How much longer are we going to wait? How much time are we going to let escape us? Hopefully not much longer. We have all been guilty of delaying the developing of more positive habits. There is no shame in this, its part of life. However, we can now choose to arm ourselves with the mindset which fosters positive habits and move towards positive change. This blog will break down 5 secrets which will kickstart your journey towards the best version of yourself.
“Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do.” ―Sean Covey
We tend to admire people who have positive habits and attribute them to success and happiness. Yet, we fail at times to focus on how the habits were developed, focusing only on the results. Habits are rituals repeated over time until they become automatic. No negotiation, no emotions, just action based on repetition. Its about focusing on what the best version of ourselves looks and feels like, and then making real choices to become that person. So how do we set ourselves up for success?
1. Practice patience
We live in a society which wants everything NOW. We want our progress now, we want our success and results now. Studies show that this is the main reason people give up on developing positive habits. We must shift our mind set to delayed gratification mode. Let us reflect and acknowledge that the guy with the six pack abs did not get them from one gym session. The woman in a loving marriage did not get that from one act of kindness. Both results were the result of non stop action towards a goal, the results were simply the by-product of those rituals turned into habits.
2. Create routines
Studies have shown that humans’ brains seek patterns and rituals in order to help us make sense of the world. When we engage in rituals such as morning routines or night routines, we have lower levels of cortisol which is associated with lower stress. We set ourselves up for success by creating routines as it fosters an environment which you brain seeks naturally. It does not need to be hard.
3. Commit to learning
By continuously investing in ourselves and learning new things, we expand our horizons to new positive habits which we were not previously aware of. You don't know what you don't know and that is why learning new things via books and courses are crucial in our quest to develop new habits. Learning provides us with mentors and and motivations to start the journey not solely based on what other's tell us but rather who we want to become.
4. Build your community
We have all heard of the phrase, "you are the average of the five people you spend most time with". Studies have proven this accurate so it becomes vital that we surround ourselves with people who are engaged in the same habits as us. If you want to run more, join a running group. Furthermore, studies show that when we create a tribe/community of like minded people, we are more likely to succeed in our endeavor as we feel a sense of accountability to both ourselves and the tribe.
5. Free up resources
The power of saying NO. We cannot commit to dedicating time and resource to developing positive habits without letting go of negative ones. This means saying no to things that do not serve our vision of best self. This might mean no to Netflix on certain evenings so we have time to mediate before bed, no to sugar cereals in the mornings on certain days so we can say yes to a healthy smoothy. No to doom scrolling so we can say yes to reading that book or dedicating time to our loved ones. With time, our positive habits will crowd out the negative ones by draining their resources.
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