Good morning. While its far from the sunny weather we have been used to recently I must admit I do love a bit of rain as well so no complaints here.
I’ve an hour to spare before the first of our clients burst through the door so I want to put it to good use and help you move forward to living the highest quality life possible.
If you’re up for it, read on.
For most people, you are where you are in life as a direct result of your daily habits. If you’re fighting fit then you no doubt have habits that include regular training, nutritious food, adequate water, etc.
If, on the other hand, you are excessively overweight, feel tired all the time, unhappy with your current fitness levels, etc. then you more than likely have habits that include being inactive, eating too much processed junk food, sitting down a lot, excessive sugar consumption, etc.
Aristotle said it best
So if you accept that your habits massively impact your life (and I hope you do) then having more good habits than bad is a great idea. It’s not rocket science- more good habits equals a higher quality life. More bad habits equals a lower quality life.
And if you’re like me then you have a ton of habits that you could be working on right now to step you health and fitness up level.
Maybe it’s your sleep habit. Or your exercise habit. Or you training habit. Or your smoking habit. Or your spending habit. Or complaining habit. Or your watching too much tv habit. Or your partying to much habit.
Whatever habits you think you need to work on is up to you and there is always something.
Over the past few years I have changed lots of my negative habits and replaced them with more empowering and life-rewarding habits so today I want to share with you my current method for developing positive habits and incorporating them into your life.
- If you’re a bit sceptical whether or not they work, I’ve used these strategies myself to:
- pay off €50,000 of debt in 18 months
- go from 12-0 cans of coke/lucozade a day
- quit drinking alcohol which was having a huge negative impact on my life
- Mediate every day
- Clear up a skin condition that covered my torso for ears
- Clear up gastritis- a horribly painful stomach condition
- Replace going to bed at 3am in the morning to 10pm in the evening
- Start saving regularly
For myself at least, I know this works and I know it will work for you as we’ll if you apply it.
So lets get into it.
That’s it but i think i might need to explain it a bit more!
- C- choose your habit which as I said earlier is totally up to you.
- E- id educate yourself on your chosen habit. Once you know what it is you want to change, read blogs about it, watch youtube videos about it, listen tom podcasts about it as you drive to work or as you walk. Immerse yourself into your new habit. Listen to people who’ve done it. Buy books from experts on the subject. Sign up to an online course about it. Surround yourself with others who have done what you’re looking to do. Technology puts all this at your fingertips
- I- implement what you’ve learned i.e. actually start to do the work. You have the information but information that isn’t applied is absolutely worthless. I track my habits 2 ways. One is a habit tracking sheet I have on my fridge that reminds me of what I committed to, when I started and the deadline to complete it. The 2nd way is using an app called Momentum that I use to mark it completed each day. Really useful app. Click here to have a look at it
- H- habitualise your new habit until it becomes second nature. Depending on the habit this can take anywhere from 2 weeks to several months. When I was quitting fizzy drinks I gave myself 6 months to really internalise the habit as it was such a big challenge for me.
- R- reward yourself once you have internalised your new habit. You’ve grown as a human, set yourself a challenge and overcome it. Acknowledge your efforts and then……..
- MO– move on to your next one. As Robin Sharna often says, a great quality life isn’t developed one sunny Sunday morning. It’s forged day after day, week after week and month after month through your consistent efforts and focus.
Thats it. Keep it simple. Complex doesn’t work. Pick a habit (keep it pretty small at the start), follow the above steps, review it and tweak as necessary.
We’ll finish up with the wise and powerful words of Aristotle- We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.