31 Ways to Move From Surviving to Thriving

31 Ways to Move From Surviving to Thriving


Panache Desai, Contributor


Nov. 4, 2016, 02:41 PM EDT | Updated Dec. 6, 2017

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If you were a plant, would you be growing, flourishing, and resilient in a drought or a flood?

Or would you wither and barely get by when nature's circumstances stray from the ideal?

This is the difference between thriving and surviving. Of course, humans are far more complex than plants, but it's true that two humans in the same circumstances can have two very different ways of being in the world.

To thrive is a choice. It's an attitude, and your ability to thrive in the world is deeply connected to the actions you take on a daily basis and the belief structures you embrace.

Training your mind, body, and spirit to grow and flourish doesn't need to be complicated. Here are 31 simple practices to move from surviving to thriving.


1. Take time in the morning to find your center and set intentions for the day

Make inner stillness and connection your sanctuary and set the scene for how you want your day to unfold.

2. Consistently let go of expectations

If the expectations placed upon you by society, family, friends, peers, colleagues, or even yourself, aren't in alignment with the energy you wish to embody, let them go.

3. Listen intently without judgment

The mind loves to analyze and judge. Take a breath, take a step back, allow your consciousness to listen fully and release the inclination to jump into judgment.

4. Enjoy nature

The trees, birds, bees, rushing water, and desert sand have so much to teach. Be with them and tune into the energy of simply being.


5. Eat nourishing whole foods

Your body will thrive on foods which come from the Earth instead of a factory.

6. Get up and dance when you feel too serious

Movement releases stagnation. Where else would the phrase 'shake it off' come from? When the worries of the world weigh you down, play your favorite song, get up and let the lightness of your being shine through.

7. Unplug your devices and relish in the stillness

The average digital consumer has around 4 devices. These devices too often serve as distractions. Tune them out so that you can tune into the sweet stillness of the Divine within you.

8. Be mindful of complaining too much

Focus more on what you love and admire and less on what you loathe. You'll be amazed how this alone attracts more love and abundance in your life.

9. Detox from TV

Too much television can be a vortex of mental confusion. It's easy to lose hours staring at the bright array of characters, stories, alluring advertisements, and fear-based news reports. Take back your time and do something that helps you grow.

10. Show your appreciation for the people who support you

Appreciation energetically uplifts those who love you. Take the time to send a thoughtful note of appreciation to someone today.


11. Do something you've never done before

The world has so much to offer you. Never stop exploring the endless opportunities for expansion available to you.

12. Get lost in a storybook

An enchanting story has the power to expand your horizons and give your creativity and imagination the chance to guide you to a magical place.

13. Spend time with family

Life can be busy but set the intention to spend quality time with your soul family as much as possible.

14. Practice radical gratitude

Good things come to people who are grateful. Even when it's difficult, there's always something to be grateful for.

15. Write in a journal for 5 minutes a day

Pouring your emotions onto paper releases them in a way that can be difficult with words. Write your heart out for 5 minutes a day and witness how your energy shifts afterward.


16. Set goals and take daily action to make them happen

The thing about goals is that it's the small actions you take which add up to accomplishing whatever you set out to do. Break your goals down into daily bite-sized chunks and you will succeed.

17. Formulate a personal mantra

You know yourself better than anyone, and you have it in you to LOVE yourself better than anyone. Wherever you need support, create a personal mantra which affirms your true nature. I am powerful. I am light. I am love. I am worthy. Choose a mantra that resonates and repeat your loving affirmation often.

18. Learn something you assumed to be difficult

Maybe you've always wanted to cook a whole chicken, or knit a cool scarf, or build a sturdy table, but you thought it was too difficult. Push your boundaries of comfort and give trying something challenging an honest go.

19. Put yourself in someone else's shoes

Really trying to feel what another person in your life is dealing with builds empathy and connection.

20. Plant something

Witnessing a seed transform is an inspirational and empowering action.

21. Compliment a stranger

A stranger is just a friend you've yet to meet. When a compliment comes from a genuine place within, it has the power to uplift whoever receives it.


22. Embrace alone time

Get to know and love yourself, and no matter, what you'll always have a friend.

23. Sleep in

Give yourself permission to get some extra sleep when you need it, even if the house is messy and your to-do list is long.

24. Don't assume

Assumptions cause suffering and they're rooted in ego, not truth. Let them go and find freedom in releasing the burden of assuming.

25. Remind yourself that you are light

You are a luminous being and your light is contagious, let it shine forth.

26. Transform your to-do list

Instead of doing what's easy, do the things you least want to do first. You'll feel more accomplished and move through your list with ease.

27. Choose love over fear

In each moment, be mindful and ask yourself if you're coming from a place of fear or love. Bring awareness to the different sensations and outcomes of each energy. The choice from there is obvious. Love always wins.

28. Seek out the good in the situation

It's easy to focus on the negative, but do your best to find the good in each person, place, and situation you encounter.


29. Laugh as much as possible

Laughter is medicine for the soul. Find every opportunity you can to bring more lightness into your life and others and laugh without inhibition.

30. Find your purpose

If you haven't already, seek out that which you're truly passionate about. Set the intention every single day to recognize your purpose.

31. Pay it forward

Do kind things for others without expecting recognition. Buy the next person in line a coffee. Let someone in during rush hour. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen. Share what you can from your heart and you will thrive.