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Kate Simpson is a professional writer and editor. She works for Assignment Masters where she is a specialist content creator for creative projects and also manages an editing team.

7 Ways to Brighten Your Horizon Forever

  1. Read Books that Make you think Outside the Box!

Brighten your horizon by realizing that everyone is your teacher. Gradually, you’ll gravitate to books – reading them will shape and mould your character brick by brick. Over time, they’ll help carve out a masterpiece of an inner canvas, making you consider possibilities you would have never otherwise considered.

One idea has the potential to change your life forever if you act on it.“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Sometimes, the most profound insights you have in your life will come through reading one sentence, one quote, in one book.

  1. Invest BIG in Yourself

Countless people similar to you have made mistakes and often pass on their decades of experience — so that you don’t have to learn things the hard way. Warren Buffett, the world renowned and famous investor, once said “It’s good to learn from your mistakes. But it’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes.”

Whether it’s through an online course, seminar, or a three-day event (related to skills you’re passionate about improving) — you’ll usually come back with an upgraded toolkit. Having the willingness to let go of your ego, by investing in yourself, will cut your learning curve and allow you to get the skills that some people have taken YEARS to learn.

Just because you’ve finished your degree doesn’t mean your life education is over. In fact, it’s always just getting started. Remember: if you don’t invest in yourself, then who will?

  1. Reflect on your Direction Regularly!

You only ever have so much energy to give, and every once in awhile; you need to make a pit stop. That can take the form of a public blog, a written journal, or simply a conversation with a friend to reflect on your year so far.

Reflecting on your journey, is one of the most important things you can do for your direction and self-awareness in the long term. The active recovery will give you the clarity needed to act on hard truths — so that you can make wise improvements in both your personal and professional life.

  1. Save BIG Money Every Month

If you don’t have money under control, you don’t live free. If you don’t save money every month, you’re not preparing for the future. Making a saving plan doesn’t have to be complicated. You just need to calculate how much you automatically spend every month, and then create a comfortable monthly standing order for an amount that you can easily commit to.

Brian Tracy, one of the most prominent self-improvement gurus, in his book, the 21 Secrets of Millionaires, wrote: “if you don’t save money, the seeds of greatness aren’t within you. By saving for the future, you show that you understand that a little money saved each month, will end up going a long way towards your freedom. And freedom is something you value tremendously.

  1. Mostly Eat Healthy Food!

Anyone can eat a couple of fruits and vegetables per day. Anyone can eat one protein-rich meal per day. Anyone can skip the soda and make sure they drink enough water. Eating healthy is not a pursuit of perfection, it’s just about feeding your body more of what it needs, and less of what it doesn’t.

Companies are spending billions of dollars on marketing processed foods so you can’t be too harsh on yourself if you eat unhealthy on occasion. Yes, you’ve probably grown to love cookies, ice cream, and the like — but by feeding your body more nutritious foods most of the time, you’ll disable part of the lure processed foods have over you.

  1. Exercise Regularly!

Exercise isn’t just about improving your physique or your health; it’s about improving your mentality and physiology. Similarly to fine-tuning a car, your body needs the right intervention to operate at its best! You only ever end up getting one body in your lifetime, so you do what you can to take care of it! Whether you go to the gym three times per week, jog once a week, play sports with your friends — you were built to move!

Having an xercisee ritual is a gateway into a higher state of energy and focus. And with that state, you can experience more rewarding days = a more rewarding life.If you’re exercising in some form regularly (even if it’s just taking a long walk), then you’re leveraging all the areas of your life closer to their full potential!

  1. Be Mindful of your Media Consumption!

One of the easiest ways to relax and stimulate yourself after a long day at work is to turn on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or whatever’s trending now. With a flick of your fingers, you can get access to a whole variety of entertainment. The average person in America consumes an average of five hours of Television per day! Zig Ziglar, in his book, How to Stay Motivated, mentions that the average Chairman of a board only consumes four to eight hours of television per week.

