The importance of a daily, habitual, consistent routine isn’t realized by anyone unless they actually try it out for a matter of weeks and months. Depending on what you choose to do each day, you can literally alter the trajectory of your entire life.
Today, THIS moment, we are ALL living in the residual reality we each created with our choices from months ago. Our eating habits from months ago recreated our physical body into what it is RIGHT NOW. Our current state of mind was determined by our repetitious thoughts and all we chose to consistently focus on a few months ago. Our current financial situation was determined by spending choices we USED to make. We can turn it all around ANY moment we choose to, as long as we are willing to remain committed to consistency and the habits that will absolutely, EVENTUALLY, get us to where we want to be!
Years ago, I started making small changes for myself. I had just gone through a divorce, had injured my back, and was living in my mom’s condo. I had lost everything and found myself in a situation where I had to start completely over. It wasn’t the first time I had to start completely over with nothing, either. I felt like a loser. I wondered, “After all I have experienced and learned, what can I do to start fresh and become the best version of myself I can possibly be?” I started with these goals:
- Lose weight and get into better shape.
- Get a place for myself and my three sons.
- Change my mindset and become a more positive person.
Once I knew exactly what I wanted I knew what I had to do to get there, so I made these changes, and wrote these goal on a piece of paper:
- Workout every day, even if only for 5 minutes. Consistency was the main goal.
- Find a job that would be flexible enough to allow me time to heal my back and not fire me if I need to miss work because I couldn’t walk that day.
- Read a positive quote every day.
Reading my goals every day helped me focus on what I wanted and needed to do daily. It was difficult at first, even though my goals seemed simple and easy at the time, but after a few weeks it became much easier! I thought about these things, talked with others about them, and started doing more and more things related to my goals. I attracted people into my life through conversations that helped me with these goals. One person told me about a documentary all about weight loss through alleviation of carbs and sugars called, “Fed Up”. I watched it, changed my food intake, and lost 60 pounds in just 6 months! It changed my life. My body healed, my back returned to normal, and I was capable of working more. By reading inspirational quotes every day, my mindset changed, and my mind began to heal and improve as well.
I had to remember KISS. Keep It Super Simple. Small changes lead to huge life benefits, over time.
Reminder to self: YOU are in charge of yourself, your life, and especially your mind. You can blame others for your life and make excuses why you can’t do what you want to, or you can take responsibility for ALL of it. Take the power away from everyone and everything holding you back and start by making one or two small changes to your daily routine that will alter the course of the trajectory of your life forever. Know who you want to become and where you want to be in three years. Then, you will know what you need to do to get there.
The fact is this: The more you take care of yourself and the more you do for yourself to become who you deserve to be and who you want to become, the more the people around you will benefit from being a part of your life. You will begin to inspire those around you to be the best they can be, as well, and your life will magically, effortlessly, naturally continue to improve. What have you got to lose? If you keep doing what you have always done you will keep getting the same results.
Is your life exactly as you want it or can it be improved in some way? Will one little alteration in your daily routine change any aspect of your life for the better 10 years from now? I think so, but only because I tried it out.
TO EXPERIENCE AN ALTERNATE PERSONAL REALITY, WE MUST ALTER OUR DAILY ACTIONS. OUR HABITUAL, REPETITIOUS AND CONSISTENT PRACTICES, ROUTINES, AND RITUALS CREATE THE PERSONAL REALITY WE WILL LIVE WITHIN IN A FEW, SHORT MONTHS.
Today’s challenge for myself: Today I will figure out something small I can do to alter my daily routine in some way that I believe over time will benefit me and those around me.
Here are some easy tried and true ways to improve daily habits:
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Remember: Mindset matters. Character counts. That which we choose to consistently focus on is what EXPANDS in our lives. WE CREATE our personal realities.