Habits: The Making Of Your Mojo
Motivation comes in waves. It’s enjoyable, yet unreliable. Habits are a better predictor of mental and physical health. ~ T.B.
With the new year approaching, you might be thinking about self-improvement and what is going to make next year better than this one. Some of you set resolutions while others prefer to make vision boards, set intentions, or have general health goals. However you personally decide to create the blueprint for your future year, this article underscores the importance of sticking to ‘the basics’ and creating habits, rather than relying on the lovely yet unreliable magic of motivation.
Motivation is best described by a variety of phrases:
What we know about motivation is that it’s a gene driven characteristic. Some people are blessed with high doses of it, while others struggle to capture it all their lives. Even for those who are highly motivated, it’s not constant. Therefore, it’s an unreliable source when you want to embrace your best possible health.
It is only through a disciplined life – not motivation – that we can feel our best. It is only through mindfulness that we can feel alive and grounded in our daily mundane routines.
Discipline is important because it creates knowledge about what you must do. Discipline is the characteristic that keeps habits going when motivation has vanished. Self-discipline CAN be created and activated through mindful attention and intention. A disciplined life helps us resist
A disciplined life is not without spontaneity.
Paradoxically, it is within a disciplined life that you can fully experience and enjoy
How To Develop Habits For Healthy Living
- Create a set of ground rules for yourself. Include do’s and don’ts.
- Create a set of wellness goals. Review my article on how to develop a wellness plan by clicking here: https://vibranthealthcompany.com/2018/12/17/you-are-alive-now-make-a-choice-wellness-or-less-well/
- Plan a daily schedule. This will eventually be a routine. Keep it simple. Think about how you want your day to look. Include meal prep, meals, and time for rest. Before you do anything else in the morning, you need some time to be with yourself.
- Set prompts in your calendars telling you what to do next.
- Assemble items you need to support your habits. You may need a new gym bag, a blender, or a journal. You may need to purchase supplements if your health goals include them. See this article for clear direction on what supplements to use: https://vibranthealthcompany.com/2018/12/10/supplements-and-health-tonics-waste-or-warranted/.
- Practice your new routine for 30 days. Be as consistent as you can. This gives your routine a chance to map to a ‘neural network’.
- Don’t ever rely on feeling motivated to do your routine. Understand you will not FEEL LIKE doing it most of the time. Your feelings should not be making the decisions. Your intention to lead a healthy life and feeling well is more important than how you feel at any given moment.
More About Living With Good Daily Habits
Schedule, routine, habit, ritual- however you want to conceptualize creating expectations and “NO MATTER WHAT’S” in your day – I can think of few things more important. When creating a schedule, it is important to pay homage to our natural biological rhythms that set the blueprint for our daily agenda. Example: your sleep schedule. You need to sleep during the darkest hours of the day. This means going to bed fairly early and rising fairly soon after sunrise. A habit takes 30 days! You can expect something as dreadful as getting up early relies on habit. You will probably never feel like it!
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Ultimately, routines improve your productivity, mood, and focus. Routine helps to decrease feeling bored, scattered, rushed, and at a loss.
Capitalize most on early morning time slots. How you begin your day sets the tone for the entire day. You can affect metabolism, mood, and energy available by what you do first when you roll out of bed. When possible, early morning should be where you put your cardio, your early exposure to sunlight or a light box, your nutrition boost, part one of your writing time, or your short meditation or breathing mantra.
Social time and social media can be reserved for pre/post dinner, something to look forward to after the tedious stuff is completed. Try not to engage too much with social media throughout the day. It is distracting.
Even if you’re not hitting all the elements of your wellness plan, make a decision today that you will do the basics no matter what. Don’t postpone the basics. Put them, and therefore yourself, first.
1. Rest: 6 – 9 hours of sleep.
2. Nutrition: hydrate BIG TIME, take supplements, and eat as clean as possible.
3. Movement: move and breathe. It’s as simple as walking or stretching.
4. Play: find time to play, have fun, and be creative.
5. Connect with a friend or family member daily.
Do The Basic 5 NO MATTER WHAT and IN SPITE OF anything and everything!
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