The Daily Habits That Will Change Your Life (part 1)
Habits are not easy to master, but personally I know that the ones that I have acquired & perfected over the last couple of year have truly changed my mindset, made me happier & at peace with myself and also been the key element to building a successful business while keeping my life moving forward.
Without further ado, here is part 1 of the small daily habits that I think will help you become a better entrepreneur and a happier human being, alongside a short exercise for each to help you put it in practice.
1. Have goals and a priority
Most successful people have the same amount of hours in a day as you do, but a lot of times they might use that time very differently. Each morning try to set an intention for the day and be clear of what you’d like to achieve.
It doesn’t have to necessarily be work-related, just think of what would be the happiest and best version of yourself be doing with their day. Visualise that person. What opportunities would they create for themselves today?
Start simple - the main idea behind this is to create a habit where every single day you look at what’s ahead and create priorities before the rest of the world has had a chance to influence your thoughts and mood.
Spend 5 minutes after brushing your teeth each morning writing down, either on your phone, or a notebook you carry with you, what are 3 things that you could do or be part of that would make today a really cool day.
2. Look after your health
When you’re ill, you’re pretty much unable to work or enjoy anything. And while we can’t always prevent it, there are a large number of lifestyle elements that have been scientifically proven to add value to your overall health. Here are a couple of ideas to get you inspired to do your own research
Blue zones are the few parts of the world where people on average live to be at least 100 years old.
Through research, they’ve shown that these areas have quite similar habits, regardless of whether they’re in Sardinia, on an island in Japan or in Costa Rica. And those are:
A mostly plant-based diet with meat/fish once in a while
Staying active throughout the day as part of their lifestyle (20 min/day)
Drinking alcohol in moderation - a lot of these people drink a glass of red wine nearly every day, but always with food and socially, rather than binging
Get enough sleep - they don’t have set times when they sleep and get up every day but instead they listen to their body and the seasonal changes
Try to pinpoint one thing that you’ve done for your health every single evening and write it in the same app/journal.
3. A positive outlook & gratitude
Let's talk about your attitude towards challenges, the daily small annoyances and how you relate yourself to others. By building a positive outlook, you learn to see the things you need to overcome as what they really are - a temporary hurdle.
You may have heard successful people’s stories of hardship and resilience. If you listen closely, these people 99% of the time have relied on creating a positive mindset, whether consciously or unconsciously. Remember, life happens for you, not to you. All you need to do is change the way you look at it.
Every evening, write down 3 things you’re grateful for. Small or large, there’s no right or wrong item.
When you wake up the next morning, open it again and read them to yourself and reflect for a minute.
This daily exercises that should take less than 3-4 minutes will help you gain perspective on your own life, your privilege and all the amazing things that you get to experience and enjoy every single day.
4. Learn to decompress & relax
In order to show up as the best version of yourself every single day, you need to learn to decompress. Put it this way - if you need to constantly charge your phone every day, why would your brain be any different?
By removing yourself from your day to day thoughts, you will gain a new perspective on things. Why do you think they say some of the world’s best ideas come in the shower? That's when people usually stop overthinking and allow their brain to create connections that don’t exist when we’re actively thinking about a problem.
Whether it’s reading, a creative outlet, quality time with loved ones, TV, make sure that you create space in your life where you remove yourself from your work, so you can come back feeling refreshed and more creative than ever.
Look at your calendar and pick a 30 minutes slot for tomorrow. If you find yourself resisting with thoughts like “I’m too busy” or “I don’t like scheduling things in”, let’s get real.
How would you usually waste 30 minutes in a normal day? At the cost of being proactive and prioritising a 30 min slot each day to do something that brings you joy, you will soon create a feeling of joy and intention in your life. Be it painting, reading, listening to an audiobook, getting a massage, choose something that's YOU time. Thank me later.
5. Take action
The first step to creating an inspiring life for yourself, a life filled with joy, success and love, is that you must take action. Stop overthinking your instincts and try something different or new. Get out of your comfort zone and see what happens - I promise you’ll only benefit from it long term.
Do you want to be someone who reads books? Put this down and grab a book.
Do you want to be someone who gets a promotion or raises their prices? Look into ways to innovate and solve more problems for your employer/clients.
Do you want to eat healthier and feel energetic? Add some vegetables to every meal and do one at home no equipment workout. You get it.
In order to become happier and more successful, you need to create positive change in your life and work towards your goals, whatever they may be.
Every change starts with a decision, followed by an action.
Take baby steps.
Don’t overdo it - a common mistake I see people make is outstretching their willpower, which means they’ll give up quickly, because they’ve taken on too much too soon and they’re expecting a miracle overnight.
Taking action doesn’t mean succeeding straight away - it means taking small consistent steps and moving into the right direction to create the life that you want.
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