There comes a point in life when you begin to feel stuck. It feels like no matter what you do, you can’t get to where you want to be… But, are you really doing enough?
Are you really working hard enough for what you want to achieve?
Changing your life around to get to your full potential requires commitment and hard work. It requires you to monitor closely what has been working and what has not.
You won’t be able to change what you don’t like about your life until you implement certain habits. These habits won’t lead to overnight glory, but when you practice them over time they will lead you to success.
Here are the 7 powerful habits that will change your life
Creating and following habits until they become a part of your daily routine takes time (about twenty-one days). But once you get used to practicing those habits day after day, they finally become part of you.
As SJ Scott, the author of the bestselling book “Habit Stacking” says, “Create a doable daily goal that can be achieved no matter what happens, and don’t let yourself be talked out of it.“
And that’s what we are striving for here.
I want you to pick up these 7 vital habits and be able to apply them to really change your life the way you want it.
#1: Wake up early
If you think I pontificate about rising early a bit too much, you are damn right I do. It’s vital to success after all.
I have talked about inculcating this habit many times in my earlier posts. See, waking up early means starting your day with a triumph.
I know everyone hates waking up early in the morning but the truth is this is one of the most vital habits needed to be successful in pretty much anything you propose. If you are hell bent on changing your life for better, mornings are the place to start.
Take the early morning time to focus on what’s to come, take that time to work on new plans, to get back on track with some late assignments. Whatever it is, give yourself those extra hours and then take full advantage of them.
Keep in mind, waking up early means going to bed early. You need a minimum of six hours of sleep to function properly. Otherwise, you really won’t be able to pull it off.
#2: Plan everything ahead
This particular habit applies both to your day-to-day life and your business life.
Buy a nice journal, a planner or a flip chart. Something, you know, that you run into every now and then. I have flip chart stuck up on the wall in my study. It’s littered with to-dos and long-term goals.
I am not much into journaling, but if that’s your thing, I suggest you get into it full hog.
Planning and writing down everything is one of those habits that inevitably leads to success.
You won’t believe how easy life can get when you are way more organized with your own time.
Planning your day and having a proper schedule not only lets you take advantage of your own time, but it helps you focus on what’s really important and work harder to get it.
#3: Learn how to take Feedback and use it to your advantage
Whether it’s in life or work, learning how to take read feedback is extremely important, because it can help you change and develop those parts of you that need a little extra work.
Learning how to take proper feedback from others can be challenging because we often think people are criticizing us, even when they aren’t.
So try to listen carefully and ask questions about how you could change that particular thing about you.
#4: Always Strive for Excellence
Never, ever be mediocre. Always strive for excellence. This is non-negotiable.
Being mediocre is a sin everyone is guilty of at some point, and it’s a deadly trail that kills our true potential.
It’s true we never get to do everything we love, but we can choose to do everything we do exceptionally well.
Whether it’s a work-related project, school assignments, regular day-to-day chores, whatever it is, never settle for being mediocre and make sure whatever you are doing, is being done right.
#5: Plug toxic thoughts
Toxic thoughts are dangerous.
Every day, unbeknownst to our conscious mind, we communicate negative thoughts to our subconscious. A good way to stop this is by recognizing these thoughts and twisting them around.
Let’s say you are thinking “Oh no, I’m going to fail this, I’m going to be horrible at this, I’m…” When you catch yourself thinking about this, simply take a breath and think “I’m going to be fine, I can always improve so I’ll keep trying” or something that brings you comfort.
Picking up the habit to control our thoughts is vital to surviving in today’s world and being able to really take control of your life.
It’s a tough habit to pick up, but one that’s completely worth it.
#6: Be mindful of what you speak into the world
Words have power, whether we like it or not, everything we say impacts somewhat or somehow into the world.
If you speak negatively or everything you do, it’s only natural most things will turn out bad. You can check out this TEDx video of Abria Joseph- a famed yoga teacher and sound healer – on how to remove negative self-talk.
Start to pick your words more wisely and change your brain into thinking (and speaking) more positively. This alone won’t change your whole life, but it will help you see things in a different light, and therefore, being able to change your situation.
Again, it’s a tough habit to pick up, but one that will most likely change the way you carry yourself through life.
#7: Practice meditation
Last, but not least, picking up the habit of practicing some sort of meditation is key to regain the energy you lose every day and regain that very important focus.
Whether it is yoga or meditating in silence before going to sleep, meditation allows you to be more focused and mindful of what’s going on around you.
Not to mention it provides you with some very calm and peaceful time we all sometimes need.
What are the habits you have picked up or trying to incorporate into your lives? What sort of challenges did you run into? Have those habits made any noticeable impact on your productivity?
Do share your thoughts in the box below.