“Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” – Vince Lombardi
How often is it that we’re told that our habits make us? From Confucius to Aristotle, the sages of old understood the power of habit. And so this wisdom has held true through the times. The power of habit is so strong that it can literally pick your life out of the dumps and elevate it to the greatest heights of success.
If you’ve been attentive, you’ll notice that there is a common theme every time someone wants to know how to be successful. Actually, when you go and google “how to be successful,” you’ll be unlikely to find a detailed plan on how you can make a million dollars tomorrow. What you’ll find, instead, is an outline of the common habits of successful people. Why?
It’s a little like the old adage about teaching a man how to fish. To be really successful and have a higher quality of life you need to have the mindset of a successful person. From then on, it doesn’t matter if you’re going for a barracuda or a tarpaulin; you’re going to be a master fisherman.
I’ve actually been a student of habits for a long time, and I took it upon myself to get a list of the most powerful habits that one needs to improve their quality of life. These are the habits that will make you happier, more fulfilled, and successful. They are many, to be honest, and condensing them to a list of 6 wasn’t an easy task. However, unless you would like me to write a book about my 200 habits for a better life, here are the best 6 that will give you the quickest results.
This one just had to be number one on this list. Without first having a positive mind, you can never really gain anything in life. You could have all the money in the world; all the achievement, and you’ll still feel empty if you mind has a fixation on the dark side of things.
The common cliché about the glass being half full is a cliché precisely because so many people see the sense in it. Otherwise, they wouldn’t use it enough to make it a cliché.
Every situation in life gives you a choice. You can either see it as a glass half full or a glass half empty. Seeing how much there already is, being grateful for it, and looking forward to there being more is going to make you much happier in the long run.
One way to develop a positive attitude is to have an attitude of gratitude. You can prepare a list of things you are grateful for every morning before you begin your day. Over time, that list will grow and, with it, your positive attitude will grow too.
2. Good Sleep
Sleep is an important part of our life and we can’t deny this. It helps to improve our mental and physical health. Who can be productive or do something without sleeping enough? Right, there is no answer to this question. That’s why you need to build a habit of high-quality bedtime. It’s the background of everything.
Some people may have problems with it like sleep apnea, when you can’t breathe normally during nighttime. For them there are special CPAP masks and equipment that help to provide air to the lungs constantly. For example, AirFit F30 full face mask is a great option. It covers the nose and mouth and is convenient in use. Of course, you need to consult a doctor before using them.
A lot of researches prove a necessity of sleep in out life. So, make sure, you get a wonderful dream.
3. The Power of Focus
The world we live in today seems to place a disproportionate amount of priority on the ability to multitask. Young people communicate across many different messaging apps and having multiple tabs open on your browser at the same time is seen as some kind of achievement. And yet, multitasking is the very killer of progress.
Look at all the famous successful people you know. They are probably famous for one thing and one thing alone. I’m not talking about the one hit wonders and the overnight successes. I’m talking about the people who worked pretty hard for extended periods to get where they are. From Warren Buffet to Beyonce, they all have one thing in common: focus.
Focus means picking one task at a time and doing it to the best of your ability. It’s a habit that can scale from something you need to do for 20 minutes to a goal you need to achieve in your life. Whatever it is you’re looking to accomplish, the power of focus has the potential to vastly improve your life. At the very least, it will help you get rid of all the clutter in your life.
4. Practice Kindness
Kindness is as much a habit as any other. It can be cultivated to help you feel better about yourself. Kindness helps you get rid of negative energy and invite positive energy into your life.
If you’re a strong believer in things like karma, then you’ll find that kindness brings you good karma. Away from that, however, it will make people relate with you better. You’ll also feel much better about yourself and your life. One of the things that make a human being feel fulfilled is the knowledge that they have added value to the lives of others.
Kindness is an easy habit to cultivate. Simply give yourself the task of doing at least one kind act for at least one person every day. It might feel weird at first, but it catches on after a while and becomes a natural part of your routine. You can start with small acts of kindness then proceed to greater ones as you proceed. It pays off. Trust me.
5. Utilize Alone Time
In today’s world, alone time is perhaps one of the hardest things to find. We’re either constantly engaging with people offline, or we’re doing it online on our electronics. And yet alone time and meditation are some of the most important aspects of finding mental stability in an increasingly chaotic world.
Find at least 30 minutes every day when you can sit alone in silence and contemplate your day and how things have been for you so far in your life. You’ll find your thoughts clearer at this time, and it will be much easier to think up solutions to whatever problems are plaguing you. You’ll also find it easier to take stock of where you are as far as achieving your goals is concerned and strategize better.
6. Learn to be Proactive
This one is a very important one. Many of us are reactive. We wait for things to happen to us and then react to them. We also tend to complain when things aren’t going right. This kind of attitude never helped anyone.
A better attitude is to think of solutions. Complaining about your problems ultimately wastes both your time and your brain power. Thinking of potential solutions, however, makes better use of both. You should also see problems as potential opportunities. There’s a hidden opportunity in every calamity.