If your goal is to live a boring life and be like everyone else, you are probably well on your way. However, if your life goal is to make your own decisions and live on your own terms; look at what the masses are doing, then start doing the opposite. Changing your life isn’t difficult. These 25 straightforward ways to live differently are small changes that result in a big difference. Try giving them a shot.
Most people aim for what they think is attainable, but in reality, they are only giving in to limiting beliefs. It’s just as easy to think big as it is to think small; it only takes a small shift in your mindset. Besides, when you think small, you have to compete with everyone else who thinks that way. Think big, and you’ll be in a class of your own.
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Refuse planned obsolescence
Consumer electronics companies make it seem like they worked all fiscal year to come up with these brilliant innovations for the next product release. The truth is that it’s all a ploy to get you to wait in line for a few lousy gigabytes of memory. These companies purposely release new features very, very slowly.
Explore medical tourism
Guess what? The best doctors in the world are not necessarily in your country. I had $3,000 worth of simple dental work done for $400 in Costa Rica. My dentist spoke perfect English, studied under American professors, and used the same materials as my dentist in New York. Better yet, he gave me a free initial consultation and was open to negotiating on price.
Stop commuting 9 to 5
Don’t rely on doctors
Health professionals with PhDs are products of the machine — a reactionary health care system designed to make a profit. It’s not their fault — they were taught in school how to fix you once you’re already broken. True health means being proactive.
Don’t rely on the government
Want to take life into your own hands? Don’t leave it up to a bureaucracy. If you expect the government to take care of you, it’s simply not going to happen. If you want to live differently, remember that nobody will look out for your well-being like you will.
Stop eating food that’s killing you
It’s pretty plain and simple: We all know that the food we are eating will eventually kill us. Yet we all sneak french fries, sugars, excessive animal products, and anything with terrible chemicals in it. No, moderation won’t kill us, but why do we succumb to what the rest of the masses do?
Between society, your family, and your friends, everyone has their own agendas for what they want to see you do. We live in a world where we strive for others’ approval without truly asking ourselves what we want. “Live the dream” means your dream, not someone else’s.
Untrain your mind
Bigger isn’t better when it comes to material things. As Notorious B.I.G. said, “Mo’ money, mo’ problems.” Bigger salary, bigger house, bigger car: it’s more stuff occupying a BIG part of your life, and it’s probably financed by mo’ debt.
Stop paying for education
All the information we need to educate ourselves is out there. Matt Damon said it best in Good Will Hunting: “In 50 years, you’re gonna start doing some thinking on your own, and you’re gonna come up with the fact…you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on an education you could’ve gotten for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library.”