First things first, your success rate will drop by trying to implement all these habits all at once. You have to walk before you can start sprinting, so start slow, success is a journey not a destination, you’ll get to all your goals if you stay dedicated and disciplined but most importantly you have to be patient, success takes time! Instead of talking to everyone about what you’re going to do, be like NIKE and JUST DO IT.
Only you can keep yourself accountable, so don’t cheat yourself.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit” ~ Aristotle
1. Healthy Lifestyle
Prolong your life by starting a workout routine, start by taking a long walk after dinner and graduate to a gym membership. You have to find time for your health it’s the most important aspect of your life, it literally keeps you alive, and helps you run at an optimal level. This “Healthy Lifestyle” doesn’t start and end with a workout, this is a lifestyle, so not only do you have to keep exercising; you have to start hydrating throughout the day. Water is amazing for your body and most importantly your brain, try to drink 4 Litres or 1 Gallon a day. Also try and eat healthier, what you put in your body is your “Gas” you wouldn’t put regular gas in your Ferrari would you? Your body is a Ferrari so fuel it like one, feed it nutritious foods, it’s really not that hard.
2. Seek Knowledge
Start reading more books, I talk about this all the time on social media (Follow me DPavelich) but it’s true, reading will change your life. It will help with your memory, your brain is a muscle, it needs the exercise like any other body part, and reading is a great workout for your brain. It will help with your vocabulary and communication skills on top of all the extra knowledge you will soak up! Sorry for bringing this up so much, but I really think this is one of the most important changes you can make in your life!
3. Self – Awareness
This will eventually help you control your emotions especially anger, happiness starts within and it takes hours on hours of practice but one day you’ll be at the point where you won’t let someone else’s attitude or mood affect your happiness! When you start thinking negatively be aware of it and try to change that thought into a positive one. If that doesn’t work, start thinking about something completely different and just keep working on yourself! Give yourself some time away from everyone so that your mind can roam, everyone needs alone time, try out yoga or meditation, it works for me! Be grateful for the simple things in life, remind yourself how there’s always someone going through a bigger struggle than you. “I complained about having no shoes until I seen the man without legs” ~ Quote from The Saint, The Surfer, and the CEO by Robin Sharma. You have to only focus on your vision and what you want out of life, but at the same time you have to be grateful for what you have & what you’ve already achieved.
4. The 21 Day Challenge
Focus on 1 negative habit within yourself, and don’t do it for 21 days! This same 21 day concept will also work with adding a habit to your routine, but this portion my blog is to remove just one toxic habit from your life. Maybe you’re drinking too much, maybe it’s cutting out the fast food, maybe its drugs or smoking cigarettes. Maybe it’s something simple like cutting out soda/pop or cleaning up your room or car <- That’s a mindset thing. It could be that you’re spending too much money on eating out or splurging on yourself, just pick one thing and remove it from your life!
5. Spread Love
Be kind! Don’t be shy to compliment someone, try and always look for the good in people! Do simple gestures for others like opening up the door for them, letting them in front of you in traffic. Try and go volunteer more and help out a charity that actually means something to you, judge less, listen more, be empathetic and compassionate and don’t forget to cherish every moment you can with your friends and loved ones.
6. Be Selfish to be self-less
Be selfish with your time and who you’re spending it with. I truly believe in your “Top 5”, which means you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Learn to love yourself, so you can love others, you have to be comfortable in your own skin. You’re beautiful, you’re special, you’re unique and you have a purpose! Compete with yourself and yourself only and do it on a daily basis; strive to be better than you where yesterday! The most important thing of all FOLLOW YOUR HEART!
7. Take 100% Responsibility
Don’t let the blame game ruin your life; just accept you are where you are because of you only. You have the power to control every decision you make, use your time wisely, because unlike money you can’t make it back.
Written by: Dave Pavelich