First, forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit is persistence in practice. – Octavia Butler
You heard that right! The time to bum on your couch as you wait for motivation and inspiration to chase your goals is long gone.
Having big goals is no longer dependable when it comes to succeeding in your life. Building daily and consistent habits is.
So stop using the generic excuse that ‘I don’t feel motivated to work today’ as James Clear taught us from Atomic Habits book, ‘Some of us think that we lack motivation but what we lack is clarity.’
Excuses are an enemy of your progress.
Procrastination has killed billions of dreams in the world. For your dreams to become a reality, you need to un-ass yourself from everything that is preventing you from succeeding.
Your boss is not interested in you making baby steps. Your investors do not care about a little step in the right direction. But you should care about taking these little baby steps in the right direction. They are known as habits and if you consistently stick to them, you will succeed!
You have to do the hard work that propels you towards making your dream a reality. Sometimes, this sounds like a lot of work but this article will give you seven little things you can do daily that will get you there.
I’m not saying that you have to be a reader to save your soul in the modern world. I’m saying it helps. – Walter Mosley
Contrary to popular opinion, reading is fun.
Living an enlightened life should be your top life goal. It is often said that there is no need to face this life blindly and run into all the challenges in this world when you can avoid most of them through reading.
All the challenges that you have faced so far in your life, somebody else already went through it and wrote about it. It is therefore unwise not to read.
Reading will teach you a variety of things. How to live. Ways to find happiness. Creative ways to learn. Understanding your past. How to predict your future. Ways to prepare for the future. Find your dream job in the 21st Century.
Literally, books will teach you everything that you always wished you knew. It is important to cultivate a reading culture in order for you to enjoy the benefits brought about by being a reader.
Every human being is the author of his own health or disease. – Buddha
Stress accounts for over 60% of all the doctor visits in the world.
We all go through moments when we are uncertain about life. You have been stressed several times in your life. You have had negative voices in your head telling you that you are not good enough. That you cannot reach your goals. You are not beautiful or handsome enough. This happens to everyone. It happens to the best of us.
Meditation helps to silence those annoying inner voices. If you want more inner peace and well-being in your life, learn to meditate. Meditation has been known to significantly reduce stress levels.
There are different ways of meditating. Most of them can be found by reading books, reading online articles and watching online videos. Check this site to learn how to meditate.
If you do not make time for exercise, you will eventually have to make time for disease. – Robin Sharma.
If you want to feel more energetic and enthusiastic about your life, just exercise.
Most people procrastinate on exercising because they hate doing most of the exercises.
Don’t get stuck. Exercise doesn’t have to feel like a punishment. Find a few exercises that you love and do them. Consistently. Everything in life revolves around being consistent. Exercising has been proven to have many benefits such as;
- It will lead to weight loss. It will help control weight gain and help you shed some unwanted weight!
- Exercise prevents a lot of diseases and health conditions such as high blood pressure.
- Exercising will boost your energy levels.
Get enough sleep
A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything. – anonymous
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute states that ‘Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.’
If you want to be in the right state of mind to take over the world, get enough sleep.
Eat a balanced diet
Our food should be our medicine. And our medicine should be our food. – Hippocrates.
Give your body all the macro and micronutrients it needs in order to perform at its optimal level. Visit your nutritionist and ask for advice on the best foods that will work best for your body.
Practice daily gratitude
It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy. – anonymous
Taking time on a daily basis to think about what you are grateful for can dramatically make you happier.
Gratitude means thankfulness. Counting your blessings. Noticing simple pleasures. Acknowledging everything that you receive.
It means learning to live your life as if everything is a miracle.
It also means being aware on a continuous basis of how much you have been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present.
Taking time to learn how to practice daily gratitude is the best investment you will ever make in your life.