|A successful Bollywood star with a happy life: Akshay Kumar|
The success for aspiring Bollywood or International film star like you brings joy and happiness. Who doesn’t want more of that in their life!
Here are untold 20 small things you can adopt into your everyday life that will do just that…bring you success, a stardom, and joy!
1. Eat Breakfast
Make sure to eat a healthy breakfast ( sprouted beans, moong, chana, wheat bread, egg white, lassi or skimmed milk, green tea, and fruits) as it will help you concentrate and maintain your weight. Besides breakfast, be mindful of what you are putting in your body. You get out what you put in!
It’s amazing what happens when you smile. In today’s busy world, especially in our highly competitive film/TV industry, many of us walk around with our heads buried in our phones. Take a break from your busy day and smile, it will naturally put you in a good mood! Smile, even deliberately, till it becomes your habit. It's a tremendous tool to be welcomed by all casting directors, coordinators, producers, co-actors, crew members, roommates, girl or a boyfriend.
3. Be Present
Be mindful and remain focused on paying attention to the moment (wherever you are and whatever you are doing). Throughout the day, just stop what you are doing and realize what is going on around you. It’s so easy to fall back on our bad habits. If we can consciously take ourselves out of that state a few times a day, it makes a big difference!
4. Slow Down
We all have “so much” to do every day! The problem with being “busy” is we actually end up getting less done, and our work suffers. We like to “multi-task” which is actually counterproductive. Pick one thing at a time and do it mindfully. You will produce a better end result and experience less stress throughout the day.
5. Drink Water Liberally
The more water you drink, the cleaner your body and mind become. Start substituting water for what you normally drink. If you drink beverages like sprite, coke, or beer, stop! You will be amazed at how much better you will feel and think!
6. Take Frequent Breaks
No matter what your day calls for, make sure to take frequent breaks. A recent study shows that your brain works at a high level for about an hour and then slows for 15-20 minutes. So, work for an hour and take a 15-minute break. This will help your productivity and your peace of mind!
7. Don't Get Glued. Move around
When you do take those breaks, move! If you sit at a desk all day, make sure to schedule times to get up and walk around, or at least stand-up and stretch. It will help you stay energized throughout the day!
8. Just Write it Down
Writing your activities done and what to do next day on the day is a great way to remember things, follow and enforce goals you are trying to accomplish. Whether it is a pen and a pad of paper, or an app on your phone, get in the habit of writing things down. You will be amazed at how much more you remember, and how organized your life becomes.
Start listening to people. But, really really listen. Instead of thinking about what you’re going to say next to your scene partner while filming or in an audition, cut out the chatter in your head. Just be there and attentively listen to what the other person is saying.
You will be amazed at what you learn from what is being said, as well as who is saying it.
This habit of yours will make you even a better actor when you are in a scene with your co-actors, irrespective of a number of times you have read the script or rehearsed a scene.
10. Take Action
We say we are going to do this and do that, but rarely do this or that! Pick something each day that you want to accomplish, and do it! It’s amazing how good it feels to finally start doing things you’ve been wanting to accomplish, even if they are small ones.
11. Celebrate Small Wins
It can sometimes seem like we haven’t had a “win” in a long time (auditions par auditions, par chance nahin mil raha). This can be because we often work on large goals or projects. No importance to small achievements. If you don’t already, break down your larger goals and projects into smaller ones. Each time you finish your daily goal, feel good and enjoy your win. Small wins add up to big ones!
12. Not Work But "My Time"
You should be taking small “my times” during the course of your day. My Time can be anything you enjoy, and is something that takes you away from the clutter of work or information we are bombarded with. Taking me time lowers your stress levels, and allows you to live a longer and healthier life.
13 Be Positive
This is easier said than done. Beginning your day with a positive mindset is very important. After getting up in the morning, go to a mirror, see , smile and say 'I'm looking good', 'it's gonna to be a great day' and so on. During the course of a day, your mindset will be tested. If you can mindfully keep a positive mindset throughout your day, you will have a happier and more successful life.
14 Kick Out Worry/Anxiety
Stop worrying about what happened yesterday and what is going to happen tomorrow. Be present and think about today! There is nothing you can do about yesterday and tomorrow hasn’t happened. So, enjoy today!
Yes, if we stop breathing we die…everybody knows it. I’m talking about conscious (focused) breathing. If you start to feel anxiety or overwhelmed, stop and take a deep breath, hold and release slowly. At least 10 times! There is also a form of breathing called “box breathing” which helps you relax and strengthens your brain.
16. Listen To A Song
This is actually a relaxing body and mind exercise that is easy and fun. Be in your own space, relaxed, put your earbuds in and put on a random song. It works better with a song you don’t know very well. Sit or lay there for the 3-5 minutes (length of the song) with your eyes closed and just listen. Don’t think about anything but what the music brings. Listen to the different sounds and just observe the power of the music.
17. Kick Out Negativity
Don’t surround yourself with negative people! Or go to places where such people meet ( like near Andheri station0 where strugglers who are failing, who waste your time and demoralize you. Avoiding such people will have an immediate positive effect on you.
Just as smiling has a natural effect on your mood, so does laughing. As you avoid negative people, go towards funny ones. Watch a funny show or movie, anything that gets your mood elevated.
In Mumbai, luckily we have laughing groups or clubs where members meet early in the morning at a public garden and just laugh and laugh wildly with their raised hands. Join them. They would welcome you with their open hands
19. Plan Your Next Day
At the end of your day, sit down and write what you want to accomplish the next day. This transfers your thoughts of tomorrow and puts them down on paper. You will sleep better, as you won’t lie in bed worrying about what is going on tomorrow. When you wake up, all you have to do is look at what you have written down and follow the plan.
Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Actors are supposed to get 7.5 to 9 hours a night, and the average Indian gets 6.5. Start scheduling your sleep and start getting the correct amount. You will be amazed at how energetic, confident and positive life becomes when you get enough rest. It has an impact on your energy, mental capacity, mood, emotional intelligence, and overall short and long term health.
So, write down what you will be doing tomorrow, get a good nights sleep, wake up early, start adopting and practicing these little things into your day and begin to live a successful and happier life!