It’s easier to do something every day than it is to remember to do it every other day.
Treat those healthy habits like brushing your teeth.
We all know about the importance of brushing our teeth. It is vital to our ‘overall health’ and let’s not forget that it is not very pleasant to speak to anyone who decided to skip it that morning.
Having other daily practices is no different. It is never about doing it perfectly. It is about doing it every day.
My most effective habit is my daily routine for ‘mental fitness’, a vital practice before speaking to others around me. Before I do anything else in the morning, I like to tune inwards. This practice helps me start my day by grounding down into myself while raising my awareness. It elevates my state of mind and allows me to be less affected by life’s passing dramas throughout the day. I like to end my day with a conscious reflection of what was great that day and what I could have done better, then I visualize the best possible outcome for what lies ahead.
This practice is neither difficult nor time consuming. It’s a matter of discipline. It can be as simple as 5 minutes in the morning upon waking and 5 minutes before I close my eyes at night (and as often during the day as I feel it is needed). If I have more time – I do more. EASY!
Here are 6 tips that can help you establish such a discipline:
- Doing something every day, at the same time, in the same way, is much easier than doing it infrequently.
- Allow yourself to be imperfect while doing it. It is more important that you do it. (This does not mean you bring your D-game all the time, try your best and respect your limitations.)
- Establish a personal practice of meditation, intention setting (or prayer), yoga (or whatever you want it to be), and allow others in your life to participate. Don’t let others break your routine. Invite them to participate instead.
- Don’t get rigid about it. Switch up the routine without breaking the discipline. Remain flexible by creating a manageable framework in which you can grow.
- Don’t expect yourself to be present all the time. Just show up for yourself every day. Start there, that’s 80% of it.
- Give up the ‘no time’ excuse. Everyone has 5 minutes. The question is – are you willing to commit?
One more thing:
I have a little inner sloth as well (just like everyone) that does not always want to comply. Here is how I deal with that:
When I did not want to sit and meditate – I started teaching a meditation class.
When I did not ‘feel like’ doing yoga – I started teaching it.
When I did not want to do my daily affirmations – I started writing daily inspirations for others.
When I did not want to talk about wholehearted leadership and the future of work – I built a business around it.
My point is: Create hooks that keep you engaged, committed, and accountable. Your ego’s need to look good is most likely stronger than your inner sloth.
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Lots of love,