9 Simple Habits That Will Change Your Life

 You are in control of how you live your life.

Your daily habits, especially the small efforts, have a huge impact on the bigger picture you're trying to make happen.

By taking consistent action, even micro steps, you can transform your life beyond your wildest dreams. All you have to do is figure what habits are worth doing. I've rounded up 9 habits for you to explore because it's time you start living your best life.

What Kind Of Habits Change Your Life?

Life changing habits are ones that set you up for success like "anchor habits". Anchor habits connect new habits to existing ones and help establish a new routine.

Here's an example of how to anchor a habit:

  1. Identify a new habit or behavior
  2. Choose an anchor which should be a deeply established routine
  3. Stack the two habits together by combining the new habit with the anchor
  4. Prime your environment to be successful by setting up reminders to do the new habit
  5. Celebrate your small wins to reinforce more positive behavior

How Long Does Habit Building Take?

Habits can take as long as 21 to 60 days to become a consistent part of your routine. However, you are unique and will build a new practice in the amount of time that is right for you.

9 Habits That Will Change Your Life

1. Use The 80/20 Rule

Joseph M. Juran was first to point out this universal principle also known as the "Pareto" rule. Juran applied the 80/20 idea to business management and named it after Wilfredo Pareto, a 19th century Italian economist. 

Pareto was a philosopher, economists, political scientist, and sociologist. He observed in 1800s Italy that 80% of the land was owned by only 20% of the population.

This observation of patterns works for almost anything. The cool thing is you can use the 80/20 rule to change your life by doing activities that produce the greatest results.

For example, test out what results you get by working only on activities that generate the biggest impact toward your life goals. The percentages may not always be exact but the core idea stays the same: 80% of the results comes from 20% of the efforts.

2. Create A Morning Routine 

Morning routines empower your day. One great example: try a 10-minute morning stretch routine to wake up your body and mind, followed by writing down three things you're grateful for. Not only does this give you time for yourself, you're also accomplishing objectives early on before the day gets busy.

3. Make Exercise A Priority

Exercise offers healthy benefits that can change your life immediately and for the long term. Whenever you exercise your brain releases serotonin and endorphins, two hormones responsible for reducing stress. Plus they can help raise your mood and boost energy levels so that your more productive for important things like changing your life for the better.

4. Control Your Time

When you take control of your time, you take control of your life. One way to honor your availability is by saying no to opportunities that don’t support your goals. Time is precious, so make a plan for how you will respond to requests for your time.

5. Read Books To Expand Your Knowledge

Make space to read every day. Fifteen minutes per day will grow your mind and ideas significantly. For perspective, if you read daily for 15 minutes by the end of the week, you'll have read for one hour and fifteen minutes. In that time you will have learned new concepts that you can apply to your own lifestyle..

6. Write Down Your Goals

Writing down your goals is the best way to stay connected to making them a reality.

A report published by Science Daily explains that handwriting notes onto paper “…strengthens the learning process…”. Consider journaling or keeping a notepad for jotting down all the important ambitions you desire to achieve.

7. Manage Emotions

Controlling emotions influences how effectively you work through circumstances that arise in your life that may affect achieving your life changing goals. The art of managing feelings is like emotional fitness. Over time you can learn to monitor reactions so that your quality of life is always improving. 

8. Practice Spirituality

Developing your spirituality encourages tapping into of a part of yourself that exists beyond the physical world that we all know. Developing a spiritual connection is possible through. meditation, prayer, creative expression and mindfulness.

9. Create a Nighttime Routine

Night routines help prepare your mind and body for rest and relaxation. Here are a few ideas for creating your nightly wind down session::

  1. Take a short walk breathing in the fresh air
  2. Recuperate in a warm shower or bath
  3. Drink non decaffeinated herbal tea
  4. Write in a journal
  5. Light a candle 
  6. Listen to music designed for relaxation 

Conclusion

The habits you choose to adopt can profoundly impact your well-being and overall happiness. You have the power to transform your life and become the best version of yourself. Trust in your ability to create positive change, and you can do it by using habits. Remember that each step you take brings you closer to the life you desire. Here's to living with intention, purpose, and joy, one habit at a time. For more inspiration that you can apply in your own life read,"7 Ways I Show Up For Myself (and How You Can Too)"

Xoxo, 

Nicole

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