The 7 most powerful habits to have in life

Habits

In this article, I'd like to introduce you to what I believe are some of the most powerful habits you can have.


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These habits will have a profound impact in your life in the long run. This short list is far from being exhaustive, but it will give you some ideas for future habits you might want to incorporate into your daily life.

1. Setting daily goals.

Setting your goals every single day will, from my own experience, double (if not triple!) your productivity.

To set your goals, just take a pen and a piece of paper (avoid typing on the computer) and make a list of 3 to 5 tasks you want to accomplish for the day. Then, prioritize your tasks by numbering them in order of importance.

Start working on your first task until you complete it and move to the next one. Repeat the process. If you can do this on a daily basis, you’re bound to get a lot done.

2. Reading your goals every day.

This is a powerful way to ensure that you stay on track with your goals. Ideally, you should think of your goals as often as possible.

When things get busy, it’s very easy to forget about our goals, but reading them out loud on a daily basis can prevent that from happening.

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You shouldn’t just read your goals, however, you should also ask yourself why they’re so important. There has to be a strong reason behind your goals if you’re going to successfully work on them. 

If, for instance, my goal is to earn $600 a month from my books, I’d need to state this in a way that reminds me of why this goal matters to me.

I would say, “By December 31st, 2016, I’ll be earning $600 per month from Kindle Publishing and impacting the lives of thousands of people around the world.” I could also say “By December 31st, 2016, I’ll be earning $600 per month from Kindle Publishing and inspiring thousands of people to set goals, change their habits, and become role models for those around them.” It’s equally important to take a moment to visualize your goals and how achieving them would feel.

3. Meditation.

Meditation provides a plethora of benefits. I won’t go through them all, but you can check out this here if you want to learn more about them. It mentions over 76 scientific benefits!

You can begin with just a few minutes a day. There are many ways to meditate, but it can be as simple as closing your eyes and focusing on your breath. There are also several good books for beginners that can help you get started.

4. Practicing gratitude.

Forgetting to express gratitude is a major cause of unhappiness for many of us. We take everything for granted and don’t fully appreciate the little things in life (or even the big ones).

There’s a hilarious comedy sketch from Louis CK about airplanes and the way people take technology for granted that illustrates this perfectly. Check it out below.

“‘It was the worst day of my life. First, we didn’t board for twenty minutes, and then we get on the plane, and they made us sit there on the runway...’ Oh really, what happened next? Did you fly through the air incredibly, like a bird? Did you partake in the miracle of human flight, you non-contributing zero?! You’re flying! It’s amazing! Everybody on every plane should just constantly be going: ‘Oh my God! Wow!’ You’re flying! You’re sitting in a chair, in the sky!” – Louis CK

Every day, during my morning ritual, I ask myself what I’m grateful for. I then spend a few minutes thinking about everything that crosses my mind. You don’t have to come up with anything major, it’s okay to think about the little things. The following list will make it easier to practice gratitude by reminding you of some basic things you can be grateful for:

  • Amazon, YouTube, and other such platforms that provide access to an endless supply of knowledge at little to no cost.
  • Living in one of history’s most exciting time periods. Kids will study our time period a thousand years from now and be amazed at the rapid increases in technology. We’ve gone from telegrams and carriages to race cars, camera phones, internet access, and virtual reality (among other amazing things) in less than 150 years. It’s incredible!
  • Having food, shelter, running water, and electricity.
  • Having a phone that enables you to communicate with your friends and family no matter how far apart you are.

The list is endless!

I say what I’m grateful for out loud, but some people prefer creating a written gratitude list. The trick is to feel genuine gratitude as you contemplate the things on your list.

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As Jim Rohn says, “Our emotions need to be as educated as our intellect.” So be patient and stick with this habit. I can guarantee it will pay off in the long-run.

5. Consuming motivational books and videos.

In the words of Zig Ziglar, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.

No matter how exciting your goals may be, there will be time when you won’t feel like doing anything.

Feeding your mind with inspirational material on a daily basis will help you stay motivated for the long-haul. If you can’t find the time to read, you can also listen to uplifting audiobooks.

6. Self-reflecting.

Taking a few minutes to reflect upon your day is a very effective way to improve yourself. Self-reflection is one of the best ways to supercharge your growth. When you analyze the events of your day, consider asking yourself the following questions:

  • What did I do well today?
  • What could I have done better?
  • What can I learn from today?
  • What will I do differently in the future?

7. Exercising daily.

You already know that you should get some exercise each day, so I’m not going to try to convince you. These days, most of us spend too much time sitting down and looking at our televisions or computers.

According to Dr. James Levine, author of Get Up! Why your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It, for every hour that you spend sitting, cuts off 3 hours of your life.


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