Be the chairman of your life — by being mindful of the quality and quantity of information you allow to flow into your consciousness. You decide whether you want to experience the better part of the thrills you seek, through a screen, or your life…

With time and application, these seven different components of your life will start clicking into place, as they continually serve to brighten your horizon!

This article was originally from PicktheBrain.com

What Kind of Procrastinator Are You?

 

We are all different, and it is unfair to label people as one type of procrastinator or another, and yet, some of the labels seem oddly fitting. Here are a series of personality types that are slightly more prone to procrastination. Read to find out if you see elements of yourself in these descriptions.

 

You Are a Dreamer That Wants to Work, But Won’t

 

These are the types of people that always believe it will be better tomorrow. They see a glowing future where everything is going to turn out alright. They seem to be positive and driven, but they are actually dreamers. They have lulled themselves into a false sense of security. It gets to the point where they may see their world crashing down around them and yet do not act with enough vigor to help themselves.

 

Solution – Make plans. Make lots of them, and update them daily. It is often a culture shock to see how far you are away from your happy and perfect future.

 

Procrastination Due to Being Unaware You Are Tired

 

Apart from the lazy procrastinator (covered later in this article); the most common procrastinator is one that is tired. The spirit is often willing, but they just don’t get things done. Tasks are put off for no good reason, and current tasks seem to take a very long time. Not getting enough sleep is so common that many people brag about it, yet it is viciously destructive, especially to a person’s productivity and state of mind.

 

Solution – Sleep more. Even if you think you have gas left in your tank, you need to sleep more. Get to bed at the same time every night and have eight hours sleep.

 

The Perfectionist That Has Trouble Starting

 

There are some people that simply will not complete tasks because they are too worried about getting it done to perfection, yet they are unaware that they are perfectionists (because things never seem perfect to them–get it?) Even gamers will avoid starting a new level if there are too many things to collect, or because they know they have to do it perfectly in order to get all the power ups or special items. They are similar to over-doers (mentioned later), except that the amount of work doesn’t matter to this person, it is how well the work is done.

 

Solution – Change the way you approach things. Sure, you may be a perfectionist, but work differently. Do a quick rush job and then smooth out the rough edges rather than trying to maintain perfection as you work.

 

A Pressure Sensitive Procrastinator That Makes a Crisis

 

There are some people that work well under pressure, and some that become incredibly stressed. The worst part is that the longer they procrastinate, the more they stress about it, until it becomes a full-blown crisis in their mind.

 

Solution – Set arbitrary deadlines that are 25% sooner than the actual deadline, and stick to them, and you will be fine.

 

A Typically Lazy Person

 

Here is the most common procrastinator, the lazy person. Here is a person that thinks a task is not worth his or her time. People will live in abject poverty and will still not get up and do tasks that need to be done because they think they deserve better, they think other people should do the work, and it is more fun to sit and complain than it is to do the work. Do not pity these people–ignore them because they will bring you down.

 

Solution – Take a hard look at yourself because you are in denial.

 

Procrastination Due to Too Much Investment – The Over Doer

 

Some people invest so much effort into their tasks, even menial tasks, that they create insurmountable jobs where a regular or half-assed effort would have sufficed. They do not just vacuum the living room floor, they move the sofa around, get behind the electronics and do the skirting boards.

 

Solution – Start tasks as soon as you wake up. Over doers are miracle workers, just make sure you get an early start so that you have more time to work.

 

The Distraction Junkie

 

This is becoming more of a problem these days, but since the world economy hasn’t collapsed yet, we have to assume that this problem is manageable. A distraction junkie cannot work without music on or the TV on. They feel uncomfortable working without some sort of sound or distraction. They are viciously unproductive and procrastinate quite a bit (usually by accident because they are distracted), and yet most will claim they work better with music or the TV on. Most will simply accept a less productive standard so they may keep their music or TV on while they work.

 

Solution – Learn to love silence. Get out of the habit of having constant audio and visual stimulation. Learn to be at peace on your own. Experience the joy of silence and the bliss of solitude. Try not to fall asleep.