7 Ultimate Ways to Get High on Life

  • Do something that scares you.
  • Tackle a long held obstacle.
  • Balance your budget.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Meditate.
  • Count your blessings.
  • Give back.

These 7 things are not the only ways to get high on life, as I am sure you can think of other ideas that will get you ultimate results. However, I bet if you implemented some of these ideas, you might find your life changing for the better.

Heck, you might find that you encourage someone to turn their life around, if they find inspiration in your courage to act on these ideas.


1. Do something that scares you.

FEAR is the mind killer... (See F. Herbert’s Dune for the rest of this awesome line…) False Evidence Appearing Real, as a popular acronym likes to break down this word, really does imprison the mind and cause action to grind to a halt. Why is that?

Take a chance and do something that scares you. Ask that person out on a date. Submit that application to a job or potential client. Write that story or song you have been talking about for the longest. In most cases, the only thing you are scared of is rejection.

Unless what you fear can be fatal, you are letting the word “NO” get in your way. The faster you can bounce back from rejection and keep going, the faster you will get stronger, better, and more specific about understanding and achieving your goals.


2. Tackle a long held obstacle.

We love to think on the negative about things, perhaps because of our “lizard brain.” However, just because we can think of a million and one reasons to justify procrastinating on something, or explaining away why something is impossible, doesn’t necessarily make it so.

Break up that large obstacle that you make into this overwhelming overpowering thing, which limits your ability to think quickly, take decisive action, and make results happen for yourself today.

No one says things will always be easy, but taking the time to make small steps to achieve a larger goal, via compounded time and energy will transform your believed impossibility into a POSSIBILITY.

You need to value your time, have patience, and be selective with the number of priorities you give yourself every day.


3.Balance your budget.

Before you start moaning and groaning about time and money… What else do you deal with most of the time in your life, but time and money? You currently need money to pay your bills, enjoy vacations, and pay for your needs and your wants. You spend a lot of your time working, searching for work, or wishing and hoping that one day you will win the lottery.

You are much better off if you take the time to really look at your income versus your outcome. You will feel like you have a little more control of your life, if you consider how, where, when, and why you spend your money as you do.

Perhaps you just need to make some lifestyle changes, like eating more at home, brewing your own tea or coffee, and foregoing buying brand name things all the time, especially cleaning products.


Remember, money is the slave in the house of the wise, and the master in the house of a fool.


4. Exercise regularly.

Sitting down and watching TV, or staring at the phone or internet all day can take years off your life. Get out and get some fresh air. Taking as little as 5 to 15 minutes to just walk around the block, walk to run an errand, or do some push-ups can make incremental differences in how we feel.

Exercise keeps you more mentally sharp, strengthens muscles and the core, and helps you work off anxiety, stress, or anger. Building up a sweat is a great way to lose weight or keep weight in check.

No one says you have to become a gym rat or a body builder, but just try for at least 2 to 3 days out of the week to do something.

We were not giving the ability to be mobile, just to be a couch potato all the time. Get moving. Seriously.


5. Meditate.

Meditation is not just the realm of health gurus, yogis, or new age metaphysical lovers. You don’t have to follow some mystical religion to meditate. All you need is the will, the desire, and 5 minutes of time tops.

The goal of this list is about finding things you can start today easily, with a minimal amount of effort.

You don’t need to overwhelm yourself to try and take on the world, or else. Easy does it. Small steps. Okay?

So, next time you get some time alone in the bathroom, in your room, at your desk – a place you won’t be disturbed for a little…close your eyes and focus on one positive thought. Focus on your breath and try not to focus on the thoughts that enter your mind. Say a mantra silently in your head.

Choose to embrace yourself, since many people can handle a little bit of silence and their own thoughts without running screaming in terror. Stop the dependency on distractions being around you all the time, and get to enjoy being with yourself. You aren’t that bad of a person, really.

Your sense of well-being, improved focus, and lowered stress levels are some of the benefits you can gain with regular meditation. Really. It works.


6. Count your blessings.

Some may find me morose, because I like goth aesthetics and am drawn to death-related imagery and writing. However, because I am reminded that this life is temporary, I am forced to focus on the good.

The ability to have mobility, to eat, to have clean water, my family, a place to lay my head at night, books to read, etc. The simple things stand out as more important than materialism (for me).

When you think about what you have, you will feel better. Stop looking at people living fabulous extravagant lives online and focus on YOU.

What are you doing with your life? What would you do if this was your last day on earth? Check out that quote by the late Steve Jobs.

Gratitude for the things that you currently have in your life, many of them temporary, are keeping you in the state you are in right now. No, it is not future things, or past things… so live in the present.


7. Give back.

There is more strength and power to be gained in giving back to others and your community. No matter how self-made we may be, it is because of the opportunities, knowledge, and help of others that we achieve.

Give to those in need. Share your experience, your wisdom, and your advice. Help build the next generation. Give your time and efforts to create positive growth and development in another person or area.

Give back, because someone gave to you when you needed it most.

These 7 ultimate ideas are far from the only ways to get high on life, but no matter if you choose to execute one or all 7, you are sure to go far!


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Grit N Vinegar is the home of emerging writer, Alex Smith. Focusing on short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, Alex has been published in Sick Lit Magazine and often seeks out new places to submit her writing. Find me @gritNvinegar on Twitter!

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