3 Small Habits that will Change Your Life Forever
After 22 years of researching how to life a more successful life, I think these are the top 3 small life habits that have made the BIGGEST difference.
1. Daily Appreciations (before bedtime)
The human mind will default to focussing on the negative…about yourself, others and life in general. Yet it’s a universal truth that what you focus on grows…so that will get you more of what you don’t want. The good news is that you can train your brain to focus on the positive and on what you DO want.
Each night before sleep write down 3 things you appreciate.
#1 About yourself (e.g. went for a walk in nature)
#2 About someone else (e.g. Laura for helping me at work)
#3 About a life circumstances (e.g. view of the mountains)
It gives you a better night’s sleep, helps you let go of regrets from the day, and improves life satisfaction and success, because what you focus on grows.
2. Mentally Rehearse Your Day (first thing in the morning)
Many top achievers use this trick – pro athletes, musicians, actors, sales people, company leaders, etc. As you wake up, through run your mind the things that are coming up in your day. Instead of worrying about them, imagine them going well. For example:
#1 Imagine calmly and smartly prioritizing your day
#2 Imagine getting ready in time for an important meeting
#2 Imagine a successful conclusion to a prospecting conversation
Intention is very powerful and most of us underutilize this skill. It will greatly increase your chances of having a great day.
3. Stop to Orient Yourself to the Now (midday)
Around midday, stop for one minute and orient yourself to the present moment. Use your five senses – sight, sound, feelings, touch, smell. For example:
#1 – I see the sunlight shining on a tree outside
#2 – I feel the floor under my feet
#3 – I smell soup heating up in the kitchen
Most people are racing around lost in their heads. This can fragment the mind and cause disharmony and stress. Getting present like this, even for just 1 minute triggers relaxation hormones and lightens your mood.
Which small habits have changed your life?
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