Whether we realize it or not, most
of what we accomplish
in life is a result of our habits - good habits or not so good habits.
To that end, if we want to be successful in
any area of our lives, it is in our best interests to develop the most
effective, success promoting habits possible.
For intellectual challenge, it's beneficial to read or explore anything that makes you think or look at a situation in a new way. Reading the works of scientists, philosophers and psychologists is both interesting and intellectually stimulating.
Physically you can challenge yourself
by incorporating some resistance and cardiovascular exercises into your
routine. Resistance exercises build muscle, while cardiovascular
exercises such as walking, jogging or climbing stairs boost your
metabolism, strengthen your heart and generally improve your overall
well being. Being fit and in shape has the benefit of enhancing both
your mental and physical health.
4. Engage with others.When we engage with others we open up ourselves to new experiences, expand our knowledge and deepen human connection. Studies have shown that as social beings, when we interact with others, it changes the circuit activity and neurotransmitters in our brains. It decreases stress and anxiety while increasing calm and happy feelings (oxytocin, referred to often as the love hormone, is released when we bond with others).
5. Recommit to self discipline. Every now and then we all fall off the self discipline wagon; however, after doing so, we have to remind ourselves that in order to accomplish anything, or sustain a high level of performance we must recommit to self discipline.
As mentioned in my article Self-Discipline - The Foundation for Success, not only does self-discipline allow you to reach your goals in a reasonable time frame, it makes it possible to live a more orderly and satisfying life. Successful people practice the power habit of self discipline.
6. Expand your comfort zone. Expanding your comfort zone gives you the opportunity to test your limits and tap into your inner, sometimes undiscovered, resources. When you're willing to venture beyond that which is safe and comfortable, you increase what is possible. Conversely, not trying new things or playing it too safe causes stagnation and thwarts creativity and innovation.
7. Set up a power habit journal. Setting up a power habit journal is a great way to remind yourself of your successes and to motivate you to continue to stretch your talents and abilities. Journaling also documents and articulates your dreams, ambitions and aspirations.
If you take the time to incorporate these 7 Power Habits as a regular part of your routine, you will experience the positive results that lead to continued and sustainable personal success.