There was a time not too long ago when I complained so much my entire family called me out. I had started to believe all the untrue stories my mind had created over the years. I was depressed, so much so, I refused to get out of bed for weeks sometimes and living a life that did not make me happy.
(FYI depression is real. I have experienced it personally and I’m not ashamed to call myself a depression survivor. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Mental health is extremely important.)
I went searching for answers — and turned it around.
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I learned powerful hacks used by extremely successful people, including Will Smith, Oprah, Jim Carrey, and Muhammad Ali.
About a year into the process, I dreamed of living a life with a better mindset and improved focus on my entire wellbeing. Today, I’m grateful to be living that dream. It never would have become a reality with my old mindset.
I learned many things while changing my attitude and mindset. But of all the things I tried, these two habits still stand out the most. They seem simple, but they’re powerful – AND THEY WORK!!!
1. The power of visualization
I have written an entire post on the power of visualization.
Actor Jim Carrey once wrote himself a check for $10 million dollars for “acting services rendered,” and dated it on Thanksgiving, three years in the future. He was broke at the time, trying to make it as an actor. Three days before the deadline, he signed a contract worth $10 million for his role in “Dumb and Dumber.”
Writing that check is an example of the power of visualization. It’s best summed up by Bob Proctor, who wrote in You Were Born Rich,
“If you can see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand.”
You can tap into this power very quickly with a vision board. It’s a fun and effective hack to kickstart success in your own life. You pin photos or other items on a cork board that represents your goals. You can add anything you desire. They can be things you want to own, a job you want to have, a higher salary, or places you want to travel.
When looking at your vision board, focus on the feeling you’ll have when you achieve your goal. Feel as if you already have it. That’s the key. I’m amazed how many things have come true in my life after visualizing them and tapping into the feeling of already having them.
It’s important to remember that this is your board – not the board you think you should have. Tap into your desires. Don’t judge them. Don’t limit yourself.
2. The gratitude journal
I have also written a post on Gratitude. In fact, two of them. The former, first one, back from February 2018, alone has received 100k views and has resonated quite well with everyone.
What’s funny is that when my family pointed out how much I was complaining, I wasn’t even grumbling about my personal or professional life. I was complaining about my favorite Anime Movie. But my brother noticed the bad habit — and challenged me to stop.
I went searching for answers, and I found Shawn Achor’s famous TED talk on happiness. I followed his advice and started keeping a gratitude journal. It quickly changed my mindset.
These hacks work.
They seem simple, but don’t underestimate the power of these tools. They are the reason I have so much to be grateful for. They are the reason I have accomplished virtually everything on my vision board and have transformed my life. They are used by some of the most successful people in the world. If it works for them, it’ll work for you.
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12 thoughts on “Practice These 2 Powerful Daily Habits To Stop Complaining About Your Life”
Great insight. and funnily enough.. Damn timely,
I was a bit curious about visualization. Is it the belief that backs the visualization that creates the difference or is it the mental image we form that makes it worthy enough to envision it?
I think you missed that in your post and would be glad to hear your take on that!
An open and honest post Aishwarya and congratulations on your recovery. My life changed when I purchased a t-shirt with the words: Like Me, Love Me, Spoil Me. It expressed a mindset that I knew I had to tap further into.
I had started to believe all the untrue stories my mind had created over the years.
Great piece. I look forward to reading more from you.
I am a depression survivor too and I think the key to overcome this is to talk about it to your loved ones , analyse and come to a solution !!
Woke up this morning and had a weepie. Depression is so real.
Loved this piece. I look forward to your posts.
I love these ideas! Thank you so much for sharing your personal journey!
Great post Aishwarya! Love reading your insight on overcoming the darkest parts of our minds. I really would love you check my post on overcoming negative thoughts and emotions.
Aishwarya, these are inspiring posts. I am just learning to overcome my fear of what others think, and to visualize positive situations and outcomes. Why are we so good at the negatives? Practice, probably. My mother used to say “Practice makes perfect”. Now at seventy plus I am with a man who is struggling to get me to wear colorful clothes instead of basic black, to be vital and animated, and to find more challenges and enjoyment in life. He is a gift, and yet I still have negative thoughts! Thanks for your warm and encouraging articles. Marvellous!!!
Very true! I began doing a daily gratitude type list about 3 years back, list something I’m grateful for every day. After awhile it became second nature and began to turn my attitude towards a much more positive one.