Updated: Jun 3, 2022
We have far more habits than we realize. It's been said that successful people merely have successful habits. Success takes time, and habits repeat themselves over time. Your individual habits each serve to move you closer to success or make success more challenging.
There are only 24 hours in a day, so it's not possible to have an unlimited number of habits. Choosing the most effective habits is a big responsibility! Reading books about habits has been a habit of mind for the last couple of years, leading me to distill that some get you better results than others. Meaning more bang for your time!
Your personal development and growth needs to be on the schedule as much as a trip to the dentist every 6 months, not doing that? we need to have a totally different talk, I will go there after spending 25 years as a Dental Hygienist!
Add these habits to your life and increase your success:
1. Make a to-do list each night. Start the day with a bang by having carefully chosen your activities and priorities for the following day. You'll sleep better by having one less thing on your mind. You'll get more done by not spending your morning trying to plan your day. Check out David Allen's book Getting Things Done!
2. Ruthlessly prioritize your activities. No matter what your goal might be, there is one action that is more important than the rest. Determine that action and make it your focus until it is complete. Your personal development is priority, deep work, reading, growth.......I'm making that easier with all my best personal growth and positive psychology courses in eBook form! Check Out the books HERE.
* While others are focused on doing what's easiest, you'll be working on what's most effective. The difference is considerable.
3. Get 7-8 hours of sleep. Many claim to do just fine on 4-6 hours of sleep, but recent studies have shown that no one is as effective with 6 hours of sleep as they are with 7. If you're getting less than 7 hours each night, you're under-performing.
4. Meditate or pray each day. Getting in touch with your spirituality is important to your creativity and the overall balance in your life. Fifteen minutes a day provides a nice break and the opportunity to regroup. A spiritual practice increases your connection with your higher self!
5. Review your goals at least once per day. Continue to remind yourself of your objectives. Your brain is wonderful at finding solutions, so keep reminding it of the primary challenge in your life. Reviewing your goals creates and maintains a target.
6. Review your day each night. Imagine how much easier life would be if you avoided making the same mistakes. Reviewing your day and acknowledging your successes and failures is an effective way to avoid making the same errors over and over. Start with the morning and work sequentially through your day.
* Ask yourself, "What could I have done better?" Establish a more effective alternative for the next time.
* Also be sure to review your successes. Labeling them as such will increase the likelihood of them happening again.
7. Exercise daily. Exercise not only strengthens your health, but it also improves your alertness and self-esteem. The vast majority of successful people report exercising each day, rain or shine. It doesn't matter when you exercise, but most high-achievers make time in the morning.
8. Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is all the rage today, but the idea has been around for at least 2500 years. Mindfulness is detached awareness of your surroundings and thoughts. It's keeping your mind on the task at hand. Avoid worrying about the future or regretting the past. Your day will be more productive and enjoyable.
Take control of your habits. Your habits are behaviors that are repeated over and over without requiring willpower. You likely brush your teeth every night without any mental turmoil. The same ease can be accomplished with other tasks, like exercise.
Start small and with only a single habit. Build and expand as each activity becomes ingrained.
Consider your current habits. Are they bringing you closer to success or making success less likely? Let me know in the comments, what is working, what's not?
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