36 ways to live differently

Chris Guillebeau, author of “Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days” shares a list of “36 Ways to Live Differently.” Here’s the link:

I like this list because it shows different ways we can change how we live our lives, doing things a little bit differently than what we’re doing in the present. Sometimes, I find it’s always good to change things up a little bit, since stepping out of your comfort zone leads to growth.

So, here’s are a few ways I will live differently:

  • (#9) Understand the principle of loss aversion: We tend to fear losses more than we desire gains. Keep it in mind when considering different options and risks. Sometimes the most dangerous thing you can do is play it safe.
  • (#14) Avoid activities you pursue entirely for the sake of status or prestige. This will be your downfall–or at least it will leave you feeling discouraged.
  • (#18) Comparison is the cornerstone of misery. To be less miserable, and maybe even happier, avoid comparing yourself to someone else.
  • (#23) There is almost always more than one way to accomplish something. Often the alternative options are easier, quicker, cheaper, or just better.
  • (#26) Try to build relationships on shared values more than shared beliefs. Are you in a bubble that consists only of people with the same political and social beliefs? Quick test: if you can’t think of many people close to you who disagree on serious issues, you’re in a bubble.
  • (#36) Kindness is vastly underrated. Everyone can be kind—it requires no special skill or training, yet has an immediate, positive impact. It is perhaps the ultimate life hack.

And of course, I live by:

  • (#17) Exercise isn’t always enjoyable, but feeling strong and healthy is. When you’re trying to decide if you should work out, think about how you’ll feel after it’s over. I put my running clothes out the night before I run. If I’m traveling, I unpack my shoes and put them by the door as soon as I check-in. Make it easy!
  • (#28) Successful people use systems, but the systems they use tend to vary. You don’t necessarily need to get up early, meditate for ten minutes a day, avoid checking email in the morning, or whatever else the productivity trend is. You do need to figure out how you do your best work, and then make any changes you can to support those conditions.

P.S. I’m always finding ways to update and optimize my systems! There’s ALWAYS room for improvement.

He ends with this tidbit:

“This is what it comes down to:

There is always something you can learn.
There is always something you can do.
There is always a way to be kind.

Learning makes you better, active choices help you live differently, and being kind can brighten someone’s day while helping you feel better at the same time. When in doubt, consider those three possibilities and decide what to do next.”

Here’s to living life differently!


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