Ten Habits that Changed My Life

If you are feeling the pressure to maintain your New Year’s Resolutions in 2019 that you know you won’t keep, you are not the only one!  Instead of loading on more pressure and setting yourself up for failure with insurmountable goals, in 2019, I would like to share ten habits that form the foundation of success for me.

ten habits that changed my life

If you commit to doing them daily for just 24 days, you may be lucky and they may become habits for you, too. Believe it or not, it’s actually the small daily habits that have the ability to transform your life for the better! Check out these ten habits that changed my life below:

Be nice: It may sound horribly cheesy, but showing kindness to others, from work colleagues to parking attendants.  Simply appreciate others for who they are, not what you would like them to be or what they can do for you.

Write it down:  In a society that values technology above all else, handwriting instruction has begun to fall by the wayside.  New scientific research reveals how writing on paper actually boosts our brain.  The act of writing exercises our brains in ways that typing on the computer just can’t do. It is the foundation for higher-order skills handwriting influences reading, critical thinking and thought organization.   From committing pen to paper we derive meaning.

First things First: Do your most important tasks first thing in the morning.  Start with meditation and or prayer and then move on to the tasks that matter most.  Don’t get caught in the urgent by default like most people do.  Be yourself with skill instead of just responding to the crises that come your way.

Say No: Stop saying “yes” to every request that comes your way.   I like to process important decisions for at least twenty-four hours and sleep on it before committing.  Decide what is essential in your life, then write it down!

Recharge:  Go to bed every night with enough time to get enough sleep and wake up refreshed, preferably early.   I always wake up refreshed without an alarm 430am – 5am and my most productive, undisturbed hours are before the rest of the world awakes, like now.

Be a Social Mover: Meeting your fitness goals does not mean you have to give up your social life!  After there are only so many hours in the day.  Grab a friend or your spouse and enjoy great company and conversation while you work-out.   Try something new…. this can be Yoga,  Qigong, or a leisurely stroll at lunch.

Simple Joys:  Find joy in simple things that don’t cost you anything at all…nature, sunset, a snowflake on your tongue, or the smile of a stranger.  The things that make our life most satisfying are free.

Eliminate: & get rid of what no longer serves you… Don’t be afraid to give things away, especially things of value.  Make a habit of cleaning out spaces in your home.  Without intervention, junk accumulates and wastes our precious brain power and energy.

Digitally Disconnect: Just as physical things accumulate so too can electronic junk accumulate. This actually includes your work email inbox!  Firstly clear out your inbox, turn off your smart phone and ALL technology once a day for a minimum of one hour, so you can clear your psychic ram.

Know the rules so that you can break them properly:  This is my mantra, and everything that I stand by.  Apart for my daily Yoga and meditation practice, I cleanse for 12 Days three to four times every year.  This helps me to reconnect with my physical environment and align myself spiritually.  In an age of endless consumerism this is key.

None of the above things are difficult but they require a change in mindset.  And if the above habits of mind do not yield results in a required time frame, I allow myself one new year’s resolution every year:

“New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.”

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3 Comments
  • Chantelle Ladel
    Posted at 07:10h, 04 January Reply

    Thanks for a great post Chris! Wishing you a very happy new year too. I remember in India when you recommended turning off the technology for an hour every day. I still practice this, and it really works!!!

  • chrisjamesmindbody
    Posted at 07:14h, 04 January Reply

    Wow! you are up early Chantelle….I remember teaching you on that retreat. It was so special, I remember getting everybody to listen to the monkeys!
    CJ

  • Scott Robinson
    Posted at 20:01h, 05 January Reply

    great post Chris! I’m all for elimination, I even find cleaning very empowering! I found your last one though a bit thought provoking? Watch out for my YB post next week on setting goals, which is kinda relevant atm too 🙂 Best wishes, Scott

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