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7 Things To Tell Your Younger Self
I was going to write about the three things you might wish you had told your younger self but I just couldn’t whittle it down to only three, so here’s seven. Without a time machine you’re not going to be able to go back to tell your younger self these pointers but that doesn’t mean you can’t start from now. You may have younger family members, so why not have a think about the life lessons you wish you knew when you were their age and pass on that knowledge and guidance to them?
I’ve kept it as basic as possible so that hopefully the majority of people may find it useful. Let’s get into it.
1) Save Money & Don’t Waste MoneyWhen I look back at certain times in my life, I cringe at the money I’ve wasted even though I’m certainly not the worst out there. You haven’t always gotten the worth out of the things you’ve bought in the past. Just check your wardrobe, your attic, your spare room, your shed, your kitchen drawers or under your stairs if you don’t believe me.
It’s shocking to think that so many people have very little in the way of an emergency fund. Emergencies are always going to happen in life. Time will go by whether you save or not. If you regularly save a small amount, your future self will be delighted you did. Maybe some people think they won’t value a small amount of savings because they see themselves not needing it in the future. You’ll always make use of small money even if you do come across a windfall of cash. Stop spending on unnecessary shite and save what you can.
2) Read MoreThis is your constant and lifelong education. You might think you already read enough but you probably don’t. Yes, we’ll include audio books and podcasts too but only non-fiction stuff. Read everything on the subject matter that interests you and that can help you towards your goals. Reading may be an informal education but you have full control over the lessons and the material. Those who learn more, earn more and not just financial earnings. Knowledge = success. More knowledge = more success.
3) Write MoreYou definitely don’t write enough. Write lists, plans, thoughts, stories, poems, letters, emails, articles, diaries, movie scripts, books, and blogs. The process of writing is very educational and also very therapeutic. There’s a great sense of accomplishment with writing. There can be great nostalgia when reading pieces from your past and your work can also serve as a legacy for future generations. When you’re writing, you transition from being a consumer of material to being a producer of material.
4) Exercise MoreA sport or activity is great as you can lose weight, get fit and toned while participating in something that’s also developing your skills. Even though I’ve worked as a personal trainer, I find that gym training can be very hard to sustain over a long period of time because there can be too much of an emphasis on appearance. Training for appearance relies too much on ego as a driver and this decreases as you get older. It’s great if you can benefit from an improved appearance while taking part in an activity that you love and doesn’t feel like a chore. Exercises just for exercising’s sake will always be inferior to the mind-set of an athlete or performer.I’m not saying don’t go to or enjoy the gym. I am saying to use the gym along with a sport, activity or past time that you enjoy.
5) MeditateWhat if there was a way to increase your mental health, your confidence, your feeling of being in control, your problem solving, your emotional balance, your focus, your happiness, your relationships and your connectedness with yourself and the universe. Meditation can be as complicated or as simple as you like. Each person can find their own way to meditate as it can mean something different to each person. Find your own routine and the earlier you start, the sooner you’ll reap the benefits. I feel there are so many misconceptions regarding meditation. Essentially it’s taking a few minutes out to close your eyes, to breathe, to clear and relax your mind and then to direct your thoughts down whichever path you choose, while in an unemotional state. A daily ten minute routine is perfect and you’ll feel better after each session. Simples.
6) Study NutritionUnderstanding your body and the food that fuels you best is an individual and lifelong journey. Each decision at each meal adds up over the years for better or for worse. The sooner you start a healthy relationship with food, the sooner you will ensure your healthiest future self. Nutrition is such a large and changing subject that you should be prepared to study it your whole life.
7) Set GoalsDon’t ever be afraid to think big and to set out exactly what you really want to have or do. Clearly defined goals will help you attract the knowledge and people into your life that you need in order to achieve these goals. The worst thing that can happen is that you don’t achieve something but you’ll be a lot closer to that goal than if you hadn’t tried. The reason this is the last point is because with the correct goals, it actually motivates you to do all of the points above.
What things do you wish you could tell your younger self?
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Robert Devane is a serial entrepreneur and experienced investor as well as a former martial arts multiple World champion and professional MMA fighter with over 20 years of coaching experience.
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