Many of us have unconscious habits that can be destructive, even though we don’t realize it. To make our lives better, successful, and happier, it’s crucial that we make an effort to adopt these ten positive habits that have been proven to improve life outcomes. Integrating them into our daily lives is sure to have a positive effect!
1. Re-think your morning coffee.
Many of us feel we can’t function properly without our morning dose of caffeine, but new studies show we may perform better by cutting out the stimulant altogether.
As professionals, we shouldn’t look to external sources for motivation. Our drive and energy should come from within – something a hot cup of coffee can’t replace.
2. Pray or meditate throughout the day, every day.
If meditation isn’t already a staple of your daily routine, try it – you may be surprised by the results.
Meditation and prayer allow you to look deeper into your subconscious, allowing you to:
- Find motivation
- Evaluate your actions
- Reflect on your day
- Find clarity and focus
It’s not uncommon for successful, happy people to meditate morning, afternoon, and night.
3. Take time to read.
Reading is a staple of any successful entrepreneur’s schedule. By reading, you can get an inside look at some of the greatest minds in history. Books serve as a personal mentor – as if your role models are instructing you to chase your dream.
The more often you read, the better – but try to read at least one book a week.
4. Keep a daily journal.
Journaling has been around for centuries, offering many benefits to entrepreneurs. By keeping a journal, you can:
- Reflect on your decisions
- Manifest your goals more quickly
- Clarify and outline your goals and your progress toward achieving them
- Clear your emotions
Journaling doesn’t have to take more than a few minutes each day – usually, five minutes is more than enough.
5. Actively check off items on your bucket list.
Your bucket list shouldn’t be a list of activities you wish to do right before you die – it should be a list of goals you want to attain throughout your life.
Stop pretending you’ll live forever and begin working on your bucket list.
6. Cut refined sugar from your diet.
Refined sugar is essentially poison to your mind and body. It contains no nutrients, harms your body, and disrupts your metabolism.
Cut refined sugar from your diet to see drastic changes in your overall health.
7. Fast food and internet at least once per week.
As unbelievable as it may sound, fasting has many benefits for your body. By cutting out all food and caloric beverages from your diet for at least 24 hours per week, you’ll see improvements in your digestive system and mental clarity. Fasting improves not only your physical & psychological health but also your financial wellness, allowing you to cut back on grocery bills without making significant sacrifices.
Fasting from food has existed for centuries, but fasting from the internet is a new practice. Take one day out of the week to shut down your computer and stay away from the web. This will help you reconnect with yourself and those around you and help you re-focus on your goals.
8. Turn off the news channels.
Mainstream media is a business like any other, and they know what makes money: sensationalism. Studies show fewer deaths due to warfare and human action than ever before, but the mainstream media portrays the world as a place of doom and gloom.
Indeed, bad things happen worldwide, but you shouldn’t allow these events to interfere with your focus. Instead, look to Google News for carefully curated news stories that present balanced, accurate accounts of recent events.
9. Do something terrifying and do something kind every day.
As people, many things can terrify us – from skydiving to something as simple as a phone call. We’re not saying you should go skydiving every day, but you can do one small task which terrifies you – making a phone call, asking a question, or pitching an idea. You’ll be surprised to see how much growth you can achieve by confronting your apprehensions.
In addition, do something kind for another individual every day. Smile at everyone you meet, and take the time to help others.
10. Go to bed, wake up early, and get a healthy sleep.
It may have been fun in high school to stay up far past your bedtime, but staying up until 4 AM is no benefit to your future as a professional. The most successful people in history were known to get up at the crack of dawn, and to this day, most successful entrepreneurs go to bed and wake up early. This helps keep you focused and gives you the entire day to achieve your goals.
Getting up early doesn’t mean you should cut out any of your much-needed sleep. Four hours of sleep does not give your body and mind the energy it needs to function, which can seriously impact your overall health and daily performance. Get at least seven hours of sleep each night to encourage:
- Better memory.
- Increased creativity.
- Lower stress.
- Better attention and focus.
- Lower risk of depression.
- Decrease the risk of car accidents.
What are your tips for living a healthy, happy, and successful life? Which lifestyle choices have you made to improve your health, happiness, and performance? Let us know in the comments below!