Air Conditioner Maintenance: 8 Tips You Can Do Yourself

Air Conditioner Maintenance – 8 Tips You Can Do Yourself

Do you know how to maintain your air conditioner? Did you even know you were supposed to? The good news is air conditioner maintenance is super easy and in this video we’ll tell you the 8 Air Conditioner Maintenance tips you can do on your own to help keep your air conditioner running as smooth as possible all summer long. It’s just super bright out here, Come on… It’s OK, I live here. Just like rotating the tires and changing the oil in your car, air conditioner maintenance will help prolong the life of your air conditioner, help it run more efficiently and cool your home better. You know In real estate they say the most important thing is location, location, location…well, when it comes to your air conditioner the most important thing is air flow, air flow, air flow.

And that’s why 3 of our air conditioner maintenance tips are related around air flow. We’ve broken your system down into 3 major parts. The outdoor unit, the indoor unit, and the thermostat. I’ve got a list of helpful maintenance tips for all 3…I just have to find my list first. Oh, Thanks. Unless you plan on using your “bear” hands, here’s a list of tools you’ll need Garden Hose New Filter Level Thermometer Raincoat (Optional) Rope Swing (Optional) OK, Let’s head to the outdoor unit. Your system pulls air in through the coils, and blows it out the top. And if your coils are blocked it can severely decrease the efficiency of your unit.

There’s a couple things you can do. The first thing you should do is cut power to the unit, the preferred method is to flip off the breaker. If you don’t have a breaker, pull the disconnect. Next you want to clear the debris away from the unit. Two feet around is a good rule of thumb to make sure the leaves, debris and grass clippings are away from the unit. If you have bushes or shrubs you want to trim those back as well.

Take your garden hose and rinse off the coils. Reach what you can with the garden hose and spray from the inside out. Let the water flow down the coils for a while, until it looks like you’ve gotten all the dirt off. Then spray off the debris you see on the outside. The fins on the unit are very fragile, be careful that you don’t bend them over. See if the unit looks level, if it’s too far off center you may want to have a professional level it up. Check the electrical connections – make sure that there’s no exposed wires. Check the insulation around the lineset to make sure it’s still good. Now reconnect the power, careful when you slide the disconnect back into place, you shouldn’t have to force it. Now let’s go to the indoor unit, where your filters are. Start by cutting the power. Check the filters to make sure you can still see light through it.

When replacing the filter, be sure to pay attention to the direction that the air is flowing. Make sure that the arrow on the filter lines up with the direction that the air flows through your unit. Replace filters as often as needed, this can be different for each home. So be sure to check it at least once a month. If you have a humidifier, remember to turn it off in the summer. Pour some water down the drain line to make sure that it’s not clogged. Some people add a little bleach to the water to clean the line.

Ok, now we’re at the thermostat. Really the only thing you need to do to check and make sure it working properly is verify the temperature on the display matches the temperature in the room. An easy way to do that is to just get a visual read thermometer and make sure they match. As long as you’re within 3 degrees or so, you’ll be fine. These Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips that we’ve shared with you are things that anyone can do on their own. But manufacturers actually recommend that you take it one step further. In the owner’s manual it actually says that you should have your system inspected regularly by a properly trained technician. So, as part of your Air Conditioner’s Maintenance, once a year, you should have a Certified HVAC technician come out and tune-up and inspect your unit. They’ll have the specialty tools and gauges to go more indepth.

They’ll check voltages, check the capacitor, see if there’s any obvious concerns, check the refrigerant levels, those hard to reach components and more. They should review their findings with you and answer any questions that you have. If you have a friend or neighbor that works on Air Conditioners, you might be able to get them to do this for you but if you don’t know anyone…in your local market you should be able to find a certified HVAC Contractor to come to your home and perform this annual service.

