While it might sound difficult to believe, adopting a few simple habits can improve your life dramatically. As you master these powerful habits, you’ll find that you’ll increase your productivity and become more successful at work. You’ll also develop a healthier and happier mindset.
Sound good to you?
Then let’s get started.
Moving Out of Your Comfort Zone
You might be understandably wondering, “If all it took to have a more successful life was adopting a few simple habits, why isn’t everyone doing it?”
The answer is that most of these habits will take you out of your comfort zone.
For example, one great habit is to start your day out right by getting out of bed as soon as the alarm rings.
But maybe you, like a good portion of people, have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. It might not be your favorite activity, but you still understand that it is vitally important.
Maybe you, like many other people, use an alarm. While the alarm sounds fine while it’s going off, once it goes off, you hit the snooze button and you go back to sleep.
While it’s a simple thing to do, getting out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off in the morning can make you feel uncomfortable.
This is the same for the rest of the powerful habits you’re going to read about here. They can make you feel uncomfortable, especially at first.
But, with practice, you can learn to stay consistent with these habits. And once you do, your body and mind will thank you.
So, what are the powerful habits will help you achieve anything?
Four Powerful Habits
1. Set daily goals.
Setting daily goals is an important step in accomplishing anything in life. Without daily goals, it becomes very difficult to accomplish what you want.
This simple daily but powerful habit will help bring your focus to your goals which, in turn, will improve your productivity.
While I’ve been setting goals for decades, I recently came across this slight twist to goal setting in Jim Kwik’s book, “Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life” .
He suggests limiting the number of goals you set daily to three personal goals and three professional goals. I’ve been using this technique for the past 10 months or so and I’ve found that it helps me think about and then focus on my top priorities for the day.
Here’s why writing out your goals works. Writing down your goals forces you to realistically assess your progress or lack thereof. This helps you to identify the things in your life that need improvement.
2. Review your progress and reflect on it daily
How do we improve at anything? We try to do something and then get feedback about how well we did.
Self-reflection is about looking realistically at our performance. This powerful habit can go a long way toward helping you achieve anything.
Every evening, take a few minutes to think about what you have done during the day. Make a list of both the good and not-so-good accomplishments. Then think about the steps you will need to take to improve in those “bad” areas.
In addition, taking time for introspection will help you create more beneficial habits for yourself. It is also excellent for gaining insight into who you are and what you want out of life.
3. Become a lifelong learner
Ray Kroc once said, “If you’re green you’re growing, if you’re ripe you’re rotten.”
To grow, we need to become lifelong learners. This is one of the most powerful habits you can develop.
Make it a habit to learn from others. Whether it is in person, by reading books or watching YouTube videos, learning from others can help you become a better communicator. The better you are at communicating, the higher you can rise in any area of life.
This is especially true in business.
Make it a habit to invest a little time each day to learn something new. This powerful habit will prevent you from rotting on the vine.
4. Learn what motivates you.
A simple fact of life is you need motivation to achieve your goals. You have to want your outcome badly enough to do whatever it takes to make it happen.
So, the last powerful habit is to regularly think about why you want to accomplish the goals you set for yourself each day.
If you are interested in learning how to dig deep into your why, pick up a copy of my book, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Life: The Convergence of Mind, Body and Spirit Kindle.
Motivation can be fickle. But understanding what motivates you can give you the incentive you need to continue to go after your goals, even when it’s hard.
Practice Will Help Make These Into Habits
While all of these powerful habits are simple, most people don’t do them because, in the beginning, they take you out of your comfort zone. The only way for you to become comfortable with these habits is to do them.
As you practice them, you will turn these tasks into automatic behaviors. In a short while, they will be simple but powerful habits that are making a significant difference in your life.