Must Have Habits

A good habit is a behaviour that is beneficial to one's physical or mental health, often linked to a high level of discipline and self-control.

When you exercise your muscles over and over, they get bigger and stronger. The same is true for the connections in your brain - even the ones connected to habits.

So, that got me thinking about some of the habits that I should change. And at the same time, it got me thinking about the good habits that I already have that might benefit you as well. Here are few habits that could help you have a better life:

Gratitude

Gratitude is the surest pathway to health, happiness and success. It shifts our attention towards what we have rather than what we don't have. It's the natural abundance of simple pleasures and opportunities that we've been afforded with and blessed with that we often take for granted.

Sleeping without your phone: near your head - or in your bedroom.
A cell phone emits a blue light that interferes with sleep. But beyond the physical reasons, there are mental/psychological reasons to leave the phone somewhere else. For example, if you wake up in the middle of the night, you might be tempted to check Facebook or emails. That will wake you up even more, so it’s best not to have the temptation.

Effective time management

An essential habit for succeeding at anything in life is effective time management. How well you manage the precious little time you have says a lot about what you can achieve. And considering that we all have the same amount of time in this world, how you leverage this resource will dictate your potential for success.

Find a good system for managing your time and implement it. This isn't complex to do but does require conscious and consistent effort. However, once this habit has been solidified into your daily routine, virtually anything is possible, and no goal will be too big to attain.

Don't “drinking” calories

Do you like to drink sugary sodas to stay awake? Or maybe you love your beer? Whatever your habits, most drinks contain a lot of calories - and some of them are nothing but empty calories with no nutritional benefits whatsoever. So, if you want to cut out some calories, look at all of the ones you consume in liquid form.

Walk every day

This is one habit I’ve adopted in the last year or so. I hate to exercise, so I was trying to think of a way that I wouldn’t hate it so much. So, I tried taking walks around the neighbourhood as often as I can. I walk anywhere from 1-2 miles, which only takes me 15-30 minutes. But I’ve seen results such as weight loss with very little effort. (Park further from the office or take the stairs when you can to help boost your daily steps.)

Read

Reading is a hard habit shun: most of us would like to consider ourselves to be intelligent, and we "know" that reading is good for our brains, so why do some of us find it so hard to read consistently? First things first, the hype behind reading is true, not only has study after study has shown that reading gives a noticeable to creativity & decision making, but researchers also point to reading as being a fantastic way to improve your memory. Last but not least, the valuable information obtained from good books is hard to put a price tag on.

Inspire Yourself

It's often difficult to stay motivated for any considerable amount of time. We get discouraged and dissuaded from our goals when things arise in life that sends us on tangents and veers us off track. But one of the absolute best ways you can stay motivated in life is to inspire yourself on a daily basis.

Read, watch inspirational videos and get inspired by stories of others who have achieved their dreams. Anthony Robbins calls this your "hour of power," but you can spend as much or as little time on this as you need. Inspiration is the pathway to achievement because what the mind can conceive, it can achieve.

# Tips on Habit Formation #

Below is some of the most concise advice on habit formation that researchers in the field have been able to show works effectively. The big takeaway here is to avoid making grandiose "resolutions," as they are the most likely to be abandoned (which then huts your self-esteem & motivation).
Instead of trying to "force" a tough habit into your life all at once, try tackling it in small chunks. Focusing on walking is great, but trying to force yourself to go to the gym every day to do heavy exercise might be too much if you've never been a big gym person before. Try to use small tweaks to eliminate the friction that prevents you from getting things done. 

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