Your daily routine influences your life’s direction and how confident you feel in getting to where you want to go. Most of us get stuck in the grind of the day-to-day busyness. The following looks at the daily habits of successful people living intuitively to get them where they want to go.
Defining good habits
Good habits definition: a habit is a routine
of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. (Wikipedia)
Forming good daily habits helps us succeed. Psychologist, philosopher, and author of Habit, William James, explains that without habitual processes we would find it difficult and exhausting to accomplish even everyday tasks such as tying our shoes or dressing ourselves.
Since habits allow us to perform a series of actions without much cognitive effort, we define good habits as those routines we do ‘on automatic’ and which benefit our quality of life.
Good habits make living a quality life easier!
A positive habits list makes sense.
To truly change your life you need to change your daily actionsTheresa Cheung, Author
Daily Habits for success – Living Intuitively
Habits are not only formed from repetitive behavior, but also from repeated thought, emotion, and perception.
A daily healthy habits list of Successful People Living intuitively
The following is based on daily routines of successful people living intuitively.
Having good habits to start the day sets you on the path to success. The list is useful for all, including children and students. A parent that adopts daily positive habits leads their children by example and encourages them to form similar life habits that will serve them well in their journey through life.
1. Nourish Your Body
On every healthy habits list: Eat healthily!
Start the day with a healthy breakfast. It will give your body the nutrients it needs to sustain energy and alertness for a day of success.
But there’s more to nourishing the body.
Go outside and get a dose of natural early morning light.
Every single day, you should do this.
It will support your circadian rhythm and set your internal clock for a good sound night’s sleep. It will help with mood, learning, and memory as well.
It’s a simple thing, but it is one of the best daily habits in living intuitively in tune with nature and it free.
As Earthlings, we are designed to thrive from a daily dose of sunshine. We are diurnal creatures.
Natural light on our body produces vitamin D, which supports healthy bones, good eye shape for vision, among other physical and mental benefits.1
Spend 5 minutes reflecting. Don’t make it a self-criticism session. But rather, look at what needs changing but also what has been achieved.
Reflecting is one of those daily habits that will improve your mindset to live intuitively.
Ask: What can I change or not?
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.Søren Kierkegaard
Part of personal development and developing healthy habits of the mind is to start with the one thing about yourself in the present moment that interferes with you achieving success.
An example: You might spend time on important tasks yet get distracted because you feel you need to pay attention to social media for five minutes. Before you know it, that time spent ends up much longer than you intended.
Examples of reflecting habits for healthy mindset
Spending just 5 minutes journaling at the start or end of the day is a powerful tool to open yourself to improvement. Things to journal about:
- Where do you want to be
- A new step towards achieving happiness (even a small one)
- Whatever you need to get off your chest
Good habits of a person looking to improve their mindset can also include using a gratitude diary. Entering at least three things to be grateful for each day can change your perspective to a positive winning one.
After a month of practicing gratitude this way, I noticed a marked difference in my perspective. It is a powerful tool in helping to change bad thought habits formed by your inner critic, which generally gets in the way of anyone’s achievements.
All you need for a gratitude diary is a notebook – it can be digital, but I find hard copy works best for me. Make the writing journal a special one, like a dedicated gratitude journal.
If you find something you are dissatisfied with, look for a solution, find the positive.
If you have unproductive feelings, acknowledge them and then visualize putting them in a balloon and floating it out the window – gone!
You now have a clear start for visualizing an improved life. Visualizing is the next part of this habit ‘stack’ – a 10-minute time slot perhaps – a small investment for the overall outcome.
3. Visualize success
Visualizing success is one of those top habits that you don’t have to schedule as you can do it anywhere, anytime, and conjointly with another good habit. You just need to prompt yourself to do it.
Visualization is a powerful tool for attracting success.
This could be one of those habits to develop with practice and persistence for the payoff.
It involves using your imagination to form a mental picture of you being happy with the desired outcome.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere!Albert Einstein
Get comfortable. Find the perfect cushion if you need to and deeply relax. Best results come from being “in the flow” or alpha state of mind. Meditation will get you into this state as well as journaling and deep breathing techniques.
Spend 5 minutes visualizing how your day will unfold as you would like it. Imagine achieving the desires you’ve just reflected upon and each step needed to achieve these. Imagine the things you smell, hear, taste, and see, and how you feel emotionally.
Many successful professionals in health, education, business, sports, and creative arts use this technique to succeed.
Be patient and continue practicing it as a daily schedule for success.
