I’m now on the 12th day of my very own self-imposed 30-day blog post challenge because I wanted to make daily blogging a habit, a way of life. I didn’t want blogging to take a back seat anymore because writing has always been my way of like since I was a little child. And in the past 11 days that I’ve consistently written and shared my thoughts and experiences, I noticed a huge leap in my levels of happiness and contentment. And isn’t that what’s more important? We only live once so we might as well do things that make us happy (within the boundaries of social norms of course!) and hopefully help and inspire other people to be happy and do what makes them fulfilled as well.
Today, I want to dig a little bit deeper into habit-making. I’ve already taught you How to Do What You Love Each Day, and this is in consonance with that. Do you notice that there are people who always make their dreams come true while there are others who always seem to run out of luck? It’s all about their habits. Success and failures are not actions. They are the results of the habits we do every single day.
Perhaps, you have this small habit of watching TV for extended hours instead of exercising or doing something more productive. Maybe you’re the type who is perpetually late for work. Maybe you have this habit of putting off urgent matters. Or maybe you smoke too much and would like to quit but just can’t.
These are just some of the things a lot of us wish we can change to make our lives a little better but somehow, we always fail at stopping them. I’ve been there before. I’ve smoked myself to sickness; I’ve bummed for a long period of time; I was always late for work; I used to procrastinate all the time. On several different occasions, I just decided to stop them and replace them with new and good habits and since then, my life has been better. If I can do it, so can you.
Here’s how: TAKE THE 30-DAY CHALLENGE
- Choose ONE bad habit you have and replace it with something else. Maybe you start your day with coffee which is a very acidic substance and bad for your tummy. Replace it with drinking lemon water instead (without sugar) which alkalinizes our body instead preventing inflammation.
- Be specific about what you want to accomplish. For example, instead of saying “I will exercise every day.” make it “I will go to the gym and exercise from 6-8am, MWFSun and go biking around the village 6-8am TThSat.”
- Once you find a replacement for your bad habit, do it for thirty days. According to psychologists, 21 days is actually enough to stop any bad habit. But we want to go beyond the passing grade so we’re going for thirty.
- Do it consistently. If you stop, then it’s back to zero and back to day 1.
- Study the good habit you want to acquire. Perhaps, you want to start a small home business. So instead of watching telenovelas at night, you can spend an hour or two of research online about this business that you want to pursue.
- Find support. Ask friends, families, and colleagues who may be embarking on the same endeavor as you. Find a gym buddy, a business partner, or friends who will want to support you in your pursuit of better life.
If you do this every month, by the end of 2018, you would have changed at least 6 bad habits and acquired 6 new awesome ones! Think how better your life will be by then! And wouldn’t it be awesome to do this again come 2019? You’ll keep becoming a better version of your previous self!
It’s almost the middle of this year and if you still haven’t gotten around to keeping your New Year’s resolutions, then this is the day to start.
Til my next post! ^_^