If you’re in the Utah market, give Any Hour Services a call. They’ll send a certified HVAC technician to your home to perform a 23 point Air Conditioner Tune-Up. Call 801-503-0130 If you’ve found this air conditioner maintenance video helpful and entertaining, give us a thumbs up. If there’s other stuff you want to know about how your electrical, plumbing, heating or air conditioning system works in your home, leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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Edmonton Real Estate listing/Holyrood/e4169433-9236-75-street-edmonton-ab-t6c-2h4/

9236 75 Street, Holyrood, Edmonton, T6C 2H4 (2)

 

Edmonton Real Estate listing/Holyrood/e4169433-9236-75-street-edmonton-ab-t6c-2h4/

 

RENOVATED with TWO KITCHENS, FIVE BATHROOMS, SEPARATE ENTRANCE and an ATTACHED GARAGE. – There are so many reasons to take a look at this gorgeous five bedroom bungalow. As an investor the second kitchen and separate entrance make sense, as a private buyer the renovations, extra space, massive yard and deck also make sense. Located a short distance from the new LRT and Bonnydoon Mall and a short drive from down town make this home a smart choice either way. The home offers over 2,000 sqft of living space and the renovations are excellent. Start with the new landscaping, a freshly poured driveway and walk ways and the renovated exterior that’s been insulated and finished with expensive acrylic stucco. Inside there’s new paint, flooring, trim and doors….for starters! So here’s a modernized home in a mature community that is highly sought after and that is close to down town, and comes with a front drive and attached garage. That’s a lot of good reasons to check out this gem in Hollyrood! Welcome home

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

  • MLS® #E4169433
  • Price$389,900
  • Bedrooms5
  • Bedrooms Above Grade3
  • Bathrooms2.00
  • Full Baths2
  • Has EnsuiteN
  • Square Footage1,236
  • Acres0.15
  • Year Built1957
  • Property TypeSingle Family
  • Building TypeResidential Detached Single Family
  • StyleBungalow

INTERIOR

  • FlooringCarpet, Ceramic Tile, Vinyl Plank
  • Goods IncludedHood Fan, Refrigerators-Two, Washers-Two, Dryer-Two, Stoves-Two
  • HeatingForced Air-1
  • Has BasementYes
  • BasementFull, Fully Finished
  • # of Stories2

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

  • Address9236 75 Street
  • AreaEdmonton
  • CommunityHolyrood
  • CityEdmonton
  • CountyALBERTA
  • ProvinceAB
  • Postal CodeT6C 2H4

EXTERIOR

  • ExteriorBrick, Acrylic Stucco
  • RoofAsphalt Shingles
  • ConstructionWood Frame
  • FoundationConcrete

AMENITIES

  • FeaturesDeck
  • Exterior FeaturesBack Lane, Fenced, Landscaped, Playground Nearby, Public Transportation, Shopping Nearby
  • ParkingSingle Garage Attached
  • # Garage Parking Spaces1

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Lot ShapeRectangular
  • Front ExposureEast

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Edmonton Real Estate listing/Aldergrove/e4168917-8527-189-street-nw-edmonton-ab-t5t-4y4/

Edmonton Real Estate - 8527 189 Street Nw, Aldergrove, Edmonton, T5T 4Y4

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Edmonton Real Estate – 8527 189 Street Nw, Aldergrove, Edmonton, T5T 4Y4

 

Welcome to this amazing family home in Aldergrove, close to WEM, Primrose Park, w/easy access to Anthony Henday, Whitemud & Schools. Pride of ownership is apparent, with many upgrades like New High Efficiency Central Air Conditioning (2019), New Furnace, Crank Style Windows, Hot Water Tank, Flooring throughout (all within last 2 years) & more! Main floor features good sized living room, formal dining room, along with a sunken family room with a wood burning fireplace. Large capacity, front loading washer/dryer adds to the functional design on the main floor.Fully upgraded kitchen includes Stainless Steel Appliances, New Granite Countertops (2019) & plenty of cabinet space. Upper level has 4pc bath, 3 large bedrooms w/huge closets including a master suite with a walk-in closet & 3pc ensuite. Fully finished basement includes the 4th bedrooom, 3pc bathroom, & living space which is perfect for downtime r entertaining. Attached double car garage & good sized backyard with a huge wood deck, make it a must see!

