Personal Kaizen 10 Rules for Life: Rule 4

Live in the moment with a positive mindset

The Personal Kaizen team is sharing our 10 Rules for Life. Please watch all of our videos beginning with Rule 1.

RULE 4: Live in the moment with a positive mindset.

One thing we can all control is our attitude. One of my rules for life is to be optimistic and positive rather than pessimistic and negative. Being mindful and thinking positively will increase your happiness and also improve your relationships with others. Here are three ways to grow in this area:

Associate with good people.

We tend to become most like the people we spend time with. Motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said, “You’re the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.”

Make sure these people are living their best life and helping you to lead yours.

Be appreciative of what you have.

No matter what your situation in life is, you have things to be grateful for. A great way to live in the moment and develop a more positive mindset is by keeping a gratitude journal.

Every evening before you go to bed record one or two things that you are grateful for. This could be people you appreciate, outcomes, or positive feelings from the day. This reflection might be hard at first, but over time you will get in the habit of identifying the moments that you will record later while they are happening. This realization helps you better appreciate the moment and lean into it.

Learn to meditate.

To live in the moment, you need to stop mourning for the past and worrying about the future. Developing a simple meditation routine can help teach your mind to stay calm. I have personally had some success with meditation but have struggled to make it a part of my regular routine.

We recommend experimenting with different types of meditations. I am currently trying a new hack – meditating when in bed. Either I’ll experience deep meditation or fall asleep. That is a win either way!

Suggested Action: Write down three things you are grateful for and put this on your pillow (or create a reminder that you can read before bed). Reflect on these three things as you fall asleep.

Please let us know what you think about this rule for life. Rule 5 is next week and we are sure you will love it!

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