Tuesday Tips: 12 Ways to Lighten Up

Art by Kelly Cree

Tuesday Tips is a weekly collection of ways to embrace the power of thought. Just the simple act of seeing life from a new perspective gives your mind new pathways for creation. The following suggestions can help you accomplish more with less work, think with less pain, feel with more purpose, and be at more peace.

Doing

1. Set up passive income streams.
When you forget about them, they'll start making money. Some that have paid out big for me are digital downloads (which are easy to fulfill with EasyKiss), donations, Clips4Sale, affiliate products like Bluehost, Amazon Associates affiliate links, advertising on video sites like Blip, and publishing on Lulu.

2. Don't fight.
It's like putting a dent in a car. You can try to get the dent out, but you'll always know it's there.

3. Do it for fun, not to get it done!
If it isn't fun to begin with, make it fun. If you can't make it fun, don't do it.

Thinking

4. Know your upper limits so you can move past them.
In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks tells us that there are four hidden barriers to greater success. They are: feeling fundamentally flawed, feeling disloyal and subsequently abandoned, fearing more success will bring more burden, and fear of outshining others. Any of these sound familiar? Then this book will really help.

5. Write a list of things that define you.
Then add to it all the things that you WANT to define you. Mix them in. Print it out. Bask in your greatness.

6. Remember how much you've already achieved.
Aurora has an awesome idea: when life gets you down, ask yourself, “Would twelve-year-old me think my life is awesome?” The answer’s generally yes.

Feeling

7. Laugh off your "flaws".
Also in The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks writes, "If you're willing to adopt a playful attitude toward yourself and your shortcomings, you can make extraordinarily rapid progress." The less serious you are about the things you don't like about yourself, the faster they go away.

8. If you're missing someone, pay more attention to yourself.
In the School of Life Design group, Katharine asks how to avoid feeling depressed when she misses her boyfriend.

9. If you think too much and can't seem to stop, start training yourself into new thoughts.
When you're hit with a mysterious depression, remember that you thought your way into that feeling, and you can think yourself out of it. More advice on dealing with depression in the group.

Being

10. See everything in your life as a reflection of you.
If there is something you don't like, it's something you don't like about yourself. If someone says hurtful things to you, you have been thinking hurtful thoughts about yourself. It's scary to take responsibility for your reality, but much easier to navigate if you understand you are creating everything you experience.

11. When good things happen, say thank you and let them pass.
Just like negative experiences, there's no need to dwell on the positive either. Because if you're outside of the Now, thinking about the past, you're blocking the things that want to get to you right Now. Allow the abundance to keep flowing.

12. Believe you're in the right place at the right time.
The best advice on Twitter this week comes from Mia Astral: "You may not see it, but life gives you what you need exactly when you need it. Pushing for more, pushes away. Stay out of your way."