Essential Information

  • MLS® #E4168917
  • Price$419,000
  • Bedrooms4
  • Bedrooms Above Grade3
  • Bathrooms4.00
  • Full Baths3
  • Half Baths1
  • Has EnsuiteY
  • Square Footage1,672
  • Acres0.10
  • Year Built1984
  • Property TypeSingle Family
  • Building TypeResidential Detached Single Family
  • Style2 Storey

Interior

  • FlooringLaminate Flooring, Vinyl Plank
  • Goods IncludedDryer, Garage Opener, Refrigerator, Stove-Electric, Washer, Oven-Built-In, Vacuum Systems, Air Conditioning-Central, Dishwasher-Built-In, Hood Fan
  • HeatingForced Air-1
  • Has BasementYes
  • BasementFully Finished, Full
  • FireplaceYes
  • FireplacesWood, Brick Facing
  • # of Stories3

Community Information

  • Address8527 189 Street Nw
  • AreaEdmonton
  • CommunityAldergrove
  • CityEdmonton
  • CountyALBERTA
  • ProvinceAB
  • Postal CodeT5T 4Y4

Exterior

  • ExteriorVinyl
  • RoofAsphalt Shingles
  • ConstructionWood Frame
  • FoundationConcrete

Amenities

  • FeaturesDetectors Smoke, Air Conditioner, Hot Water Natural Gas, Laundry-Same Floor
  • Exterior FeaturesPlayground Nearby, Public Transportation, Shopping Nearby, Back Lane, Fenced, Landscaped, Schools
  • ParkingDouble Garage Attached
  • # Garage Parking Spaces2

School Information

  • ElementaryAldergrove School
  • MiddleWestlawn
  • HighJasper Place

Additional Information

  • Lot ShapeRectangular
  • Front ExposureWest

 

Real Estate listing-Edmonton-Orchards-At-Ellerslie-e4168916-5644-crabapple-way-edmonton-ab-t6x-1p1/

Edmonton Real Estate - 5644 Crabapple Way, Orchards At Ellerslie, Edmonton, T6X 1P1

Edmonton Real Estate – 5644 Crabapple Way, Orchards At Ellerslie, Edmonton, T6X 1P1

 

Located in the desirable community of Orchards. Well-designed half duplex with single car garage Attached! This beautiful home has 4-split style with open concept on the main floor with hardwood flooring. It has 3 bedrooms and a bonus room upstairs. Mins walk to K-9 public school and play ground. Fully landscaped and fenced back yard. Easy access to Highway 2 and Anthony Henday. Must see!

Essential Information

  • MLS® #E4168916
  • Price$368,000
  • Bedrooms3
  • Bedrooms Above Grade3
  • Bathrooms3.00
  • Full Baths2
  • Half Baths1
  • Has EnsuiteY
  • Square Footage1,581
  • Acres0.00
  • Year Built2014
  • Property TypeSingle Family
  • Building TypeHalf Duplex
  • Style2 Storey Split

Interior

  • FlooringCarpet, Ceramic Tile, Hardwood
  • Goods IncludedDishwasher-Built-In, Dryer, Garage Control, Garage Opener, Refrigerator, Stove-Electric, Washer
  • HeatingForced Air-1
  • Has BasementYes
  • BasementFull, Unfinished
  • # of Stories2

Community Information

  • Address5644 Crabapple Way
  • AreaEdmonton
  • CommunityOrchards At Ellerslie
  • CityEdmonton
  • CountyALBERTA
  • ProvinceAB
  • Postal CodeT6X 1P1

Exterior

  • ExteriorVinyl
  • RoofAsphalt Shingles
  • ConstructionWood Frame
  • FoundationConcrete

Amenities

  • FeaturesDeck, Hot Water Natural Gas, No Smoking Home
  • Exterior FeaturesFenced, Golf Nearby, Landscaped, Public Transportation, Shopping Nearby, Airport Nearby
  • ParkingSingle Garage Attached
  • # Garage Parking Spaces1

Additional Information

  • Lot ShapePie Shaped
  • Front ExposureNortheast

 

Real Estate listing/Edmonton/Ritchie/e4168760-7210-96-street-nw-edmonton-ab-t6e-1b3/

Edmonton Real Estate - 7210 96 Street Nw Ritchie Edmonton T6E 1B3

Edmonton Real Estate

Super stylish!! Urban Chic! Unique floor plan with European style and finishing situated in the nature and desirable neighborhood. Close to major roads, shopping centers, schools, and just a few blocks away from the fabulous Argyle Park. Contemporary design with all the modern finishes like granite tops in the kitchen and bathrooms, high grade laminate, super stylish kitchen cabinets, and appliances, home accessories. Unit offers 3 bedrooms, 2 master bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, separate dining room with entrance to the patio, open floor plan. Over 1380 sq ft of the living space shows GREAT!

