Build Positive Habits in Three Easy Steps

Build Positive Habits in Three Easy Steps

Build Positive Habits in Three Easy Steps

When you establish good habits in your life, you can have the life of your dreams. You can have your ideal career; attract the friends and relationships you want and experience wonderful well-being. If your life is out of balance now, just visualize how you really want to live. Build positive habits to put you on a good path to achieve your best life.

A strong motivation to change your life can be the starting point to install effective habits effortlessly. When you are in alignment with the changes, you are happy and inspired to make them a success.

Positive habits become part of your daily life.  Sadly, you may have had nobody in your early life to teach you a consistent method on how to make good habits.

Here are three easy ideas to help you.

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Follow these suggestions to make habits that last.

1.      Identify the habit you wish to make

Be truly clear about what you wish to achieve. For example, people often decide they wish to eat healthily. This is too vague. A better way to state this idea is to have a specific goal or target.  For example, you can decide to eat two cups of raw or cooked vegetables at lunch each day.  Now you have a definite goal and can track this new behavior in a food diary/journal.

  • Be clear on the habit you need to make, regardless of whether it’s walking 30 minutes every day or meditating for 10 minutes in the morning before getting up. It ought to be evident to you before the day’s over whether you’ve done it or not.

2.      List the advantages of that habit.

Why would you like to make this new behavior? What benefits are you receiving in return? Persuade yourself that this merits your time and exertion. Feel motivated and inspired to do this new habit regularly.

  • Habits can be trying to make, so know the positive upsides of your new behavior. It will encourage you to stick to doing the new habit even when you don’t feel like doing it.

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3.      Determine the best time to start doing your new habit

Choose the same time each day if it’s to be a daily habit. Does it bode well to do your new routine in the first part of the day? Around evening time? During your mid-day break? On the off chance that you wear a suit or a dress to work, performing 100 squats at the workplace may be badly designed. Pick a convenient time of day.  Make it something you want to do.

Make it simple to practice the new routine. In case you will go running each morning, have your running garments and other apparatus directly by your bed. Set yourself up for success.  Start little and develop from that point. Be consistent and start seeing success.

You must stay focused to achieve this.  Go here to read my recent blog post about keeping focused.

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3 Tips to Help You Focus

3 Tips to Help You Focus

Losing Focus? 3 Tips to Help You Focus & Get on Track

We all have days when it’s hard to stay on track and stay focused. It’s not an easy task sometimes. Here are three easy ways you can get back in the right direction when you’re losing focus.

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Pick One Task to Help You Focus

Do you try to do too many things at the same time? Focus on one straightforward task, accomplish that, and then start on the next task. Put on your mental blinders and get it done. Doing this usually brings your focus right back. After you have completed a few tasks, you’ll notice that you can multitask if the need arises.

Overall, plan to start your day with a little preparation and divide your work into chunks that you can accomplish one at a time. Ignore the impulse to multi-task. This can make you feel like you are being industrious and making a lot of progress. However, studies show that you’ll focus better with better productivity by tackling one task at a time.

Review and Reassess

Are you unable to focus because you get distracted at times? This minimizes your success in getting your task at hand done. Pause for a minute to assess what you’re doing. What is the problem? Do you lack enthusiasm for what you are doing or did you not sleep well the night before? Maybe you have a headache or don’t feel well. Once you know what’s causing you to lose focus, you can deal with it. Use these tips to help you focus.

  • Put yourself in distraction-free mode.
  • Monitor your mind wandering
  • Plan for time away from your desk

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Work In Shorter Bursts And Take Breaks

Some days you just can’t focus as well or for as long as you usually do and that’s OK. No matter what the reason, accept it and find a way to deal with it. One way to do this effectively is to work in shorter bursts and take more frequent breaks. If you’re used to working highly focused in 45-minute chunks of time, break it down into 15-minute bursts instead. Get out your timer, set it for 15 minutes and get to work. When the timer goes off, give yourself permission to take a 5-minute break to recharge before diving back in for another 15-minute session.

You may not be as productive as you would be on a day when you’re feeling great, but these tips will ensure you’re staying on track. And who knows, you may find that after an hour or two you’re on track again and getting back into full focus mode.

You will also find my recent blog post about building positive habits really helpful – HERE.

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How to Decide What You Really Want

How to Decide What You Really Want

Why don’t most people really know what they want? That’s a good question to ask yourself. Walk into a busy shopping mall and ask some people at random what they want. The vast majority would not be able to tell you.

You would get answers like:

“I don’t really know”

“I haven’t thought about it”

“I am not sure”

If you don’t know what you really want from your life, then you will never get it. You need clarity here. So, make a commitment now to think about what you really want in the short term and the long term.

how to decide what you really want

how to decide what you really want

Why don’t people know what they want?

You would think that as highly intelligent creatures every member of the human race would know what they want from life. After all they have this wonderful thing called a brain, but the problem is they don’t know how to use it properly. Humans can achieve anything. Look around you and see what we have invented and created.

But thinking about what we really want takes effort and focus. Many people would prefer to do something that takes very little thought such as wasting their time on social media.

