

    Have a great day,

    Bill

  • Glen Allsopp March 3, 2009, 12:16 am

    Hey Mark,

    Thanks a lot for the kind words, I’m really glad you liked the post!

    Cheers,
    Glen

  • me March 3, 2009, 5:05 am

    I’m honest: I don’t like the path I’m on and never have. The PROBLEM is that I don’t know what path I do want to be on.

    That’s a very big obstacle and the “find your bliss” and “what did you love to do when you were 5?” just doesn’t point to North.

    I’ve been seeking for the path for years and years and asking for help too.

    :-(

  • Yes, But Still... March 3, 2009, 5:59 am

    “Save money by getting free drinks and entry in almost all nightclubs that I visit.”

    What’s the secret?!

  • Rudolf March 3, 2009, 8:38 am

    Another cool article for morning inspiration, thanks Glen. I believe that your point number one “Be honest with yourself and with others” should be the first thing to think about if an individual starts on a path of personal development. This is the clarity of purpose that provides supporting pillar in hard times when we ask “why”.

  • Vincent March 3, 2009, 5:01 pm

    Hi Glenn,

    Working hard is needed to help us achieve results and working smart will ensure that we will be able to double the results and have things done in a lesser amount of time. This 2 factors are intertwined and being able to work hard and smart at the same time will ensure that we will receive some incredible results.

    Cheers
    Vincent
    Personal Development Blogger

  • Eric March 3, 2009, 11:46 pm

    I really like #4 too. I mean, all these are good. But #4 is, in my mind, most important. You have to have a mind of being open to possibilities. Everything is possible.

  • Meaghan March 7, 2009, 7:05 pm

    Thanks for the post! One thing in particular that struck me was waking up earlier. I have personally found that to be the most productive time in my day.