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More Insist On …

This is the second part in a two post series! In part one, there are 10 awesome things that you must always insist on in life. Catch up here if you missed the post. Let’s roll the next ten!

11. Insist on … Being Open To Change

Things change every day. Being open to these changes can help you better handle things that may come your way. It’s also great to embrace creativity. Find creative ways to handle situations and solve problems. No need to be stuck in the old way of things when you can find new ways to make things work that might even work better.

12. Insist on … Paying It Forward

There are lots of people less fortunate than you and you have the power to make their day a little brighter. Give back to the community or perform small acts of kindness to make a big difference. You’ll feel good and so will the people you help.

13. Insist on … Staying Honest

Honesty is the best policy, always. Easy? No, not all the time. There are times when it’s really hard. However, lies do more damage than good. They can (and will) ruin relationships and even cause inner turmoil that can bring you down.

14. Insist on … Being Dedicated

There are plenty of “shortcut” schemes out there today, for anything from making money to losing weight. Often these shortcuts aren’t always as they seem and don’t work out as you would have hoped. However, remaining dedicated to whatever goal you are working towards will pay off. Don’t let people sway you over to the easy side, if it’s worth having, it’s worth working for. Take those baby steps to make small changes. Over time, those small changes all add up to big changes.

15. Insist on … Being Thankful For What you Have

They say the grass is always greener on the other side. Instead of being focused about what you don’t have, be thankful for what you do. There will always be more in life, something that you want and don’t have, but be thankful for what you do have. Take a look at your life and be happy with it, be proud of where you came from and where you are now. Now would be a great time to start that Gratitude journal to document just how good your life really is.

16. Insist on … Listening to Your Heart (and Gut)

There are situations in life that are more reliant on your heart and gut instincts, than your head. Follow your heart wherever it leads you. Trust your instincts. Don’t let others sway you in to overthinking things, just do what you know is right in your heart.

17. Insist on … Making Time for Yourself

Life is hectic. Don’t let that be the reason you never took time for yourself. Don’t let work and your priorities to other people get in the way of taking care of you. As KISS rocks out, “You’ve got to treat yourself like Number One.. Do you need to be reminded?!” It’ll be worth it to make sure you don’t get worn down and in the dumps.

18. Insist on … Being Kind

There are so many people being bullied and not enough people showing them kindness. A little bit of kindness can go a long way in making someone’s day brighter. Not to mention it will keep your grounded and you will feel good for making someone else smile.

19. Insist on … Living for the Now

We all get caught up in the plans we have for the future, always thinking ahead. It happens, but we should be living in the moment. Life is full of small important moments mixed in with some big ones. Don’t let the little things pass you by, be happy in the now. Tomorrow can wait, think about today.

20. Insist on … Making Time for Pleasurable Activities

Bom-chicka-bow-wow .. no, so much. As I said earlier, it’s easy to get caught up in everything else and forget about yourself. It’s important enough to mention twice. Even if your little pleasure for the day is watching your favorite TV show with a bowl of ice cream, grabbing the Kindle for nice read or going for kayak ride … make time for it. You don’t need to be fancy, but you do need to be happy.

At the end of the day, you, and only you, can chart the course of your destiny. Make sure that you insist on taking care of yourself wholly and take one more step closer to being the best you that you can be.