5 Habits That Can Improve Your Life
Here are the five most powerful habits I have found and implemented that have been life-changing.
- Keep written goals.
- Say “no” to almost everything.
- Follow your energy.
- Positive thinking.
- Stay Mindful.
Let’s explore each one in more detail and see how you can adopt them into your own life for better results on your life’s journey.
1. Keep written goals
What is one habit that will change your life? Writing down goals in all areas of your life.
Do you ever feel like you’re just going through the motions of life without any real direction? It’s a familiar feeling that can be easily remedied by setting written goals.
Writing down your goals is a small habit that can significantly impact your life. When you have clear goals in mind, you’re more likely to take action toward achieving them. You’ll have a sense of purpose and direction and are less likely to get sidetracked by distractions or obstacles.
But it’s not just about writing down your goals; it’s about making them specific, measurable, and achievable. Instead of saying, “I want to be rich,” try setting a goal to save a certain amount of money each month and start developing an investing or trading system. Or make plans for a business you can start. You can create an action plan and track your progress when you have specific goals.
Keeping written goals also helps you stay accountable. When you have a record of your goals, you can see what you’ve accomplished and what still needs to be done. It’s a way to hold yourself accountable and stay motivated, even when things get tough.
- Written goals can clarify your true desires in all areas of your life.
- Quantified goals can give your subconscious targets to move toward.
- If you know your goals, you will tend to make better decisions at crucial moments.
- Goals can give you context for what you do in all areas of your life.
So, take some time to think about what you want to achieve in life, and start writing down your goals. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve with a clear direction and a sense of purpose.
2. Say “no” to almost everything
Have you ever felt overwhelmed and burnt out because you took on too many commitments? It’s a common problem in today’s fast-paced world, and one of the reasons is that people have a hard time saying no. We want to be helpful, we don’t want to disappoint others, or we might even feel guilty for not doing more. However, saying yes to everything can negatively affect your mental health, productivity, finances, and happiness.
Learning to say “no” is a small habit that can significantly impact your life. By saying no to things that don’t align with your goals, priorities, or values, you create space for what’s important to you. You can prioritize your time and energy on things that bring you prosperity, joy, and fulfillment and feel more in control of your life.
Of course, sometimes saying yes is necessary or beneficial, but it’s essential to do so consciously and intentionally. When faced with a new opportunity, ask yourself if it’s something you truly want or need. Saying “no” might feel uncomfortable initially, but the more you practice, the easier it will become.
The best time management technique is the word “no.”
“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” – Warren Buffett
3. Follow your energy
Do you find yourself dragging through the day, feeling drained and unproductive? One of the reasons could be that you’re not following your energy. When doing things that align with our interests and passions, we tend to have more energy, focus, and motivation. Also, how we time our workflow and activities can create a better system for our rhythm and energy.
Following your energy is about doing what feels right for you instead of what you think you should be doing. It’s about listening to your intuition and inner voice and trusting yourself to make the right decisions.
Work energy can be seen on the macro and micro levels. Find a career, job, or business you are passionate about that creates energy for you. Then you need to only work for bosses and companies that inspire and energize you for the pay and benefits they offer. Follow your energy for where you work and who you work for.
Different people have different daily rhythms for work, and getting a job that reflects your energy cycle is more productive. For most people, this is a day job; for others, it could be they prefer to sleep in and work later in the day or even at night.
One way to follow your energy is to identify what activities bring you purpose and fulfillment. It could be anything from reading a book, walking in nature, or spending time with loved ones. Make time for these activities, and notice how you feel afterward. Feeling energized, you’ll be more productive, creative, and happier.
Most entrepreneurs can plan their whole day in a way that optimizes their energy with both the tasks they choose to do and the timing of their workflow.
The most successful people follow their energy. That is the first step to outworking your competition.
4. Positive thinking
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7.
Our thoughts can indeed have a powerful impact on our lives. Positive thinking focuses on the good things instead of dwelling on the negative.
Positive thinking can have many benefits, including reduced stress, improved mental health, and increased resilience. When we focus on the positive, we’re more likely to see opportunities instead of obstacles and better handle challenges.
One way to practice positive thinking is to reframe negative thoughts into positive ones. For example, instead of saying, “I can’t do this,” try saying, “I’ll do my best and see what happens.” It’s a slight shift in mindset, but it can significantly impact how you approach challenges.
Positive thinking has an edge in energy and beliefs over negativity and realism. All great things that have been done started with the belief that they could be. A positive mindset doesn’t guarantee success; a negative mindset almost guarantees failure. Realism usually guarantees stagnation and staying where you are in life.
5. Stay Mindful
Mindfulness is being present and fully engaged in the current moment without judgment or distraction. It’s about being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings and noticing what’s happening without reacting. It can make you more aware of how you affect others by creating emotional intelligence through awareness.
Mindfulness can have many benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety, improved focus and concentration, and increased self-awareness. By staying mindful, you can better manage your emotions and make more intentional choices.
One way to stay mindful is to maintain awareness of the present moment, practice meditation daily, or do deep breathing exercises. Set aside a few minutes daily to sit quietly and focus on your breath. Notice any thoughts or feelings, and observe them without judgment. Another way to stay mindful is to be fully present in your daily activities, whether washing the dishes, walking the dog, or conversing with a friend. You’ll feel more connected and grounded by fully engaging in the present moment.
Mindfulness helps you bring all your energy and focus into the present moment to accomplish your goals. Mindfulness stops the mental and emotional time-traveling into the past and future.
Small habits can have a massive impact on your life. You can create a more fulfilling and balanced life by saying”no” to things that don’t align with your goals, following your energy, practicing positive thinking, and staying mindful.
It’s important to remember that change takes time and effort, so don’t expect to see immediate results. But by consistently practicing these small habits, you’ll notice a positive shift in your mindset and overall well-being.
Remember that it’s okay to make mistakes and have setbacks along the way. The important thing is to keep going and stay committed to your goals. Over time, these small habits will become part of your daily routine, and you’ll reap the benefits of a more intentional and fulfilling life.
So, take a moment to reflect on your current habits and see if you can make any minor changes to improve your well-being by adopting these new habits as your mental model. Whether saying no to that extra commitment or taking a few minutes daily to practice mindfulness, every small step counts towards a happier and healthier life.