Updated: Jul 11
Starting to make the changes to turn your life into the positive, happy, fun, successful, loving life you want to life can feel overwhelming and we tend to feel that it’s the big changes that are going to make the difference.
But if you change careers or end relationships, move home, or any other big change without making the smaller changes such as your daily habits, you will just end up swapping one negative thing for another one.
“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.” - F. M. Alexander
It’s your daily habits that sway the direction your life is going in. Making changes to your daily habits may sound easy and something you can fix quickly, but remember a habit it something you do habitually, you do it unconsciously because you have done it time and time again and probably at the same time each day.
To change your daily habits, you are going to have to make a conscious effort to change them. It can take doing something new 28 times before it becomes ‘normal’ for you.
What changes do you need to make? How do you know what things to change?
Think about your daily routine and think about what you do that is leading you to the life you want and what is holding you back or taking you in the wrong direction.
“Old habits won't open new doors.” - Unknown
Think about how you want your life to look, what does future you do to sustain this wonderful life you have created? What can you introduce to your life today that future you does every day?
Making these small changes won’t change your life over night but they will support you when you make the big changes and you start to go for your life goals. You will be well equipped to adjust to new things and be courageous enough to try things you have never tried before.
Do you use your time wisely? Are you learning what you need to learn to get to where you want to be? Or are you sitting in front of the TV wishing your life was more interesting?
We each have a choice of how we spend our time and if you are happy then keep doing what you love to do but if it’s not making you happy it’s not right for you and you have just fallen into bad habits. That’s okay because bad habits can be changed into good habits that do make you happy or at least lead you to what you want.
Whether it’s getting up off the couch to do some exercise or turning off the TV to read a book or turning the TV over from the repeats of an old sitcom to a TED Talk or a documentary on a subject you enjoy and what to know more about. It may be getting up earlier in the morning, listening to motivational podcasts, eating healthier, giving up smoking or drinking, learning to meditate, starting a journal, losing weight, gaining muscle, learning a new skill, spending more time on self-care, getting outside more, de-cluttering your home/mind, some, or all of the above and some others I haven’t listed…
Only you know what habits are not helping you and deep down you know what you need to add into your life to make it what you want.
Things to remember when you start to change your daily habits…
1. Habits can be difficult to break, so don’t beat yourself up if you don’t succeed straight away, just keep going it will happen if you don’t give up.
2. It’s easier to create a new habit if you make it fun, so make the process as fun as possible.
3. If you find yourself putting up resistance, you need to stop, reset your mind with why you are making the change, and when you feel positive about it (with no resistance) try again.
4. As it starts to feel easier remind yourself that the only reason it feel easier is because you have got better at it. 😊
5. Congratulate yourself on a job well done!
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