“…we always attract into our lives whatever we think about the most, believe in most strongly, EXPECT on the deepest levels, and/or imagine most vividly.”Shakti Gawain (author of Creative Visualization)
My 4P rule is patience + persistence + positivity = payoffs.
4. Move that body
Humans are built to move and to be in motion and so moving is a habit of life.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.Albert Einstein
Reasons this is one of those habits to build on…
- Increases oxygen to the brain
- Sharpens focus and concentration
- Ups overall productivity
- Aids digestion
- Uplifts mood
How to schedule in more movement
Modern work places mean we sit more and move less.
So try to introduce more incidental movement into your day by consciously choosing to get up from your work station and move around whether to get a refreshment or to choose to converse with a colleague rather than send an email. You could also try doing some stretches at your workstation.
As well, schedule in an activity at lunchtime or before or after work.
5. Set good intentions
Setting good intentions for the day and trusting in the outcome beats worry and stress and is a daily routine of successful people who live intuitively.
The trust that everything will be okay.
It might be one of those new habits to try – the power of expectancy.
Remember…Jedi Master Yoda’s reply in the Empire Strikes Back:
When Luke Skywalker’s exclaimed: “I don’t believe it!”
Yoda replied: “that…is why you fail.”
Believe. Expect that your world will be as it should. This is a mindset.
You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win and EXPECT to win ― Zig Ziglar
You are limited by what you believe and your life habits…
It is seen in personal bests of weightlifters, in people mimicking their avatars, and even with wine tasting.
How to schedule this habit
It’s a mindset.
Practice a set of affirmations, prayer, chants, song, or whatever resonates with you to set good intentions. You can do this while you are brushing your teeth, in the shower, or combine it with your morning walk or other physical movement activity.
Expect a little miracle
Expect a little help
Expect it to be easy~ The Universe
According to Mark Manson, the reason we fail is that “The mind’s unconscious beliefs about possibilities inform the level of effort and expectation of success from the body’s behavior.”
Steps in developing good habits
Developing new habits is not easy.
A new habit will take a minimum of 21 days to form according to Maxwell Maltz, author of Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life. But it could be up to be two months to become automatic.
How to make something a habit? Repeat it enough times that it becomes second nature.
Persistence is the key.
A habit tracker can help you reflect on what you’ve achieved. In this way, it’s a good motivational tool.
Tip 1: Choose an anchor as a trigger for you to start the thing/s you want to develop as habits. Brushing your teeth could be an anchor for this habit.
Tip 2: Keep a track of your efforts each day (a habit tracker is used for this) as this will help keep you motivated and committed to forming the habits.
- The hardest part is to practice the habits every day. It’s tempting to say: “I don’t have time” or “I’m too busy”. That’s the ego. The inner knowing voice says “make time!”
- Try swapping the daily news (which is often negative and misleading), 15 min on FB or on Netflix with your habit stack or any from your good habits list.
- A good habits app may help e.g. A Way of Life
How to schedule your day for success
Try stacking your habits of nourish, movement, reflect, visualize, and set intentions.
Here’s a simple example of habits bundled into a daily schedule for success.
- Give yourself a dose of sunshine and set intentions of success for the day during a morning walk or other movement ritual you’ve chosen.
- Sit quietly for a moment of reflection and then through meditation or another relaxation technique proceed to visualize success. (Tips: Have a journal or other writing material handy for reflections.)
- Nourish your body with a healthy breakfast.
Quitting bad habits
A behavior or routine that is repeated regularly and which causes harm to you or others in the short or long term is my ‘bad habit’ definition.
There are plenty of examples of bad habits. On my personal list of bad habits …was smoking. I started this when I was 14.
It’s one of those common bad habits that you find hard to break because you associate it with socializing, finishing off a meal, and partaking of a coffee or work break.
I remember when my dad quit smoking (as strong-willed as he was) he replaced it with snacking, aka ‘bad’ eating habits. He gained weight and it wasn’t long before he suffered a heart attack. He then had to switch to a strict low-cholesterol diet for life.
So to quit smoking, I learned I needed to form healthy lifestyle habits at the same time.
Instead of reaching for that smoke, I would go for a walk, drink a glass of water, eat a piece of fruit, or take a shower.
I made new associations, ditching the cigarette that had long been my prop, my sidekick.
It took conscious effort in breaking my habit of reaching for that cigarette when the urge arose. But, I did it.
No joking, it takes commitment and persistence in breaking bad habits. But, change your habits, change your life.
How to break bad habits? How to form good ones?
It is not easy to quit or stop bad habits and the same applies to the forming of good ones.
Have you some bad habits you’ve broken? How hard was that?
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