A positive mental attitude is key to living a healthy, well-balanced life. To achieve happiness and success you first must develop and maintain a positive mental attitude. One of the best ways you can do this is by implementing daily habits, and sticking with them, until they become habits. I did a bit of a lifestyle inventory and have compiled a list of what I feel are my strongest habits that I feel contribute to my success. Take a read through and let me know what you think. I would love to hear from you and find out what your Daily Success Habits are…give the rest of us some new ideas!
Morning and/or Evening Gratitude
Every night when I lay my head on my pillow I take one minute to count my blessings. The list always starts with my family and their health and happiness. I am even thankful that I have been granted another day.
Responsibility is your ability to respond to any given circumstance. Taking responsibility for my actions, reactions and results in life I feel is the cornerstone to life improvement.
Set Realistic Goals
Study after study has proven that people without clearly defined, written goals are just not as successful as people who have a defined plan for their life. Each day I try to set realistic goals that I can achieve. Once I reach my goals I give myself a little time to enjoy my accomplishemtn before setting new ones at higher levels.
I try to not waste my precious time sweating the small stuff. Instead I focus on what is good and keep my energy there.
There is something about those peaceful morning hours that helps you start the day off on the right foot. Whether I just want to enjoy a slow, uninterrupted coffee or head out for an early morning walk I can at least ensure I have some quality ‘me’ time before I have to face the world.
Procrastination has the unfortunate quality of getting me nowhere fast. If I have something to do, I try really hard to just do it. Chronic stress is one of the worst things you can do for your health, and it is not the stress we think about, such as death and taxes, it is the daily things left undone that can wreak havoc on our body, aging us before our time.
Even if I don’t have the time, energy or desire to put in a full workout studies have shown even a 10 minute walk every day can improve health. So I make sure to move and get my heart rate up even a little bit at least 6 days per week.
Have a Shut Off Time
As a self employed mom more often than not I have more to do than hours in the day. No matter what is left undone I shut my computer and my self off at 9:00pm, no later. This gives me enough time to wind down so I can spend a little me time and still get to bed in time in order to ‘start early’ again the next day.
Wishing you many daily success!
Christine is a yoga instructor, personal trainer and nutritionist who specializes in weight loss and womens health at Four Forty Fitness for Women in Burlington, Ontario. Check out the website at www.fourfortyfitness.ca