Are you tired of the cycle of waking up to the “same thing, different day” routine? You want to see a change in your life and don’t know where to start? Let’s first work on the foundations and get you out of the auto pilot mode that you’ve been living. Here are three small habits that can make the biggest changes to your life.
Make your bed
This may seem small and insignificant, but don’t be fooled. Too many times the bed is left messy for the simple fact that it will be used again during the night. You might think this reason alone is enough to justify your excuse of being too lazy or too busy, but it has its benefits. This simple task that takes less than a minute of your day affects your everyday decisions. Completing this chore first thing in the morning will give you a sense of accomplishment and discipline. You will be inclined to dealing with more tedious tasks.
If you give yourself a reason to evade this, you may end up treating other priorities the same which will stack up stress.
Take cold showers in the morning
Imagine the times you’ve been to a pool or body of water. Either you or someone you know has a habit of poking the water with their toes and darts off from the slightest touch of cold temperature. It’s uncomfortable and unpleasant compared to sitting in a relaxing hot tub. This feeling of uneasiness is what separates great people from the rest. You are able to overcome this from your morning showers. When your hand is on the knob, you’ll be forced to make a decision. Either you take the easy way, or you step outside your comfort zone.
If you are able to convince yourself to endure this, you’ll be well on your way to taking on opportunities that lay outside your comfort zone with little to no hesitation. Plus, the cold water will give you more energy and motivation like you’ve never had before.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
– Wayne GretzkyMichael Scott
Wake up early
Waking up at 5-6 am seems like an impossible task but it can be achieved. It gives you a head-start for the day and the time to focus on your goals without being bothered. Dealing with your own schedule can be hectic enough, so completing the most important duties in the morning without distractions can relieve you from added pressure.
Go at your own pace
Just like any other habit, you have to slowly incorporate these into your life. Do not be hard on yourself if you slack off. Just pick yourself back up and keep trying. Everyone is going at their own pace. Problems and issues should never be compared. It isn’t a competition nor should it be something to be proud of. Just remember that you’re doing this for yourself, not for someone else’s approval.