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50 things to stop doing forever in order to shift your life up to a more profound level of

happiness.
1. Struggling. I dont resist or fight against life or even bad events. I go with the flow and make the best
choices I can in the moment.
2. Doing things because I should. I am not motivated by guilt but by my own adult decisions about
what is best for me.
3. Delaying solving a problem. I face the situation squarely and handle it as quickly as possible so it
doesnt cause me anxiety.
4. Tolerating crap from other people. I no longer hang around with people who diminish me, drain
my energy, or treat me poorly.
5. Creating or tolerating drama in my life. Even though it can bring attention and a weird sort of
excitement, I know that drama creates negative energy.
6. Setting goals that I should achieve. I set goals that I want to achieve.
7. Trying to change people, especially my spouse or partner. I accept people exactly as they are or I get
out. (This doesnt mean you cant ask for something you need from the relationship.)
8. Putting other peoples needs before my own. I recognize that unless my cup is mostly full, I
cant be available to lovingly give to others.
9. Creating mindless tasks. Life is too precious and beautiful to whittle it away on empty tasks just to
feel like you are accomplishing something.
10. Putting work, money, projects, or television before those I love. Relationships are the
most important thing in my life, and I act like it.
11. Spending money to fill a void. I seek to find the cause of my emptiness. I dont try to buy my way
out of it.
12. Beating a dead horse. If I see something isnt working, I recognize it and move on.
13. Driving aggressively. I dont need to express my power or my urgency through my car. I dont
tailgate, cut people off, or run yellow lights.

14. Gossiping. I recognize that gossip is my attempt at having power over others, and I release my need for
that.
15. Trying to prove myself. I just am myself and live according to my own values and personal
operating system.
16. Owning other peoples problems. I will support, listen, and love, but I no longer manage or
invest myself in other peoples difficulties.
17. Manipulating people. I dont have to go in the back door to get what I need. I ask directly.
18. Defining myself by my achievements or roles. I define myself by the actions and choices I
make in every moment.
19. Dwelling on the past. I consciously live in the moment and focus my awareness on what is
happening right now.
20. Reacting before thinking. I may not be able to control my feelings in every situation, but I can
control my behavior.
21. Pretending Im too old or its too late. I recognize this as an excuse for not trying.
22. Saying yes when I mean no. I am becoming a master at saying no even when I know it might upset
someone.
23. Compromising my values. I know what my values are, and I completely orient my life around
them.
24. Over-promising. I promise only 50% of what I can deliver, leaving myself space for change.
25. Allowing other people to waste my time. I take the necessary steps to educate or avoid them.
26. Accepting anxiety, depression or ill-health. I do everything in my power to restore my mental
and physical health because I know good health is the foundation for a happy life.
27. Filling all of my time. I leave some time during the day completely open to just do nothing.
28. Focusing on the future. Its great to have goals, but I enjoy the process as much as the outcome.
29. Believing Im right. I recognize that their are many ways to perceive things and more than one way
to handle situations.

30. Ignoring my intuition. I trust my instincts and listen to my own wisdom.


31. Accepting limitations. I assume I can accomplish or achieve something until it is absolutely proven I
cannot.
32. Isolating myself. I know that it takes effort to expand my network of friends, and I see the value in
that.
33. Fighting what comes naturally. I no longer try to force my life to be a square peg in a round hole.
I go with the flow and strengthen my strengths.
34. Accepting boredom. I either find the beauty in the moment or I take action to create energy and
enthusiasm.
35. Feeling guilty. I right any wrongs, I ask for forgiveness, I restore my integrity. Then I let it go.
36. Juggling. I dont fill my plate so full that my life is out of balance.
37. Stuffing my feelings. I express myself fully, ask for what I need, and seek help to resolve pain
feelings I cant handle alone.
38. Behaving childishly. I dont have to whine or have a tantrum to get what I need.
39. Having a chip on my shoulder. I have a lighthearted approach to life and dont get my feelings
hurt easily.
40. Controlling people or situations. I accept what is rather than what I think should be.
41. Waiting for other people to decide. I have the self-confidence to initiate.
42. Living beyond my means. I know that debt is an enormous energy drain and reclaiming that
energy is far more important than material things.
43. Eating for emotional comfort. I recognize this when it happens and deal with the issue directly.
44. Taking other people for granted. I regularly express my love and appreciation to those close to
me.
45. Fighting. I simply dont fight with anyone any more. I calmly walk away from arguments until I can
resolve conflict peacefully.

46. Over-thinking. I spend a reasonable amount of time contemplating a problem or decision. Then I get
out of my head and take action.
47. Living below my standards. I am clear on my standards, and I live up to them.
48. Stagnating. I continue to actively grow and learn.
49. Seeking to fill my ego before my soul. I can distinguish between the two and place my priority
squarely on soul-fulfilling actions and choices.
50. Assuming Im not creative. Life itself is a creative act, and every day I can create myself just the
way I want to be.