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But taking a clear look at your own life is difficult. It requires emotional intelligence and a clear awareness of your feelings. It’s all about matching up your life now with what you wanted it to be 10 or 20 years ago, and seeing if it measures up.

Taking a clear look at your own life is difficult. It requires emotional intelligence and a clear awareness of your feelings

That’s not the be all and end all, though. Ten years ago, I know I had nothing valid to say about anything, and didn’t know where I wanted to be. So it’s all about just getting the right grasp of things, and really seeing if you’re where you want to be, objectively speaking. It’s about knowing yourself, and evaluating a situation.

You want to be considering career, relationships, family, everything. In order to get to a point where you can do a clear self-evaluation, you need to meditate. Meditation, at its absolute core, simply means thinking, without focus. That’s the crux of clarity, which is hard to achieve in our distracted modern lives.

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Meditation can be the key to really evaluating your life and achievements. You don’t have to become a monk either.If you just spend 10 minutes every day, perhaps you can experience greater clarity, feel happier, lighter and more focused.

Happiness is becoming realistic but not humdrum, and motivated, but not obsessed. It’s about balance.

Once you achieve some level of clarity, you can set about pruning and changing the things in your life that are potentially making you unhappy. Toxic relationships need to be minimised and kept an eye on. Dead end or wrong turn career choices need to be re-evaluated or amended. You need to look at what’s bringing you down.

Bring in some positive habits, to help you maintain a driven, happy and clear mind-set. You’ve already got meditation, but what about taking up a sport? Going to the gym can feel a little dry and pointless at times, but sports get the heart pumping, and improve your fitness. Pick up a new book, learn a language, or learn a martial art. Expand your mind, skillset and abilities, and venture beyond your comfort zone, because it’s true; the instant we stop growing and learning, we start shrinking and forgetting.

Here’s a little check list:

 

Remember, none of that is really that hard to do. Lots of little changes, and little decisions can result in a big difference. Don’t forget to give yourself a break sometimes too.

Some Tricks and Tips

Getting the ball rolling is always going to be the best way forward. That means making use of every resource around you. Which brings me on to technology.

We’re living in a golden age of interconnectedness, and free information. There are tons of great iOS and Android apps out there to monitor, maintain and improve happiness, fitness, whatever goal. One worth checking out is analyze.life. It’s packed with handy features.

There’s a lot more out there too, so just keep your eyes peeled for how things can help you hit your goals, however unlikely the source.