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25 Incredible Pieces Of Advice I Wish I Could Give My Younger Self

I’ve always been a dreamer but with no idea how to make my dreams come true. Even worse, I didn’t think I had to make things happen. I thought things would work themselves out or magically fall in my lap.

Maybe this was a result of growing up watching too much TV, but over the years I’ve learned what it takes to make dreams a reality, and it’s not fairy dust.

“Insight without action is worthless.” ― Marie Forleo

1. Stop hoping for things to happen. It’s great to learn, but if you’re not going to take action no amount of knowledge is going to make a difference.

2. Learn to say no. Your time is precious so stop saying yes to things you don’t want to do or to people you don’t want to be around.

3. Don’t follow the crowd. The crowd isn’t going to take you where you want to be unless it’s the line up at Costco.

4. Make a difference. Volunteer more in the community and get involved in causes you care about. Helping others will feed your soul.

5. It’s not going to get any easier. Things are only going to get busier, and you’ll have to learn how to juggle work, kids and so much more. So realize how easy you have it and take advantage of it.

6. Stop sleeping in. Having a strong morning routine that involves meditation, reading and exercise is going to get you much further in life than the snooze button.

7. Read everything you can get your hands on. A few books a year isn’t cutting it. Most CEO’s read four to five books a month. You love reading so do more of it.

8. Get out of your comfort zone. You’re shy and self-conscious, but do something that scares you. It’s the only thing that will build your confidence and courage.

9. Let go of those behaviours, beliefs, and habits that aren’t serving you anymore. Once you get rid of the negativity, amazing things will flow into your life.

10. Stop caring what people think. No matter how hard you try, you’ll never be able to please everyone so put your attention on what matters and let go of what doesn’t.

11. Be successful at what you love. Success is great but being successful going for your dream and doing what you love is the best thing ever.

“The road to someday leads to a town called nowhere.” ― Tony Robbins  Tweet This!

25 Incredible Pieces Of Advice I Wish I Could Give My Younger Self - Simply Be Mama12. Stop putting things off. Commit to what you want and start going for it, one small step at a time. Aim for progress and not perfection.

13. Start loving yourself. You are enough. Know that and carry that simple truth with you wherever you go and whatever you do.

14. Believe in yourself. The world is going to tell you everything you should and shouldn’t be. Choose to believe in yourself, your talents and your abilities instead.

15. Celebrate your uniqueness. Own your differences and embrace what makes you special.

16. Learn from obstacles. You will fall and sometimes fall hard but learn to get up fast.

17. Dream big. We only have one chance at life so give it all you got. Chase after your wildest dreams. And hold a big enough vision so when the road gets tough you’ll have the grit to keep going.  Tweet This!

18. Walk away from drama and stop letting it eat you up inside. It’s toxic on every level.

19.  Stop making excuses. You don’t know where to start, it’s too hard, and you’re too tired. Call these what they are ― excuses and realize that you’re better than that.

20. Speak up. It’s tough but learn to say what you feel with kindness and love.

21. Trust yourself. You know what’s best for you, not anyone else. Trust your inner guidance.

22. Be grateful. We all have something incredible buried deep within us. Be grateful for all of your gifts and use them to do good in the world.

23. Watch less TV. The Young and the Restless isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s still on now. So you’re not missing anything by watching less. There are so many other things you need to be doing. Turn the TV off and hid the remote or maybe get rid of it all together.

24. Be kinder to yourself. You’re not perfect but that’s okay.  Embrace being authentic and real. People will respect you for it, and you’ll respect yourself too.

25. Enjoy today. The days keep flying by so stop to bask in the sunshine, help someone in need and truly enjoy the beauty of every day.

“The trouble is, you think you have time.” ― Buddha

You have the chance now to take the reins and live life to the fullest. So smarten up sweetheart and use your new found knowledge to live your best life.

What advice do you wish you could give your younger self?

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  • Reply April Jouas March 23, 2018 at 8:59 am

    I agree with pretty much all of these! Oh if I could turn back time and change a few things. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply Simply Be Mama March 23, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I’m with you, I would love the chance to change a few things but at least we have the power to do things differently now.

  • Reply daniellewahlstrom March 23, 2018 at 9:30 am

    A lot of these really hit home to me. I have recently started reading more, even though my time is limited now. I also am teaching myself to stop caring so much what others think of me. Who cares anyway? So many great tips here. Wish I read this in my 20’s. xo http://www.theheartofdani.com

    • Reply Simply Be Mama March 23, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      Thank you so much! I’ve also started reading more than I ever used to even though things are a lot busier now.

  • Reply 2piggiesnava March 23, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Great list! I totally agree with all!

  • Reply Kay Majidi March 23, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Love this list! I say pretty much all of these on a weekly basis. I live my life pretty closely to what this list outlines, but I’m just trying to get other people to do the same.

    • Reply Simply Be Mama March 23, 2018 at 1:45 pm

      Thank you! Yes, the hard part is often bringing people over to your way of thinking.

  • Reply Nino March 23, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    I can’t not sleep in hihiihi @www.RainyDaySunnyPlay.com

    • Reply Simply Be Mama March 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      I love my sleep too so I try to get to bed earlier now than I used to.

  • Reply justbusylovinglife March 23, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    I can relate so much to all of these! If only we could know then what we know now. Oh well, enjoy the journey!

    • Reply Simply Be Mama March 27, 2018 at 10:20 am

      Yes, exactly! It would be wonderful to learn this sooner but you’re right it’s all about the journey. And it’s never too late to make positive changes 🙂

  • Reply itisreal777 March 27, 2018 at 6:51 am

    This was a very interesting and thought provoking read. My advice would be: Don’t be too quick to
    accept “No” as an answer.

  • Reply Kim April 14, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    So many good points on this list

    • Reply Simply Be Mama April 14, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply nikkig916 April 14, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Although I loved all of these. Number 4 is my absolute favorite. We just started getting involved (my kids and I) and it really does warm the soul. Giving back really helps grow our little’s future person.

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