Brig Sushil Bhasin | 9 Daily Rituals that can turn your life around
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9 Daily Rituals that can turn your life around

9 Daily Rituals that can turn your life around

In my workshops I have often asked my
participants of what is that they want as their highest goal. And all
discussions usually end up in one final word “happiness.” We all want to be
happy. We want success, money, fame – all to be happy. What is happiness? I learned this from a person I have very high
regards for. Dr Yuvraj Kapadia. I loved his definition of happiness. 
He said, “I am happy when I can do what I want to do, where I want to do, how
I want to do, when I want to do and people around me are happy about it.  These last few words in italics are the key
words.
I realized that in order to be happy there is
no short cut to self-discipline. You can design your own life your way, but
there has to be ‘a way’ which you are welcome to define, create or formulate.
Its your life, design it your way. It cannot be ‘no way’ or ‘any way,’ That
does not work. With that in mind, here are nine suggested rituals that can formulate
your daily routine that will create a ‘method in the madness’ and help you get
closer to the state of happiness.
1. Set your routine. Wake up early or
work late night and get up late. Whatever works for you. But following a set routine helps. Do weigh
the advantages of both before you make up your mind. I have been a late night bird. But Tony Robbins made me change my mind. I
recommend you watch this video.  Another one is the 5 am Club by Robin Sharma. Before you make up your mind and decide to challenge your
love for the bed do consider the advantages of getting up after a nice sound
sleep and using the hour of power to start your day.
2. Wake up with a smile. When
you are in the process of opening your eyes put a nice smile on your face and think
of all the good you are expecting to happen this day. And then tell yourself,
hey, Hurray, today is a great day and I am going to make it happen.
3. Its time to plan and prioritize. You look at the day with lots of work to do.
You may end up doing less important tasks at the cost of some important ones. I
normally work out a plan the day prior but early morning may just be the best time to
review your plans. Make a To Do List, A Not Do List and a To achieve list.
Do it religiously, and follow it. It will reduce your stress level drastically and make your life happy.
4. Do 5 good acts a day.
Be good to people around you. Gift them a
smile or a little help when you feel someone needs it. “How I can I help you?”
is a wonderful gift. You can set a goal of saying this in your environment
atleast 5 times a day and then when it becomes a habit, increase it.
5.Get these three harmful things out of your
life.
The most negative things we normally indulge in are Gossip,
Blame and criticise. Get rid of them. They are big time wasters and affect your
reputation in society. Talking ill of the government, criticising the way the country is
going leads us nowhere. Work on constructive ideas and avoid destructive and
damaging ones.
6. Give high priority to your health
Living a hygienic and healthy life is
important. Regular meals, small and frequent meals of healthy food make our
lives richer. There is no harm in having a burger or a pizza or an ice cream,
but moderation is the key. Learn to enjoy what you eat and spend time on it.
7. Worry leads you nowhere
The big enemy of happiness is worry. And worry never solved a
problem. Work on things within your control rather than outside of it.
8. Identify distractions and avoid them
There are little distractions that are like pot holes on the
road. They hinder a smooth ride. We have distractions in life , whether they
are weird thoughts, or our mobile phones or social media. Set a time for them
and let them not come in your way to happiness.
9. Don’t forget gratitude.
At the end of a wonderful day remember to
thank everyone who helped you in any way, big or small. It is a great gesture
and gives you inner happiness

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