As I look at my past right up to my present, I've noticed something huge about success in life: Daily habits are what will either help us to achieve our goals or they will imprison us to a mediocre life. I once heard it said that mediocrity is the best of the worst and the worst of the best.
I've also noticed that success is rarely to never instant, it's a process and that process is made up of habits, lot's of them. Habits are choices we choose. We have GOOD habits and we have BAD habits. Both of them define us. "Habits define you. All the results in your life come from your daily habits"-Angel Chernoff.
3 Habits That Will Make Your Life Soar!
1. Start Ridiculously Small
I want to create big change in my life as quickly as possible. That's not a bad thing. However, I remember setting a fitness goal a few years ago. "I'm going to hit the gym 5 days a week." Big problem, I had not been going to the gym to workout for a few years. So, how did my goal of 5 days a week go? I failed in less than 2 weeks! 🤣
My solution was to start so small that it hardly required any willpower. So, that's what I did. I simply began to do a 7 minute, simple workout at home 5 days a week. Next thing I knew, I was exercising for 30 minutes a day, Monday-Friday.
2. Get Hooked On Your Habit
I've noticed that when I get on a roll and devoted a lot of effort into something, I don't want to quit. My iPhone told me that I have gotten up early in the morning 634 days in a row. I love to wake up early and be contemplative about gratitude and the joyful things in my life. I can't wait to see that number go to 635 tomorrow!
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld calls this the “Don’t break the chain” strategy. Seinfeld used this method to become a better comic by writing a new joke every day. When he completed his writing for the day, he put a big red X on that day on his calendar. Within a few days, he had a chain he didn’t want to break.
This is a brilliant strategy you can use to create a visual reminder of how much effort you've invested in your habit. The longer the chain grows, the harder you’ll fight to keep it going. Get a calendar, put a marker next to it, and get to work on your habit. Your only job next is to not break the chain.
3. Celebrate Your Small Wins
I became really good at beating myself up for a bad performance. On the other hand, I noticed that I rarely to never would reward myself for a doing something good. Research has shown that celebrating our progress is crucial for our motivation, especially in the area of creating good habits.
Love to hear from you. How could the above 3 help you to form new good habits. Also, tell me if there are things you are doing to create good habits which I did not mention.