Essential Information

  • MLS® #E4168760
  • Price$449,900
  • Bedrooms3
  • Bedrooms Above Grade3
  • Bathrooms4.00
  • Full Baths3
  • Half Baths1
  • Has EnsuiteY
  • Square Footage1,399
  • Acres0.00
  • Year Built2013
  • Property TypeCondo / Townhouse
  • Building TypeTownhouse
  • Style2 and Half Storey

Interior

  • FlooringCarpet, Laminate Flooring
  • Goods IncludedDishwasher-Built-In, Dryer, Garage Opener, Microwave Hood Cover, Refrigerator, Stove-Electric, Washer
  • HeatingForced Air-1
  • Has BasementYes
  • BasementFull, Unfinished
  • # of Stories2

Community Information

  • Condo NameNo Name
  • Address7210 96 Street Nw
  • AreaEdmonton
  • CommunityRitchie
  • CityEdmonton
  • CountyALBERTA
  • ProvinceAB
  • Postal CodeT6E 1B3

Exterior

  • ExteriorBrick, Cedar, Vinyl
  • RoofAsphalt Shingles
  • ConstructionWood Frame
  • FoundationConcrete

Amenities

  • FeaturesDeck, Detectors Smoke, No Animal Home, No Smoking Home
  • Parking Spaces1
  • Exterior FeaturesFenced, Park/Reserve, Playground Nearby, Public Transportation, Schools, Shopping Nearby
  • ParkingSingle Garage Detached
  • # Garage Parking Spaces1

Additional Information

  • Condo Fee$83
  • Condo Fee IncludesExterior Maintenance, Insurance for Common Areas, Reserve Fund Contributions
  • ZoningRF3
  • Lot ShapeOther
  • Front ExposureEast

 

Real Estate/listing/Edmonton/Webber-Greens/e4168755-9423-209-street-edmonton-ab-t5t-7j5/

Real EstatelistingEdmontonWebber-Greense4168755-9423-209-street-edmonton-ab-t5t-7j5

Edmonton Real Estate 9423 209 Street, Webber Greens, Edmonton, T5T 7J5

 

3 Beds3 Baths$379,900

1,473 SQ. FeetBuilt In 2018Lot Size: 3,049 sqft

Single FamilyMLS #E4168755

 

This Rundle duplex in Webber Greens features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths + a double attached garage PLUS a Side Entrance! The main floor features a functional and sleek and modern kitchen with full height upper cabinets, stainless appliances, tile backsplash, pantry, and plenty of granite counter space. Open to the dining area and living room for true entertainment functionality. Rounding out the main floor is a large front entry with and half bath, coat closet, and mud room. Upstairs the master bedroom is the perfect place to escape, with a large walk-in closet, plenty of natural light from the large windows off the front of the home, and a 4 piece ensuite. 2 additional bedrooms with ample space for kids, office or guest room, a full 4 piece bath, laundry area and linen closet complete the upper level. The basement is ready for income suite development. This property will be fully landscaped and has everything you need, steps to schools, parks, shopping, WEM, Costco, Henday, Whitemud, and all amenities.

