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7 Daily Habits to Change Your Life Forever

 

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” —John C. Maxwell

 

The course of our lives is determined more than anything else by the everyday choices we make. And for the individual we become, these decisions are more influential than we often know.

Habits become so subtly ingrained, automatic, and sometimes creep slowly into your life that they become routine. So if you want to make a difference to your life, begin by changing one thing you do every day.

But it can be difficult to alter. So let me give today a list of 7 easy, everyday habits that will change your life forever in a positive way.

Any of these practises can be done each day in just a few minutes. And I’ve personally seen both of them change the course of my life.

1. 3-Item List To-Do.

My life has been revolutionised by the 3-item to-do list. I write down the three most important tasks every morning with my cup of coffee that I need to complete the day. It is a procedure that I do not recommend enough.

You will stay focused on your goals on the 3-item to-do list. But more than that, it will encourage you to feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day (assuming you accomplish them). It took away my “I never get enough done” feeling and replaced it with “I accomplished my most important job.” And that is a lovely feeling.

2. The workout.

I had a mentor named Jeff when I lived in Vermont, who I looked up to quite a bit (still do actually). Jeff used to ask me an odd question, along with other guys, when we would spend time together.

“He would ask, “So, do you remain involved physically? ”

I used to think that my physical health worried Jeff, which I’m sure he was. But as I have introduced a regular practise of exercise, I have found that the advantages are not only physical, but also mental and emotional.

Jeff knew a significant key to a safe and efficient life was physical activity.

Don’t overthink “daily exercise.” This doesn’t have to be a daily 3-mile sprint or tennis match. Go for a stroll, stretch, mow the lawn, exercise to a YouTube video, or have sex.

3. Switch the television off.

Not only are the adverse impacts of television harmful to our lives, the cost of opportunity is great. There are just better things we should do with our lives, more life-fulfilling things than watching someone else live theirs.

Years ago, when we wanted to watch less TV, we were instantly compelled to fill our evenings with another thing. Surprisingly, seeking a more life-giving pursuit than television wasn’t that difficult.

As a family, we have been spending more time together. We have been spending more time outside. I have begun to write more. I more often visited the gym. I took more control over my life and my decisions.

Both of these are positive stuff, healthy habits, and cutting out television presented me with an opportunity to pursue them. The same will happen for you.

4. Gratitude Exercise.

Just say a prayer. Keep a Journal of Thanks. Only meditate. Or share with your family the high points of your day over dinner.

Whatever works best for you, show appreciation every single day at some point.

Gratitude reframes our conditions. It drives out dissatisfaction. It focuses our attention in our lives to the positive stuff. It brings attentiveness and deliberacy. And this places our behaviour more accurately in relation to the cosmos and the world around us.

Gratitude is a discipline to practise everyday, as a habit. And that’s when we need it most, when appreciation is the hardest to find.

5. Anything compose.

Please sit down and write something every day. Something. To share with the world, it can be a 3-sentence post on Instagram, a 3-paragraph private journal entry, or a 3-page blog post.

It means much less when your writing wraps up than the effect it will have on your life.

In a more observant way, the habit of writing can cause you to see the universe. Conversations, situations, and partnerships you will reconsider.

I heard Dawson Trotman’s old quote once, “Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through their lips and fingertips.” And I can’t tell you how real it is. Writing allows us to think differently and connect with the world around us better.

I was recently asked on Twitter, “Do you intend to keep blogging with the growth of YouTube and video content?” “My reply was, “Yeah, yes. I discovered that when I write, I think and live better, because it helps me to become more observant. Since I started writing, I am a better person.

6. Make your kitchen reset.

Clean your kitchen each night before you go to bed.

It will help brighten your mood in the morning in a practical sense. After all, there are few items that are less attractive in the early morning than having to clean up the mess of yesterday.

The habit helps make your morning in the kitchen happier… and easily spills over into other everyday activities based on keeping your home clean. By the way, if it seems too difficult to reset your kitchen every evening, if you own less stuff, you’ll find it easier.

There is a magical thing about not bringing the chaos of yesterday through today, and this practise goes well beyond clutter.

7. Together to feed.

Of course, I understand that if you are living alone, this final habit does not apply. But I fear that there are so many individuals living together who do not extend this habit to their lives, either.

Whether you’re a mom… or a spouse… or a girlfriend… or a roommate, make every effort to have one meal per day together. Food becomes a bonding experience when shared with others that is impossible to duplicate somewhere else.

One of the few times of our day when we sit down facing each other is meals around a table. As food nourishes our physical body, our soul is nourished by culture and relationships. Without sharing meals together with those we love most, it is hard to be an intentional parent or partner.

Again, this everyday habit will not be possible for all. If it is, however, do not hesitate to make it a priority. There are many who will happily swap places with you.

Choose the above habit and start doing it everyday. Just one—not all seven.

If you take control of your habits, you begin taking control of your life. Positive outcomes will come from all of this list.

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