1. Realize it’s just a game
Bill Hicks, one of the greatest comedians of all time, said, “Life is just a ride” meaning that “reality” as we know it is not as real or tangible as our minds believe it to be. I mean, think about it, everything, including matter, is merely energetic strings vibrating at different frequencies to make up this “physical” reality we perceive.
Hicks also said that, “Matter is energy condensed to a slow vibration.” Seeing as matter is energy (E=mc²) this one is not hard to figure out. Basically what I’m getting at is that life is a ride, or a game, however you want to look at it, and we need to stop taking ourselves so seriously. Loosen up and enjoy life a little bit. You’ll be glad you did.
2. Learn to speed read
Since you’re taking the time to read this I’m going to assume that you read on a daily basis. Regardless of whether you do or not, increasing your reading speed is a very useful tool, because when you do read it will cut back your time dramatically, which will free up your time for other things.
If you’re interested in this check out this blog post, How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes, which I can honestly say works at least two thirds as well as it claims. It doubled my reading speed in about 20 minutes (right around 23 minutes) but I’m guessing that as I continue to use the techniques my words per minute count will continue to rise.
I realize how much I mention meditation on my blog a lot, which is the only reason this isn’t higher on the list, but I cannot stress enough how important it is, but don’t take my word for it. Once they start meditating, many people notice a difference within a couple of weeks, that is, once they’ve found one that is effective for them.
The thing about meditation is that there is no one-size-fits-all technique. This I also cannot stress enough. I used to think that transcendental meditation was the only technique worth while, and although I still use it everyday, exploring other methods has increased the effectiveness of my meditation exponentially.
4. Drink more purified water
Your body is 75% water, and if that is not enough to convince you of your body’s need for constant replenishment of the number one molecule in your entire body, perhaps this article is: 34 Proven Ways Water May Make Your Awesome. My favorite one is number 6: it can improve your mood.
That’s right everything down to what you drink and eat can affect your state of mind. Which leads me to why it must be purified water: the flouride they add to the water supply, at least here in America, is very harmful to your body and your mind.
5. Count chemicals, not calories
Chemicals of all kinds are found not only in our water, but in our food (processed, genetically modified, and pesticide covered) and even in our toothpaste, soap, deodorant, anything that goes in or on our bodies, and they are causing things like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and many more.
Not to mention when you are eating things that don’t contain artificial ingredients it takes far less calorie counting to lose weight. Don’t get me wrong, it often makes counting calories more difficult, because adding flavor means adding more ingredients, which means more number crunching, but the benefits are endless.
6. Move your body
If you’ve read my ebook Holistic Health in the Modern Age you know how important staying active is, but for those who haven’t, if you are constantly sitting or standing, for a job or in front of the television for example, you are literally killing yourself slowly, so get up off the couch and move around!
Now, of course I’m being overdramatic and we’re all killing ourselves slowly in one way or another, i.e. smoking or maintaining high stress levels, what have you, but if you live a sedentary life chances are you are not only taking years off of your physical existence, but your state of mind is also suffering as well.
7. Learn NLP
Neuro linguistic programming, or NLP, recognizes the connections between neurological processes, language, and behavioral patterns learned through experience. Put simply, by changing the physiology of your nervous system, your thinking and speech patterns, any behavior you wish to change about yourself becomes possible.
This is far from the only utilization of NLP, however. Other uses include: building rapport with people, motivating or influencing them to do things they normally wouldn’t on their own, such as in marketing or recruiting. Essentially NLP is about changing the body’s automatic responses to stimuli and replacing them with new ones.
8. Find your passion
If you don’t know your purpose yet, you’ve got to find out why you are here to win the game of life! As Tony Robbins would say, if you don’t know your outcome, how can you accomplish it? If you don’t know your destination, how can you get there?
Finding what really drives you in career or business, emotionally, in your relationships, all areas of life, is crucial to being happy, which, let’s face it, that’s all there really is to winning this game we all play whether we want to admit it or not. Think about it, if you’re not happy, is anything else even worth it?
9. Feed your dreams, starve your fears
Once you know your purpose in life, you can begin to dream again, like you did when you were a child. If your purpose is to make people happy, then find whatever it is you do best that accomplishes that dream, and make sure you are having fun while you are doing it.
Pay attention to what makes you feel good when you think about it, like starting your own business or taking up painting, whatever makes you happy, and stop worrying to much about what could go wrong, what might or might not happen. Instead focus on the things that make you get up in the morning.
10. Count your blessings
You have so much more to be thankful for than you realize. If you aren’t too terribly cold, wet, or hungry, as the saying goes, you are more blessed than over 80% of the population who live off of less than $10 per day. This should be staggering but it should also invoke gratitude for the life you were given.
If you are reading this, chances are you do not fall into that 80% and if that is true, then you have more to be thankful for than you may ever know. Count your blessings and winning at the game of life becomes a piece of cake. Personally I notice a vast difference in all aspects of my life based on how much gratitude I express daily.
I hope this post was truly insightful and inspiring. If so, feel free to comment, like, and share below. For more tips on how to win the game of life, check out my ebook Holistic Health in the Modern Age, and learn how to make healthier decisions to live a happier, more fulfilling life.