“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, it’s not an act but a habit” – Aristotle
Hi everyone! Hope you are having an amazing week! Today I’d like to reflect on my daily habits and the importance of practicing positive ones.
I’ve always considered myself a consistent person: if I decide to do something, I’ll do it no matter what. But if I reflect back, actually, I’ve not been as consistent as I’d like with my healthy habits. For example, for years I tied yoga and meditation but as I couldn’t focus during my practice, I easily gave up. Or reading, which I love – life gets busy and I stop it. Or being grateful – days pass by, life gets busy and I just stopped expressing gratitude for all the good things I have in my life.
Let me tell you a story. A year ago I found my current yoga studio and decided to do things differently. First, I did a beginners course and sfterwards I started going to classes once a week. It was really good but you don’t get the huge benefits that yoga practice offers by just attending a class a week. Over six months ago I made the decision to attend yoga classes a minimum of three times a week and try meditation, this time seriously (I had tried it and gave up plenty of times). I made the commitment to read a meditation book, Mindfulness for Women from Vidyamala Burch, and take it as a five week course. During this time I was determined to follow all the exercises and tasks the book gives you as homework. If I couldn’t meditate after the five weeks, then I could say meditation wasn’t for me. I started the book and my daily meditation, just 10 minute guided ones, and after a couple of weeks of consistently meditating every day (plus my yoga classes) I started feeling an amazing change. The inner peace and contentment I felt (and currently feel) was wonderful so I decided to make yoga and meditation a priority in my life and both activities became one of my positive daily habits I’m not willing to give up. The change in my soul and body was amazing: the way how I cope with things, the inner contentment, being less reactive, being more present, etc. My body also changed for the best. It really improved my quality life and it’s the reason why I highly recommend it, event for those (who like me) think that they have a very busy mind to meditate (mine is still very busy!).
Few months after starting meditation I jumped into a new adventure (that came with lots of challenges) as an Independent Consultant with an amazing health and wellness brand. I knew through other consultants that the organisation highly supports personal growth, but I was amazed when I experienced the company’s philosophy to fully support and empower their consultants through personal development as the way to success in their business. They also connected me with the importance of my morning routines and started to learn about the importance of good habits in your daily life.
I guess I already knew it -someone told me time ago- but I never digested it. Now I have consciously (and consistently) incorporated positive daily habits in my life so they can be my autopilot on the path to greatness. If I’m honest, it’s not always easy and I can sometimes go off track as life gets in the way, but my healthy dairy routines have totally enriched my life.
Let me share with you some of my daily habits, some of them very recent:
- Wake up early to do my Personal Power Hour:
- 10 minutes of meditation
- 10 minutes of visualisation, gratitude and positive affirmations
- Reading at least for 30 minutes in the morning
- Make my bed. You may think this is silly, however, as Admiral McRaven said: “Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do little things right, you will never do the big things right”. I’m very grateful to my mum who since I was a little kid got me into the habit to make my bed every morning!
- Smile to people as much as I can
- Eat healthy and clean
- Yoga or other kind of exercise: boxing, fitness class or a walk around a park
- Focus on my goals and take action steps towards them
- Check on my attitude through the day and make sure it’s excellent
- Express gratitude during the day and before going to bed
- Work in progress – Lead my life by four principles to practice in order to create love and happiness:
- Be impeccable with your words
- Don’t take anything personally
- Don’t make assumptions
- Always do your best
- Reading as much as I can
- Practicing mindfulness before going to bed and have a moment of gratitude
Here is the thing: positive habits lead you to being successful, in your personal and professional life. They will always have a positive impact, and in lots of cases, a life-changing one – which is grand!
In order to implement new positive habits I also had to look into my negative habits to swap them. For example, I had some bad habits such as being hard to let things go, being inpatient and ungrateful, beating myself up, etc. to name just a few. All these bad habits don’t serve me and don’t make any good to my wellbeing. This is the reason why I’m extremely grateful to my partner and every person who has helped me to fit my new positive habits in my busy schedule.
I also have to admit that being consistent with good habits is challenging. Sometimes life gets in the way and I go off track. However, I now try not to beat myself up. Instead, I try to do better and reconnect with my positive habits and vision to break the bad ones.
It’s all a life experience full of growth, which I love. I’m in love with my new inner calm, my new contentment and my continuous growth. Are you willing to share what are those positive habits that change your life for the best every day?
With lots of love,