20 Action-Packed Steps to Dramatically Improve Your Life Starting Today

Life Can Be Difficult, Boring, or Just Not What We Envisioned for Ourselves

As we grow older, the harsh reality of life hits us in the face. Life can be a lot of things, and sometimes, it may not be what we envision for ourselves. We get stuck in a rut, a never-ending circle of bad habits, obligations, laziness, and fear of failure. We keep spinning our wheels in place, and there never seems to be enough time to do anything about it.

Starting to make a change is always the hardest, but once that initial spark of motivation is ignited, it can set you on the right path to self-improvement. And small steps can lead to big results.

Here are sixteen things you can do to help you get out of that rut and make a positive change in your life.

1. Do a quick warm-up and stretch for about 15 minutes in the morning or during the day

Starting your day with stretching or taking a break during the day to stretch can make you feel fresh and prevent minor aches and pains. It will also improve blood circulation, making you less likely to injure yourself during physical activities.

2. Start doing a fun form of cardio that lets you blow off steam

Cardiovascular exercise is great for the heart and can help you blow out all the pent-up adrenaline and anger you have. It could be running, sprinting, dancing, swimming, or punching a heavy bag. Doing this fun exercise 3-6 times a week should be enough.

3. Develop a healthy sleep pattern

Getting into a healthy sleep pattern would require setting a particular time when you want to go to bed and wake up, and ensuring the room is free of all noise and light. Having a short wind-down ritual like showering, brushing teeth, and turning off the lights can help you sleep better.

4. Cut down on sugary drinks and high-calorie foods with few micronutrients

Fast food consumption has to be minimized for the sake of your health and figure. If you can’t quit altogether, you can switch to diet soda or homemade juice, drink plain black coffee and water.

5. Start eating more fruit and vegetables

Taking plenty of vegetables with every meal and a few good servings of fruit each day will help your body feel fresh, focused and ready for anything. This can help you avoid catching most common pesky diseases or feeling sluggish.

6. Do intense strength training 2-4 times a week

Strength training can help you grow muscles and also strengthen bones and connective tissue, making you less injury-prone.

7. Try to be nice and polite to people throughout the day

Being polite and generally nice to other people would put you in a positive mindset and help you stay out of trouble. It could bring blessings your way and also earn you favors.

8. Work on controlling your anger and letting go of grudges

The ability to manage your anger and let go of grudges can help you stay out of fights and maintain relationships. Cool-down tactics like deep slow breathing could be applied as soon as you feel you’re getting angry.

9. Learn how to protect yourself and those you love

Knowing how to protect yourself and those around you will help you avoid getting assaulted and understand dangerous situations.

10. Devote an hour a day to reading books

Devoting an hour a day to reading books diversifies your interests and makes you more learned.

11. Dedicate some time to learning useful skills

Learning useful skills will make you more productive and efficient. By practicing them for 20-60 minutes daily, you’ll polish them and become a pro in no time.

12. Come up with a schedule

Making a schedule will help you balance your work and activities.

13. List the biggest problems you have and work on fixing them one by one

Make a list of the biggest problems in your life that you would like to solve and bad habits that you would like to change, and then direct most of your energy on one thing until you have solved it or at least made it a smaller problem.

14. Take 10-20 minutes to meditate each day

Meditation can help you control your emotions and reduce stress.

15. Name your biggest fears and insecurities and face them

Addressing your biggest fears can help you overcome your insecurities. Convince yourself that you are strong, charming and smart enough to overcome all of it.

16. Clean up your house

Cleaning up your house can help you clear your mind and improve your productivity.


Life can be difficult, boring, or just not what we envision for ourselves. However, taking small steps to improve our lives can lead to significant changes in the long run. The sixteen things listed above can help you get out of a rut, overcome bad habits, and work towards being the best version of yourself. Make that change today.

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