Guest Column

Life Upgrade 101: Ditch These Five Habits For Good

Rajen Garabadu

Are you looking for a life upgrade?

Do you often feel sad, discontented, upset, angry? Life’s not moving in your desired direction, and you’re troubled. You keep waiting for a miracle or an angel to show you the way, but that’s yet to come.

Trust me, you’re not alone. We’ve all been there.

Will you believe me if I say you have it within you to be less unhappy and discontent?

Now, let’s get real. I’m not here to sell you a miracle cure that poofs away life’s hurdles. But what if I told you that axing five self-sabotaging habits could dramatically shift your perspective and pave the way for a more contented life? You can do it yourself without any dependency.

Yes, it’s that simple.

Read, adopt, and follow the practices below, and count yourself in for a life upgrade.


Ever find yourself waiting for someone else to hand you the keys to the kingdom?

Spoiler alert: That’s like waiting for a bus at a train station.

Stop being dependent on other people or things to improve your life.

Forget about any illusion of external help. Help yourself move ahead. Do whatever it takes to get there by yourself. This will make you independent and put you on the path to accomplishing your goals.

It’s time to grab the wheel of your life. Independence isn’t just a state of being; it’s a pathway to self-fulfilment and goal-smashing greatness.


Ah, expectations – the root of all heartache.

We grow up thinking life owes us a fairytale, thanks partly to the family dynamics we’re marinated in. But here’s the kicker: ditching those expectations frees you from the chains of disappointment.

No expectation, no crying. Whatever you get is a bonus.


Ever notice how some folks have turned whining into an Olympic sport?

We all do it in some measure. Talking about it can help take the load off your chest. But when you go on and on, you make yourself persona non grata. Why do that?

Here’s the thing: everyone has problems. You’re not alone. But not all speak about it ad nauseam. Why become that person whom everyone runs away from?

It’s okay to vent occasionally but don’t let it become your default mode. A shift in perspective might reveal that things aren’t as bleak as they seem.

If you can’t help but feel disadvantaged or unfortunate, think of those in worse situations. Instantly, you should feel better. If you still don’t, you’ve got a problem. And you need to find professional help soon.


Caught in the comparison trap?

It’s easy to do. But remember, the grass is always greener where you water it. Those endless comparisons with others only breed discontent.

We compare ourselves with others who we feel are better off than us. We obsess about keeping up with the Joneses. It could be a bigger house, fancier car, higher paid job, better opportunity, etc.

We compare our loved ones with others. Such comparisons rarely have positive consequences. They usually result in discomfort, discord, or despair.

Why indulge in a practice that serves no positive purpose only because it has been passed on from generation to generation? Chances are you have seen your parents do it and felt wrong then. And now you have followed the practice with your next generation.

Why? Shun it.

Focus on watering your grass. Cultivate gratitude for what you have; you might find it grows into something lush and fulfilling.


Living in the past is like driving with your eyes glued to the rearview mirror – you’re bound to crash. Let go, however much it reminds you about the good times (as compared to the troubled times you may now be in).

Letting go isn’t about forgetting; it’s about moving forward. The past is a place of reference, not residence.

The present and future hold new opportunities and joys waiting to be discovered. If you live mindfully in the present, you will be better placed to make the most of opportunities.


We all stumble through life, tripping over our habits. But imagine how much lighter you’d feel ditching those weights? It’s about making a conscious choice to let go of the habits that hold you back.

So, what do you say? Ready to kick these habits to the curb and step into a lighter, brighter version of life?

The power’s in your hands (and, more importantly, your mind). Embrace the change, and let’s roll into a future where you’re the boss of your happiness.

Trust me, the view’s fantastic from here.

Are you ready?

Rajen Garabadu

Chief Executive Producer, News18 Network. He blogs @

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