Essential Information

  • MLS® #E4168755
  • Price$379,900
  • Bedrooms3
  • Bedrooms Above Grade3
  • Bathrooms3.00
  • Full Baths2
  • Half Baths1
  • Has EnsuiteY
  • Square Footage1,473
  • Acres0.07
  • Year Built2018
  • Property TypeSingle Family
  • Building TypeHalf Duplex
  • Style2 Storey

Interior

  • FlooringCarpet, Laminate Flooring
  • Goods IncludedDishwasher-Built-In, Dryer, Garage Control, Garage Opener, Microwave Hood Cover, Refrigerator, Stove-Electric, Washer
  • HeatingForced Air-1
  • Has BasementYes
  • BasementFull, Unfinished
  • # of Stories2

Community Information

  • Address9423 209 Street
  • AreaEdmonton
  • CommunityWebber Greens
  • CityEdmonton
  • CountyALBERTA
  • ProvinceAB
  • Postal CodeT5T 7J5

Exterior

  • ExteriorStone, Vinyl
  • RoofAsphalt Shingles
  • ConstructionWood Frame
  • FoundationConcrete

Amenities

  • FeaturesNo Animal Home, No Smoking Home
  • Exterior FeaturesCul-De-Sac, Flat Site, Golf Nearby, Landscaped, Low Maintenance Landscape, No Back Lane, No Through Road, Playground Nearby, Public Transportation, Schools, Shopping Nearby, Not Fenced
  • ParkingDouble Garage Attached
  • # Garage Parking Spaces2
  • Garages19W X 23D

School Information

  • ElementaryWINTERBURN SCHOOL
  • MiddleMICHAEL PHAIR SCHOOL
  • HighJASPER PLACE SCHOOL

Additional Information

  • HOA Fees200.00
  • HOA Fees Freq.Annually
  • Lot ShapeRectangular
  • Front ExposureWest

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Stop Making These Social Media Marketing Mistakes

Everyone’s on the social web. But why is it that no follows your account, or you can’t get any traffic on your social profiles? Well you know what? It’s about to change. Hey everyone. I’m Neil Patel, and today, I’m gonna share with you the biggest social media mistakes that you’re making, that’s causing you to not do well. (uplifting music) Before I get into these tactics, make sure you subscribe to this channel. Whether subscribing, following, whatever it may be. That way, as I create more tactics for you to follow, more video lessons, you’ll get notified about them. The first mistake that you need to avoid is posting content too often.

Everyone believes that, Hey, you wanna do well on Facebook? Post 10 times a day. The more you post, the more people will see you. That may work for Twitter, but for most social sites, if you post too much, you’re not gonna do well. You only have a certain amount of people following you. If you keep posting too much information, you’re going to wear them out, and they’re gonna start ignoring you’re content.

Try to post no more than once a day. I’m not talking about live video, or stories, or anything like that. I’m talking about posting a image, or a video, a status update. Try not to post more than one a day. The second mistake that you need to avoid is posting mediocre content. Now that you know you only wanna post once a day, when you do post once a day, that content has to be amazing.

If people don’t like it, they’re not going to engage or comment. You know what? If you posted content that’s mediocre, or you think is great, and you got no comments, or engagements or likes, leave a comment below with the word yes. That way I know you’re struggling with creating amazing content. And think of it this way, if that content isn’t something that you would tell your friends about, or you would share, or you don’t think has a slight possibility of going viral, then, it’s not gonna do that well.

If you’re not sure what great content is, go to Buzzsumo. Put in keywords within your space. It’ll show you what’s popular on the social web already. You wanna use tools like Buzzsumo and Social Blade to come up with better content. That way, whenever you do post, it’s amazing content. The third mistake that most people are making is they’re not leveraging videos. Videos is the future. Facebook. Youtube. LinkedIn. All of these players wanna get your attention, more so than even a live TV. I’m talking ’bout, you know, that big LCD. Technically, you don’t have a big TV anymore, they’re all thin and go on your wall. But you get the point, in which, these social sites are craving for your attention. They want you to be on Facebook, instead of watching HBO, or NBC, or Sky Sports. So, that’s why they want you to upload video content. If you upload video content, you’ll get 2-3 times more engagement and views, than if you just upload a photo or a text update.

The fourth mistake that many people make is they’re not engaging in the first hour. The way most social algorithms work is whatever does extremely well in the first hour, continually goes viral. It’s like the opposite of SEO. With SEO, it’s a long-term game. You release content, you never do well in the first hour. You’re lucky if that content ranks really well after 30 days, or six months. In many cases, it’ll take over a year. With the social web, it’s all about the first hour. So if you have an email list, promote your email list. Or technically, promote that video or status update you did to that email list, that way, you can drive more engagement.

