Do you live your life by chance or by choice? To live a conscious life, you need to start making conscious choices and decisions. Otherwise, it’ll always feel like stuff just happens to you.
When you don’t live life consciously, you are like a ship without a rudder. You just drift wherever the wind takes you. Then one day, you wake up and wonder how you got there, and realize how far you’ve gone off course.
In this post, are tips to start living consciously, so that you can have the life you want.
Stop Making Knee-Jerk Decisions
As you know, knee-jerk decisions are those you make without thinking things through carefully. These kinds of decisions are made under emotional circumstances and can take you off course easily, if you don’t learn how to rein in your emotions.
To live consciously, you need to stop making quick decisions where you have not considered all the possibilites and consequences. Instead, you need to learn to make thoughtful decisions where you weigh the pros and cons.
Set Goals & Review Them Regularly
When you have goals, you know what you are trying to achieve.
Use the acronym S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-oriented) when creating your goals. Always write these goals down on paper. When you create your goals, schedule a time to review them and check your progress.
Some of your short-term goals may be able to be reviewed within a week. Other goals may need to be reviewed in six months or a year down the road. The key is always to focus on the goals, and know what you are working to achieve.
Stop Making Excuses
You may have heard the saying by Bil Keane, Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, which is why we call it the present.
There is no time like today to make changes that can steer you in the direction you want to go. You can only do this when you stop telling yourself that things never work out for you, or that you don’t deserve a better life.
Stop just getting by, and make a conscious effort to create change in your life.
Keep Track of your Use of Time
Social media has made it so easy to waste precious time. Think of it. You are going online to check one thing, and before you know it, thirty minutes have passed. That’s time you’ll never get back. That’s also thirty minutes that you could’ve been doing something more meaningful – time speaking with your children or spouse about their day, time having a relaxing bath, or spending time enjoying the outdoors.
Start by keeping a daily journal of how you use your time. You’ll be amazed at what you learn about your use of time, and where you can make changes and improvements for the future.
Pay attention to how you spend your money
Start by considering how much money you make for one day of work. Then the next time that you are out shopping, and feel compelled to buy something, give some thought to how much you had to work to earn that money.
Is it something that you still want to buy, after giving thought to this? Or would you prefer to put that money to something else, such as paying off debt, or saving up to buy your dream house?