“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle
So then if we heed Aristotle's advice if we desire any kind of change in our life it must be altered in our habits and development of habits. This is how we live anyway, think of yourself now. Your life is made up of a complete set of routines and acquired habits. I believe these five things are the most important when it comes to changing things in your life.
In other words the way we think, our mindset or our attitude. These things will determine what you become in life. There are people who amount to nothing in their lives and it has everything to do with the way they think about themselves. Those in this world who we would consider successful think the polar opposite way then the latter do. They use their unwavering positive thoughts to drive the completion of anything they accomplish. They set a high standard for themselves and stick to it. All things begin and end as an idea in your head, so don't take positive thinking lightly.
2. Health and Exercise
Obviously we get the connection, people who have a positive self image of themselves tend to be in better physical shape then those who are not. I believe it is almost as important as your thought process, but if your mind isn't in it then you'll never make it to eating and living healthy. Diet really does control your life alot more than most would think. Eating the wrong kinds of foods or too much food and drink will effect your sleep pattern, which effects every thing. Then your energy, motivation, and productivity go right out the door. Exercise helps keep your energy up, which will keep you motivated. It will also help you sleep better at night. If you are struggling with keeping a workout schedule try to look at it as a lifestyle change rather than a diet. Say to yourself, " That was who I used to be, this is who I am going to be."
3. Daily Habits
As I mentioned before, habits are everything in our lives. The way we eat, talk, sleep, our activities, everything. It is paramount that if you desire to change things for the better that you grab hold of this principle.
"To change your life, you must change something you do daily."
Small steps are needed to change a habit or else it will probably not work. Take little steps at a time, but consistently apply them everyday with persistence and attention to detail. There will be times you fail, but you must not let those few instances alter your new way of living. Just pick up where you left off and keep on track to your inevitable goal you are trying to achieve. Experts say it takes about 21 days to develop a new habit, and about 3 months to see its affects on your life. So you need to be persistent in your application and consistent in the amount of effort you put forth.
If you truly want to change, then nothing can stop you.
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