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July 14, 2020 6 min read

The Habit Change Cheat Sheet

Having success in life largely depends on the habits that you only repeatedly engage in, which ultimately shape your life. Want to check out the powerful habits which will change your life? Continue reading.

Some patterns are more potent than others, and quickly put, your everyday habits determine your attitude and future progress both in life and in your career.

Because our culture places such a high priority on productivity and external success, it's easy to feel frustrated. If you continue a fast-paced routine and work relentlessly at achieving your goals, you'll experience a lifetime of joy and well-being at some point within the future.

Meanwhile, your lifestyle is crammed with endless stress and 'things to do'. Perhaps you are feeling anxiety, suffering from isolation and deep frustration with yourself and what your life has become.

But habits are often changed, as tricky as it may seem sometimes.

I’m a living example: in tiny, almost negligible steps, I’ve changed a laundry list of habits. My life and growing organized and focused and productive ran three marathons, and a few of triathlons - started a couple of successful blogs, eliminated my debt, got fit - you get the image.

It’s possible!

Can a cheat sheet be made with valuable tips and reminders of how to change your unproductive habits to ones you will find useful in your life? With some determination and focus, yes, you can implement these and more as you gain expertise through practice! I put together some straightforward tips all at once in one cheat sheet - for those new to my blog, and for those that could use simple reminders, keep reading!

 

Keep it simple

Habit change isn't that complicated. While the ideas below will seem overwhelming, there's only a couple of extra details for you to learn. Everything else is merely helping these to become a reality.

The simple steps of habit change: 

  • Write down your plan. 
  • Identify your triggers and replacement habits. 
  • Specialize in making the replacement habits every single time the triggers happen, for about 30 days. 

That's it. We'll talk more about each of those steps, and far more, within the cheat sheet below.

 

What is mental well-being?

Mental well-being doesn't have one set meaning. we'd use it to speak about how we feel, how well we're dealing with our lifestyle or what feels possible in the moment.

Good mental well-being doesn't suggest you're always happy or unaffected by your experiences. But poor mental well-being can make it harder to deal with life’s challenges.

An excellent psychological state is as vital as good physical health, and maintaining it should be a priority for everybody. Mental health problems affect society as an entirety, not just in an isolated segment. Although certain groups are more vulnerable, no-one is resistant to a poor psychological state.

 10 More Steps to Change Unhealthy Habits

  • Commit to a healthy lifestyle
  • Look at what you are getting out of it
  • Commit to a daily gratitudepractice
  • Take responsibility for your life
  • Maintain a beginner’s mind
  • Practice forgiveness
  • Honor your own wisdom
  • Visualize yourself changing
  • Monitor your negative self-talk
  • TRY SOMETHING NEW

Commit to a healthy lifestyle

Although our culture talks tons about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, a large segment of humanity are still leading stressful lives. Alongside that, our rates of obesity are higher than ever - we are overeating and are undernourished.

Can you relate that to the fact that 95% of all diseases are associated with our lifestyle choices? This statistic may shock you into realizing that proper nutrition, exercise, de-stressing, relationships and learning are the pillars of healthy living. The best news of all is that when you integrate these elements into your lifestyle, you'll be in awe of what proportion more productive, positive and healthy you feel - and experience a profound sense of well-being!

 

Look at what you are getting out of it

Are you trying to find comfort in food? Numbness in wine? An outlet or connection online? Stress alleviation through eating or nail-biting? That's doesn't need to be an extended, complicated process.  Think about it, write it down and come up with some ideas about the way to switch it up for healthier outcomes. You can do this!

 

Commit to a daily gratitude practice

It takes but five minutes to integrate a gratitude practice into your lifestyle. I like waking up in the morning and before I even get out of bed, I say thanks for everything positive in my life. Sometimes during the day, I write a note in my day planner about something I thought of that I am grateful for and write it down. I might even write down a quick list in my bullet journal. You get the idea; the key to getting the first bang for your buck from this exercise is to permit yourself to experience the sensation of gratitude. For instance, if you're genuinely grateful for the delicious cup of fresh morning coffee you're drinking, take a deep breath and rejoice in that moment you have been graced with.

 

Take responsibility for your life

Blaming external circumstances on not being proud of your life will keep you stuck, sad, frustrated and angry. Replace those voices with "I am liable for my very own life, and I prefer to create an unprecedented one."

 

Maintain a beginner’s mind

We sleep in a culture that places a high priority on expertise and productivity. If you would like to measure an upscale and artistic life, expose yourself to new endeavours where you'll be a beginner. Even in an arena where you are the expert, there's always more to find out and do. So, abandon perfection and forego being the expert and find out how to acquire a beginner's mindset – it will open up a plethora of possibilities for you.

 

Practice forgiveness

Most folks are holding onto deep grudges and hurt inside - even when apologies have taken place. The lack of forgiving others is typically a symbol of not having the ability to forgive yourself. Catch your inner voice making critical or angry comments about others - knowing that what you're feeling towards them is a mirrored image of how you are feeling about yourself. Just by noting your feelings and telling yourself to "Let it go", you'll be surprised at how quickly your feelings of anger and judgment towards yourself and others will dissipate. You'll go from feeling hurt, isolated and stuck, to experiencing a rush of positive energy, relief, love and compassion.

 

Honor your own wisdom

Here's a standard scenario: you are feeling like you haven't had any down-time and decide to reward yourself by staying up late binge-watching your favorite shows on TV. You recognize you'll be exhausted and less productive the next day, but you are feeling "entitled" to something fun, only for you. Your wisdom, however, knows this does not often lead to a good outcome. Use that wisdom to create something into your schedule, which will provide what you want at a better time. Realize you have the answers and are capable of doing something different.

 

Visualize yourself changing

Serious visualization retrains your brain. You would like to think differently about your ability to change—so spend some time during the day envisioning yourself with new habits. Picture yourself exercising and enjoying it, eating healthy foods, or fitting into those jeans. See yourself engaged in animated conversation with someone rather than standing in the back of the room. This type of visualization works. The now-familiar concept "neurons that fire together wire together" is predicated on the thought that the more you think that about something—and do it—the more it becomes wired in your brain. Your default choice can be a healthier one for you.

 

Monitor your negative self-talk

The burden in your brain can seriously affect your default behaviors. So, once you catch yourself saying, "I’m fat" or, "No one likes me," re-frame it or redirect it. Re-framing is like rewriting the script. Replace it with, "I'm getting healthy, or "My confidence is growing." Redirecting will help you gain traction to a healthier lifestyle and well being by practice. Judging yourself only keeps you stuck.

 

TRY SOMETHING NEW

Try new experiences. That makes life a lot more adventurous, spontaneous and fun and unpredictable, even for a moment so monotony can be put on the back burner. You'll even learn something new about yourself from it. Dare to live boldly and tackle with zest some of the items that are on your bucket list, and heck, do some that aren't! Life is brief, live happy and positive and beautifully.

There you've got it - ten habits I practice which you'll practice too to register a happier and more positive life. Once you get a taste of what it’s like to live positively, wondrous things will happen for you.

You'll have less stress, fewer worries, and achieve a state of calm, peace, joy, plus energy you never even knew you had in you. Being more positive increases your likelihood of smiling more, feeling healthier, discovering your passions, living happily, being kinder, regaining hope, increasing self-confidence and living meaningfully and with intention, the list goes on!