If you have a push notification subscriber list, from tools like subscribers.com, send them to your social profile when you have a status update. That way it gets more views, engagement. And that way, over the next 30 days, 60 days, it’ll rank higher on YouTube. Or over the next 24 hours, it’ll get way more views and shares on Facebook. You wanna push things hard in the first hour it goes live. And the last mistake that I want you to avoid is not engaging. Social’s all about being a two-way street. If you ask me a question and I didn’t answer, that’d be rude of me. That’s how social media works. You need to engage with other people. So when they leave a comment, make sure you respond. Even if their comment is as simple as like, hey thanks Neil. Thanks for leaving this, or creating this video. And if you feel like this video is good, leave a comment below telling me thanks. I really do appreciate it. And you know what? You’ll start seeing me respond to you, even if you just say thanks, or hi. Why? Because social media is a two-way street. It’s important for me to communicate with you, just like it is for you to communicate with me.

And if you communicate more, and you have those responses to every single comment, you’ll find, that over time, you’re gonna get much more shares, views, likes, than if you didn’t engage with your audience. So that’s it. If you stop making those mistakes, you’re gonna get way more traction on the social web. Doesn’t matter if your using LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, these tactics will help you out. Thanks for watching. Make sure you subscribe, like, share. And again, I hope to see you next time, and giving you more marketing advice. .

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How To Start A Real Estate Business From Scratch

In my video today, we’ll be talking about how to start your very own real estate business… from scratch! Yes, you do not need experience to do so because I will be helping you get started. Watch and listen my friend, all my advice comes from my very own experience of starting my own real estate business. I’ll also be introducing you to some of my acronyms which will be your shortcut for starting up your real estate business. 00:33 Why don’t I just go out there and build my business from scratch? 01:28 OPM – Other People’s Money 02:21 OPS – Other People’s Systems 03:50 OPE – Other People’s Experience

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6 Things Your Future Self Wants You To Start Doing TODAY

6+ Things Your Future Self Wants You To Start Doing… TODAY

Life comes at you so fast sometimes it’s hard to contemplate the future. “If you don’t plan to succeed, you plan to fail.” You can’t afford to just drift through life. Your future self may someday look back at how you lived today and wonder “what the heck were you thinking?” Live intentionally to have a better life today and tomorrow. Here are six things that your future self wants you to starting doing today.

Take More Chances  

Stability is comfortable. Risk-taking is what makes you grow and advance. One German study found that people who enjoyed taking risks were more content in life. It’s hard to know what comes first, satisfaction with life or risk-taking. It’s like asking, “which came first – the chicken or the egg?” If you take risks today, you won’t look back in 10 years and ask yourself “what if?”

Stop living to be accepted by others. Do things that you want to do because you find it exciting. Take a chance. Even if you fail, you’ll learn from it. You’ll be in the minority, because most people don’t take risks. You’ll stand out in the crowd as you forge your path.

Taking a risk will make you more successful. Chances are, if you’re trying to better yourself, it’s because you’re not happy with your circumstances. Change is risky. But the only way to escape your current situation is to make change.

Risk-taking isn’t just jumping off into the deep end with any and every opportunity. You have to look at the right options. Be a calculated risk-taker. Maximize your chances by taking more risks than not but weigh your choices carefully while you’re taking risks.

Be Who You Want to Be

What defines you? Matt Damon said, “It’s just better to be yourself than to try to be some version of what you think the other person wants.” Being yourself is easier said than done. How do you find your true self? As adults, we’re often conditioned to be a certain way. There are times when you do need to act responsibly when you don’t really want to. Finding your true self is more about authenticity and individuality. Here are some tips to help you find the person you want to be.

  1. Make a list of your personality traits, both good and bad. Which ones do you want to be known for?
  2. What are your values? Your convictions define how you act in different situations. Are you happy with your values? If not, make some changes.
  3. Stop comparing yourself to others. There’s always going to be someone richer, prettier or more successful than you. Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” When you fall into the comparison trap, you lose self-confidence and begin to adopt a persona that isn’t the real you. Someone else’s outside can never be compared to your inside.
  4. Focus on growth. As you become the person you want to be, your parents (or others who knew the old you) may call you out for past mistakes. It can be discouraging to remember where you once were. Bite your tongue and remember that you are trying to be a better person. It’s not where you were, but where you’re going.

