Tag: habits

Getting the most out of each day

As human beings have sometimes have a tendency to always look at the bigger picture, especially when that picture is the composition of thoughts that we have for our future. We may set goals or create countdowns for things that we truly desire out of life. More times than not this often creates the mindset of “I can’t wait to get this day over with so I’m closer to this goal”. That mindset will often generate frustration and sometimes even have someone eventually quit on pursuing that goal. The reason being that we are not in the moment of the present.

Don’t count the days. Make the days count.

Muhammed Ali

The mindset of just trying to get the day finished must be replaced with a new mindset. A mindset of “What can I do today to the best of my ability to get myself one step closer to my goal“. The only day we have is today. Yesterday is gone. It is etched into history never to return again. Dale Carnegie said in his book How to stop worrying and start living “Let the past bury its dead. Don’t saw sawdust”. The past is only a valuable learning experience that we may apply for our present lives. Learn and move on. That old thinking of trying to get by in the day may be put to rest as well. Let’s make the most of each day. The 24 hours that we have at hand to make today the best it can possibly be.

Now we have the other end of the spectrum. The future. The great unknown of future events that have yet to unfold into our lives. Peering into the only the future causes frustration and anxiety. Because we don’t have a time machine to peek into what our lives will be like in 5, 10 or 20 years in the future. All that we can do for the future is have faith, most importantly faith in ourselves that we can make our future what we dream of it to be. We go about this by having goals that give a level of accountability for the realization of those dreams. Those goals with the end result is the only thing about the future we should spend any energy thinking about. Then we must center ourselves back to the reality of today. Again the 24 hours of what we can accomplish today to guarantee that the future is better. It is the sense of being at peace with the present moment and being concentrated on the task at hand right now.

Let’s get to the present moment of today. What can you do today to get the most out of your day? Even if it is just a couple of hours you can take a moment to reflect upon the day. Look at those things that you want out of life or begin the process of writing them down. You then have a vision of the end result. From there you can write down a few small goals to set for yourself. They don’t have to be anything major but they can be the first few baby steps towards the end result. Next plan out our day and prioritize the most important aspects. You should do this now because if you wait till tomorrow you’ll lose the initiative of the habit of living in the moment of now. Take each day as they come and only focus upon today. Do everything you possibly can to make today productive towards your goals. With living in the present moment you can begin to gain progress from each day. Those today’s day after day will eventually compound and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish for your life by living for today.

Habits

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”

Samuel Johnson

We as humans are creatures of habit. From the moment we are old enough for cognitive comprehension on the simplest level we begin the process of forming habits. At an early age the formation fo these habits are influenced by mostly our parents. A simple thing like brushing one’s teeth at first was something that we might not have done willingly or something that we thought was important. Over the course of time with a constant application day after day it became a daily habit over time. A task that we often do in an almost mechnanical nature. We put little thought into it because the habit became too heavy to break. Now it is part of our daily routines.

As we grow older we are given more choice in the habits that we practice on a daily basis. Whether they be constructive or destructive in their nature. Since we as humans have the gift of choice in our lives, it is our decision alone what habits we practice in our day to day lives. Some may decide to create constructive habits in their life such as eating healthy, exercising or meditating. For others they decide on the destructive habits such as smoking, drinking excessively or having a negative outlook on life. It all comes down to one thing, a DECISION to begin these habits.

Now at the beginning these habits were too light to be felt. The thing that we practiced conveyed with it a thought and/or a decision to begin. Backed with an emotion (whether positive or negative) this thing practiced daily for a period of time slowly develops into a habit. Eventually becoming too heavy to break. Even negative habits have this effect. It takes a massive amount of will power to break them. It is possible though because we have to CHOICE of shifting our habits if we desire to do so.

I want to tell you something. It’s possible to make a change in your habits. If you feel that you want more out of your life then you need to change your habits and the first place that you must begin is in your mind. Begin to make the habit of thinking of only positive thoughts. It’s not an easy task but I promise in the end it’s well worth the effort. Start small. Find 5 things per day that you’re grateful for or read something that you absolutely love. There are several ways of doing this. The only key is that make sure you are happy in the process because that will back that habit with emotion and will make it easier for you to implement into your daily routine. Life is beautiful and meant to be lived to the fullest of your potential. Develop the necessary habits that makes your heart sing and creates positive energy in your life. You don’t have to change your life overnight, just take the first small step and keep taking one step. Over time that will transform your life into something magical. One day at a time. I believe that you can do do it. You will develop those habits needed to live your best life possible. One thought is all it takes. Go take that small step and begin living the life you deserve.