Developing good habits is the basis of personal development and growth. If you take building habits serious, you can build routines solid character that benefits you daily and eventually pays off long-term.
One of the most important rules for success is simply to “form good habits and make them your masters.”- Brian Tracy.
Here are 10 habits that can get you started:
1) Workout physically and mentally
Your mind and body require training daily.
Reading and studying is one of the best mental challenges you can give yourself as it not only stimulates your mind but also is beneficial healthwise as it decreases stress and increase your creativity.
Physical exercise include Walking daily, physical chores, lifting weights, sprints etc; as it encompasses all manner of physical activity.
2) Practice Gratitude daily
You develop gratitude by focusing on what you have rather than what you don’t have. Be grateful for basic things like your health, family, clothes, food, friends and the gift of being alive.
Pay attention to all the wonderful things that comes your way. You can use a Gratitude app that reminds you to journal things you’re grateful for or you simply make a habit of writing at least 3 things you’re grateful for.
3) Eat Real food
If you’re looking to improve your health; you should prioritize Real foods - foods that have been minimally processed.
Stay away from most processed foods that are loaded with sugar and bad fat; including soda, fries and several takeout. You do this by cooking your own meals, or when you eat out; sticking to local meals.
4) Prioritize your sleep
Sleep quality is important in both mental and physical health. Except you’re doing something extremely important like studying for a test/exam or engaging in a vigil, you shouldn’t sacrifice your sleeping hours for nothing mundane.
How to prioritize your sleep:
⦁ Go to bed Early
⦁ Avoid blue lights from phones/TV screens during sleeping hours.
⦁ Sleep for 7 -8 hours daily
⦁ Take power naps during the day e.g. 30 mins (or 1 hours) every time you had a bad night of sleep the previous day.
5) Learn from failures
A culture or habit that totally avoids mistakes is a recipe for failure. It’s a recipe that hinders learning, instills fear and cover-ups.
Instead learn to turn failure into feedback. Thomas Edison failed a thousand times before inventing the electric bulb but what was remarkable about this success was his perception; when asked how it felt like to fail so many times, he replied “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.”
6) Spend time in Nature
Nature is known to boost your immune system, improve your mood & makes you more creative. Find time to immerse yourself in nature, breathe deeply and expose yourself to sunlight as safely as possible.
Choose an activity that you enjoy e.g Running.
7) Play the Long game
Do things that are beyond the now. Do things your future self would be proud of.
“People who take a long view of their lives and careers always seem to make much better decisions about their time and activities than people who give very little thought to the FUTURE.”
Long-term thinking improves short-term decision making.
8) Become 100% Responsible for your life
Take Ownership of your life. Apart from Trusting in God, you’re responsible for every circumstances you find yourself in today. Stop blaming family, parents or your environment. As a habit, desist from complaining always.
Choose to take 100% responsibility not just when things go right, but failures, setbacks. Only then can you learn and better next time.
9) Learn to Save & Invest your money
It doesn’t matter how much you earn. “Eating all” is a completely foolish strategy in building wealth. You can learn to live on less than what you make. Then you can easily save and invest the remaining.
Invest in things you believe in. Choose friends and partners that help your life long term.
10) Associate with quality people
Successful people while building their circles and making friends always prioritize quality over quantity. Associate with well-rounded and supportive people.
Surround yourself with people that motivate and inspire you to be better rather than bring you down or introduce you to various vices.
Want to Kick start you habit transformation: Check out Atomic habits by James Clear
No matter how much time you dedicate to learning, you got to take shots. Jim Rohn clearly stated: “if you let your learning lead to knowledge, you become a fool, if you let your learning lead to ACTION, you become wealthy.”
One email can change your life, one job interview can change your life … don’t be afraid to try something new.