Don’t think that your true self is set in stone. Your values, philosophies and personality may change over time. As you become more aware of yourself and others, you may find that you change your political orientation or religious views. You may even find yourself having conflicting points of view as you reflect on society, your friends and family and your own needs.

Accept Who You Are

While you’re trying to figure out who you are, recognize that you are who you are today. Change does not always come easy. It takes time to reshape your personality and values. The persona you try out this year may not be who you are next year. Admit your mistakes and apologize, if necessary. Don’t agonize over the past.

When you do feel remorseful, remind yourself that you made the best decision with the information at the time. Maybe it wasn’t the right choice, but you can’t change what happened. You can only go forward. Make the changes you want to make, but don’t forget to love yourself in the meantime

Stop Worrying About Failing

When you were young, you were taught that failing is bad. Don’t fall. Don’t lose the game. Don’t get a bad grade. Being scared of failing is ingrained into your very fiber. We don’t want to disappoint our parents, our teachers and our leaders. What we’re never taught is “what is the worst that can happen if you fail?”

Thomas Edison had over 1,000 attempts in inventing the light bulb. Winston Churchill failed to pass the entrance exam to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, not just once, but twice. Charles Darwin’s father considered him a very ordinary young man who didn’t have a whit of intellect. These are men who changed history. Clearly, failure didn’t define them.

Your future self wants you to know that it’s okay to fail. Failure isn’t the end of the world. It’s how you deal with failure that defines your true self. You may not get it right the first time. Bet you learn more when you get it wrong, because you have to go back and figure out what went wrong. Pick yourself up. Learn from your mistake. Move forward.

Live Life Fully

Gary Vaynerchuk said, “I’m the happiest because I’m doing exactly what I want to do.” Don’t wait until you get to the end of your life and discover you haven’t followed your dreams. Ask yourself, “what do I need to do to be happy and have meaning?” Maybe you don’t have all the money in the world, but you can choose to do things that make you happy.

Volunteer for organizations that you support. Be kind to your neighbors. Invest in time with those you love. Instead of binging on Netflix, go outside and have a water fight. Get off social media and be social in your community. Take up a sport that interests you. Get enough sleep. See the world in a positive way. You may not be able to change the world, but you can “be the good” in your community by changing one person.

Be Happy

One of the top regrets of the dying is “I wish I had let myself be happier.” Gary Vee said, “The truth is that finding happiness in what you do every day is so imperative.” Happiness isn’t the result of living, it’s a choice that makes it easier to live. Happiness doesn’t find you. You choose happiness. Need ideas on living happy? Researchers have studied happiness and found proven ways to increase your happy.

  1. Smile like you mean it.
    A Michigan State University study found that customer service workers who faked a smile had worse moods that others who genuinely smiled due to positive emotions. One more reason to be authentic and be true to yourself instead of putting on airs.
  2. Take an afternoon nap.
    A siesta after lunch may sound very continental and luxurious, but many European countries shut down in the afternoon to allow workers to take a long lunch break. One study found that naps tend to desensitize people to negative emotions and help them respond to positive feelings. Sleep has many emotional benefits.
  3. Spend time with family and friends.
    Another regret of the dying is not spending time with loved ones. Social connections make you happy. Don’t get to the end of your life and have no one to share it with. Strengthening your relations is much more beneficial than a salary increase in terms of happiness. It’s been shown that helping and caring for others can help you live to an older age.
  4. Go to the beach.
    A UK study found that sea + sun = happiness. A natural environment makes people happier than the city. Get out in nature on the weekend. Coastal and marine locations raised happiness levels. If you can’t get to the beach, go to the mountains or the forests. Enjoy a farm. Go for a drive. You’ll be happier.

Make Small Changes

If you’re dissatisfied with your life today, it’s not going to get better on its own. You have to make changes to get to where you want to be. Making sweeping changes is difficult, so make small steps. Change one thing this month. Once it becomes a habit, make another change. You can be who you want to be. But it’s up to you.

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