Starting With New Habits

 “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle.
Establishing new habits isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s not fun. It can take weeks and sometimes months to create a new habit, to replace the bad habit. But, where do you start? Any time that you want to implement a change in your lifestyle, you must be willing to change your habits. It doesn’t have to be anything new or ground breaking, it just has to be consistent.  The following are some of my favorite habits to recommend to clients to start off with, ASAFP.
1.
Go to bed on time.  Our bodies are circadian, meaning we operate best (hormonal system and all) by the patterns of the sun.  Our endocrine (hormonal system) responds not only to sunlight but also to darkness.  I like to be ASLEEP by no later than 9:45pm and also sleep in total darkness.  In fact, here’s my new sleeping buddy:  The Bucky!  (Don’t judge me)
2.
Wake up on time.  I like to wake up between 4:30 & 5am to get the most out of my day.  How often do you wake up at a certain hour WITHOUT your alarm clock?  Even our sleeping pattern habits are engrained in the deepest part of our brain and just like flipping on a light switch when we enter the bathroom, our bodies will wake up based on conditioned-habits.  That might equate to 2-3 more hours of productivity in your day.  If you need 8 hours of sleep, I’d suggest you need to sleep faster.
3.
Put yourself in a state of gratitude.  Gratitude is the opposite of fear.  You cannot be fearful and grateful at the same time. It’s easy for us to wake up and become overwhelmed at the sheer amount of work that we “must” accomplish each day but when you’re grateful for all that we have immediately in the morning,  you’ll help set the stage for gratitude throughout the day, thereby eliminating life-inhibiting, fear.
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Ask yourself how you can serve?  One question I’ve gotten into the HABIT of asking myself each morning is, “How many people am I going to help today?”  Sometimes I think of clients and sometimes I think of family members.  There is no wrong answer to how many people you can help today.  Each of us can help at least 1 person a day because all of us carry a library of knowledge and experience inside ourselves. You can hold the door open for someone, call an old friend, mentor a youth athlete, volunteer for your kids soccer game, write a thank you letter.  There is NO wrong way to serve.
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Give Glory to God.  I make no secret about being Catholic and if I’m going to have a day of fulfillment and SUCCESS, I can only do it with the help of Christ.  There is no wrong way to give gratitude and glory to God but just like your mom or your dad, He does appreciate a phone call, email or text message every once and a while.  Have a sacred space and a sacred time in your home to give thanks and praise to the Spirit, the Universe or whom/whatever you choose.

6. Big 5.  That’s 5 goals a week.  5 doesn’t should like much but when you multiply 5 goals a day by 5 days a week, that’s 25 goals a week, or 1300 goals a year.  Talk about productivity! What are the 5 most important things you must get accomplished for the day that requires your hyper-focused attention?  That’s right, I said HYPER-FOCUS.  Forget multi-tasking, that’s a thing of the past.  Today, we need to LASER or HYPER-FOCUS for peak-productivity.

If you would like to know more about developing habits, setting goals, staying accountable or personal development, please contact me personally and the team and I will do our best to guide and serve you. 
 
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