If you’re anything like the way I was, you perhaps don’t pay any attention to your daily habits. Did you know that our life is the result of all our habits?
Margaret Thatcher 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, 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 on my old habits from about a year ago, this was my typical week: I set about five alarms to wake-up for work on mornings yet still I never woke up on time. I snoozed my alarm and did some serious Math with my sick days. When that didn’t work out, I reluctantly pulled myself out of bed, took a quick shower, threw on some clothes with little effort and darted out the house. I rushed to work, had a quick (unhealthy) breakfast and dragged throughout the day. I checked my phone every few minutes browsing through social media. At the end of the day, I got home exhausted and did absolutely nothing besides look at TV, waste time on my phone and slept. On most Friday evenings and on weekends, I resorted to having drinks with friends. The next week… I Repeated!
In hindsight, the results of those habits had such a negative impact on my life. I was very unenthusiastic and demotivated and I did not look forward to the day. I always felt exhausted and lethargic. Most days I’ve been on edge and quite irritated. I had low self-esteem on the way I looked because I took zero efforts in getting dressed for the day. I was caught up on social media and surrounded myself with the wrong set of people that my life was going absolutely nowhere. I was extremely unproductive and was no longer growing or improving as an individual. In a nutshell, I was pretty much stagnant and wasting away my twenties.
After taking a good look at my life from an outside perspective, I realized I wanted more for myself and my life so I made a conscious decision to change my habits. I did this by writing new goals about what I wanted to be and how I wanted to feel. I wanted to think positively, be healthy and fit, look my best, have healthy relationships, and be excited about my life and future. Based on these goals, I changed my habits one at a time to achieve them. It’s been some of the best decisions I’ve made for myself yet.
Changing your habits is a gradual commitment. I encourage you to look at yourself and your life open-mindedly and honestly. If you are truly not satisfied with the way you live and feel, you alone have the power to change it. Decide what you want for yourself. Set goals for yourself and create a life that makes you want to jump out of bed every day. Pick a few habits you wish to change and new ones you need to develop in order to make those changes. This could be anything. Focus on one habit at a time and commit to it for at least 30 days. Once you’ve formed that new habit, move onto another and then another. Notice the improvements in your life as you make these little changes one at a time. I guarantee you, you will start noticing significant positive changes in the way you think and feel about yourself and your life.
Here is a list of habits I changed over the past year that drastically improved my life:
- Become more health conscious (i.e. eat less junk; eat more fruits & healthy foods)
- Drink more water daily
- Train at gym 3 days a week
- Watch less TV
- Spend less time on social media
- Read and learn more everyday
- Spend quality time with the people who matters most
- Be more productive
- Do what I genuinely love
- Stop procrastinating and just do it!
You can try some of these as well or form your own. I’ll love hearing about what habits you’ve changed and how it impacted on your life.
… Keep Smiling – Love, Candace