There’s a message here – if you really want to get what you desire, then you need to put in the effort to get it. Start with thinking through what improvements you want to make in different areas of your life. Put your phone on silent, turn off the TV and any other distractions and take the time out to design your life going forward.

How to decide what you want

Get a pen and plenty of paper and find somewhere quiet where you won’t be disturbed. How long will this take you? Well it depends – we are talking about shaping your destiny here so how long it takes should not be an issue for you. It will take as long as it takes.

Try using positive visualization to focus. Divide a sheet of paper in two by drawing a line in the middle. On the left hand side make a heading “things I don’t want” and on the right “things I do want”. Then start thinking about different areas of your life and write down the details of what you REALLY want in your life.  You can use such areas as:

  • Your finances
  • Your relationships
  • Your job or business (how you make money)
  • Your personal life
  • Your hobbies
  • Your health and well-being

Doing this exercise will give you clarity about a desired dream you wish to attain.

Go from a dream to attainment

Here are some easy steps to attain that important dream you discovered in the exercise above.

  1. Decide what you want
  2. Believe you can have it
  3. Believe it is possible for you
  4. Establish your priorities
  5. Make a plan
  6. Take action

Focus on what kind of life you really want and say NO to everything that stands in the way of your goals.

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Try to Be the Very Best You Can Be

Try to Be the Very Best You Can Be

Be the very best you can be!

Coach John Wooden said one of the most important things his father taught him was this:

Never try to be better than someone else, but always be learning from others. Never cease trying to be the best you can be. One is under your control; the other isn’t.

It was an idea that ultimately defined how he approached life and competition.

In his book Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court with Steve Jamison, Coach Wooden explained how he used this idea as a coach:

“Preparing UCLA for a basketball game with Louisville or Arizona or Duke or Michigan, I would tell my players, ‘We can’t control what those other fellows do to get ready. We can only control what we do to get ready. So let’s do our very best in that regard and hope that will be good enough, yes, to outscore them. But let’s not worry about that. Instead, let’s worry about our own preparation.’

“Let’s say I want to build a car—maybe a Ford or a Chevrolet or a Plymouth. I want to build it the best I can possibly build it. Will it be better than a Cadillac or a Mercedes? That’s irrelevant.

“If I’m building a Ford, I simply want to build the very best Ford I can build. That’s all I can do: to come close to my level of competency, not somebody else’s. I have nothing to do with theirs, only mine.

“To worry about whether what I’m building is going to be better than what somebody else is building elsewhere is to worry needlessly. I believe that if I’m worried about what’s going on outside, it will detract from my preparation inside.

“My concern, my focus, my total effort should be on building the very best Ford I can build. I did that in coaching high school teams and in coaching college teams. My focus was on making that team, that group of individuals, the best they were capable of becoming, whether it was a Ford or a Cadillac.

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What Do You Want To Do With Your Life?

What Do You Want To Do With Your Life?

What do you want to do with your life?

It’s a question almost everyone asks…

It’s also a question I don’t believe you should bother asking in the first place.

“I don’t know what I want to do in life, all I know is that it isn’t this.”

That was the sentiment a friend reflected to me. She’s in her mid-twenties, smart, savvy and hard working. But she is still stuck working jobs that don’t hover much beyond minimum wage. Every year, she tells me, that she applies for Universities, but never goes through with it. Why? Because she can’t answer that question.

Passion Evolves

I worry a lot of people fall into the same trap. The trap of believing that they need to make big life decisions before they can start doing anything. The trap that you need to be born with a passion. And the lie that being able to combine your interests with a profession is easy.

When people ask me what I’m going to be doing in five or ten years, I usually tell them I’m going to be an entrepreneur. “Oh. What’s your business going to be?” I have reason to believe this internet business could be it. Between revenues and freelance work I’m expecting to make about ten thousand dollars this year. Concentrated effort for the next four or five years could definitely make this a livable income.

But I don’t usually say that. Because it isn’t the point. In all honesty, I have no idea where I am going to be in a decade. My track record shows that my passions have evolved considerably, even over the last couple years.

Ben Casnocha, the 19-year old CEO of Comcate, shows how his passion didn’t start with a flash of insight, in the book My Start Up Life:

“It didn’t start with a dream. It didn’t start with in a garage. It didn’t even start with an innovative epiphany, which are perhaps entrepreneurs’ most overplayed recollections.” He continues, relating the story of Jerry Kaplan’s epiphany moment in Kaplan’s book, Start Up. To which Ben adds, “I wish my epiphany were as primal. It wasn’t, and most aren’t.” [emphasis mine]

As Ben shares his story of being a teenage CEO, it becomes clear that his passion evolved. There were interests in entrepreneurship and making a difference. But from these interests, he made smaller steps, each building a passion. I don’t believe his journey ever started with deciding what he wanted to do with his life.

Replace Decision With Curiosity

Instead of making definite decisions about a career path, I believe you should get curious. Get curious about the way the world works. Notice your own interests and find small ways you can exercise passion in something. Even if you can’t find a way to make money off of it yet.

The bridge from passion to money-maker can’t be made hastily. Interests often get discarded because they cannot be immediately relayed into a source of income. And therefore aren’t as important as work that does.