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  • In life, the smallest actions can sometimes have the biggest results and

  • that's why in this video we are going to explore five simple habits

  • that can completely change your life for the better in just a few minutes a day.

  • Number one is doing the scary thing socially; this transformed my life.

  • You see, I was extremely shy up until I was about 20 years old and I only broke out of it

  • when I started asking myself, "What am I afraid of doing right now?"

  • At first, it was little things like saying one extra sentence to a cashier

  • to make that interaction more human then it was asking a stranger for directions

  • maybe a recommendation of where to eat in a new area of town.

  • And eventually the scary thing was sharing everything that I've learned here on YouTube.

  • And terrifying as the judgement was, it turned out to be one of the best things I ever did.

  • So wherever you are, from super shy to incredibly confident, lean into your personal social fears.

  • You're gonna see a massive gain in your self-esteem and you'll probably attract amazing new people into your life.

  • The second life changing habit is defining your ideal before you get realistic.

  • Many of us do the opposite here; we start with what we think is realistic

  • and then we pick the best option from there so if you ask an unhappy accountant

  • what kind of job they'd like they sometimes talk about moving to a different firm

  • but they often don't even think of changing career paths entirely.

  • Unfortunately, the obvious and realistic answers usually leave us feeling uninspired.

  • Instead, get yourself motivated by letting your mind run wild and honing in on your true ideal outcome.

  • Now, to do that, you can ask questions like — "What would I do with my life

  • if I had 100 million dollars in the bank after all the partying and traveling?"

  • Or, "What would I do in this situation if I wasn't afraid of rejection?"

  • The answers that you get might sound crazy at first

  • but it's these kinds of questions that are going to put you on a path

  • to doing something that you truly love and not just something that you can tolerate.

  • Third is the most valuable habit that I've picked up in the last year and that is meditation.

  • Now, there are tons of scientifically-backed benefitsmore rational decision-making,

  • lowered risk of heart disease, up to a 50% reduction in the stress hormone, cortisol

  • but despite all of that, it was just too boring for me to get into it first.

  • Luckily, I committed to doing it for two weeks and finally saw some real-life improvements.

  • Now when I feel myself starting to get upset or frustrated,

  • I can catch myself and correct course more easily.

  • I feel more alert, more positive, and less judgmental of other people.

  • And now, instead of feeling like I should meditate, I genuinely feel like I want to.

  • Now, I know that it can be tough to get started with so I've actually partnered

  • with a really helpful guided meditation app that I've been using called Simple Habit.

  • I'm gonna share my favorite tracks to listen to plus how you can get started for free

  • at the end of this video but for now, let's get to the fourth habit

  • which is cutting out the little white lies that seem like no big deal.

  • Now, if you're a fan of this channel you've heard me say this before but it's so important and it bears repeating.

  • When you tell a lie, that's like paying with the credit card.

  • It makes things easier in the moment but you have a debt to pay;

  • you've created a rift between yourself and reality and that comes at a cost.

  • Now, sometimes you pay the price when you're discovered and the trust in your relationship is damaged.

  • Other times, you're never actually busted you just lose respect for yourself

  • because you know that you're not a person who values their word.

  • In order to change your life here, stop going deeper into lie debt; correct yourself when

  • you've let a fib slip out and don't act in a way that you know isn't honest.

  • Even though this makes things uncomfortable in the moment, it's absolutely worth it for

  • your mental health and for building a strong foundation of trust into all of your relationships.

  • The last habit is to stop listening to music that makes you feel like you're missing something.

  • We often don't realize it but music is basically hypnosis.

  • The lyrics influence our beliefs and the composition affects our mood.

  • So if you constantly listen to love songs that say having a partner is the most important

  • thing in life, you might begin to feel down if you're single and you might even find yourself

  • desperate to be in any relationship instead of just enjoying life as it comes.

  • In fact, a study out of Western Australia concluded that even though people expect sad songs

  • will make them feel better they often serve to further reinforce our depressed moods.

  • Imagine if instead you listen to music that reminded you that you are not missing anything,

  • music that puts a smile on your face, and makes you a person that others

  • naturally want to be around, you don't have to cut sad songs out completely,

  • just make sure the ones that you listen to on repeat are supportive of your happiness.

  • And you give the test of right now by seeing how many of your top songs

  • make you feel good versus badbonus points for starting your happy playlist

  • when you wake up in the morning and start brushing your teeth.

  • So I hope that you found these five habits very helpfulp; I know they've made a huge impact on my life.

  • And I particularly think that meditation deserves a bit more of an explanation

  • so I'm going to share a bit more now about how I have gotten the most out of it

  • courtesy of our sponsor, Simple Habit.

  • Alright, meditation. Now, this is something we know that we probably should be doing

  • because if you're like me you've read articles and how good it is for your mind and body

  • and you maybe tried to do it before but because it's boring or you can't find time,

  • you haven't stuck with it.

  • Now, I'm going to be sharing my entire system for what I have found works for me

  • to create genuine benefit and not that much time in an entire separate video.

  • But for now, I want to talk about one part of that system which is the guided meditations

  • that I have been using via today's sponsor, Simple Habit.

  • So Simple Habit is an app and it's got all different kinds of meditations

  • and the ones that I've focused on that have been most impactful on me

  • are meditations to create more positivity, joy, and gratitude.

  • These are the emotions that I want in my life.

  • I want to laugh more and I want to feel grateful for the things that I have

  • but it's very easy as an entrepreneur or someone with a YouTube channel

  • or whatever it is with your life because we all do this to focus on the next thing

  • "What is the problem today? What do we need to fix and solve? What isn't going right?"

  • that's how we advance.

  • Unfortunately, we oftentimes don't feel really good about all that we have already done

  • and it leaves us achieving so much but feeling very much emptiness about it

  • and an inability to enjoy it for more than just a few moments or a few hours.

  • And so these meditations are kind of like training for your brain to focus on

  • what is already good and they make you feel excellent and that translates to

  • going out in the world being more charismatic and just generally feeling happier.

  • So what I've been doing are meditations that are seven days, thirty days,

  • are focused on joy, focused on gratitude... and you can get this stuff for free

  • using our code below which is www.simplehabit.com/charisma.

  • There's tons of free meditations in Simple Habit, you get a free week trial

  • of their Premium Subscription if you use that link and that means you can go through

  • the entire 7-day joy meditation and see if you like it,

  • check out some of the other meditations, see if you noticed

  • tangible changes in your life which I believe that you will, and if you do, it's only

  • $11.99 a month after that to stay which for me has been absolutely worth it.

  • So if you're interested in cultivating more gratitude, more positivity,

  • and more joy in your life, my recommendation is use the free week trial.

  • You have nothing to lose; if you don't like it,

  • you can stick with the free version and just use those free meditations.

  • Go ahead click the link below www.simplehabit.com/charisma

  • and you can get started today; it's like 5 to 10 minutes in the morning and it's had a huge impact on my life.

  • I'm looking forward to sharing more with you about what I've been doing with meditation

  • in another video but for now, I hope that you enjoyed this video.

  • Thank you so much to Zeino for the excellent animation and

  • I will see you guys in the next video.

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    April Lu   posted on 2018/09/17
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