If you’re anything like the way I was, you perhaps don’t pay much attention to your daily habits. Did you know that our life is the result of all our habits?
As Margaret Thatcher rightfully said:
“Watch your thoughts, for they will become actions. Watch your actions, for they’ll become… habits. Watch your habits for they will forge your character. Watch your character, for it will make your destiny.”
What we repeatedly do and think of every day, ultimately forms the person we are, the things we believe, and the personality we portray. Our Health, our Happiness, and our Success are all determined by our habits.
When I look back to about two years ago, the negative impact my poor habits had on my life at the time, is very apparent. I was very unenthusiastic and demotivated about everything. I never looked forward to the day. I had little energy and always felt exhausted and lethargic. Most days I’ve been on edge and quite irritated. Aside from my day job, I never did anything productive or worthwhile. At that time, my life plateaued — I was no longer growing or improving myself. In a nutshell, I became stagnant and was wasting away my life one day at a time.
After taking a good look at my life from an unbiased perspective, it became crucial that something had to change. I wanted more for myself, so I made a conscious decision to change my life by changing my poor habits one at a time. I wrote new goals about what I wanted to be and achieve, and how I wanted to feel. I wanted to be kind, think positively, be healthy and fit, look my best, have happy, thriving relationships, and feel excited about my life and future. Based on these goals, I identified habits that I needed to change and started to practice them one at a time — it’s been some of the best decisions I’ve made for myself so far.
Here is a list of habits I changed that drastically improved my life:
- Be more health conscious (i.e. eat less junk; eat more fruits & healthy foods)
- Drink more water daily
- Exercise or Train at gym at least 3 days a week
- Watch less TV
- Spend less time on social media
- Read and learn something new everyday
- Spend quality time with the people who matters most
- Be more productive
- Do what I genuinely love
- Do a random act of kindness everyday
- Stop procrastinating and just do it!
I learned that changing habits is a gradual commitment — a little each day goes a long way. I encourage you to look at yourself and your life with an open mind. If you are truly not satisfied with the way you live and feel, you alone have the power to make a change. Decide what you want for yourself. Set goals and create a life that makes you want to jump out of bed every day.
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