What are your good habits 1

The 1 × 1 of habits and why we are all creatures of habit

What are habits and why are they so damn important to us? Habits are the small decisions and actions that we consciously make every day or, which is more likely to be the case, subconsciously. They are the automatisms that are stored deep in our subconscious. According to researchers at Duke University [1], habits make up about 40% of our behavior on a normal day.

Habits are fingerprints of character.

Alfred Polgar

So habits affect us all. We humans are all #customized animals, Gustav Freytag already recognized that.

Creature of habit

Being a creature of habit can be either incredibly positive or really catastrophic in our everyday lives. The power of habits shapes your everyday life and affects all areas of life. Habits influence our feelings, thoughts and thus ultimately our daily behavior.

Remember: Your life at this moment is nothing but the sum of all your habits.

How fit are you How successful are you How happy or unhappy are you All of this is a direct result of your habits. So if you are unhappy with your current life situation, you should urgently review your habits.

Because what you do repeatedly and what you think about over and over again every day, ultimately determines what kind of personality you are. If you can transform your habits, you can transform yourself too!

By nature, people are almost the same; only habits separate them.

Confucius

But how do habits work? How can you use habits to really achieve your most important goals in life?

The two types of habits

There are 2 types of habits, as you have probably already recognized yourself: good and bad habits.

Positive habits

Positive habits are habits that will help you grow into a happy and successful person.

Examples of positive habits are first and foremost all habits that promote your physical well-being, as well as your mental and emotional well-being, and ultimately result in your health. Perhaps you are now thinking, well, I am healthy, I am fine and, besides, fun is much more important than health ... Mental and physical health, however, are the basis of a happy, fulfilled life. None of us like to be sick. It is much easier and more beautiful to live healthy. This does not mean that you cannot lead a beautiful and successful life if you suffer from a chronic illness, but health is probably the most valuable thing we can own besides love.

By establishing many positive habits in your everyday life, you can practice prevention so that your health can be maintained for as long as possible.

Concrete examples of positive habits are therefore regular exercise, reading every evening before going to bed, a healthy diet, regular relaxation, drinking enough water every day, etc. Feel into yourself and pay attention to your body, it gives you signals and shows you, what is good for him and what is not.

Negative habits

Negative habits, on the other hand, are habits that prevent you from achieving your goals, being yourself and maintaining your health.

Bad habits are destructive to your happiness and success. They feed your inner weaker self with arguments and excuses why it is good to keep on sticking to this bad habit, even though you usually already know inside yourself that your inner weaker self is wrong. Bad habits are often the simpler and easier variant and just a type of repression. The problem with it: at some point everything will catch up with you that you suppress. Therefore, it is better to take the harder path right away, but one that brings you closer to your goal and helps you to become more successful and happier.

Everyone knows examples of bad habits: smoking, too much alcohol, poor diet, little exercise, etc. These are the classic examples of bad habits that people like to follow without thinking about them. They lead you into a passive posture and protect you from dealing with certain things, but above all prevent you from reaching your full potential! Therefore, start to question what you actually do there every day.

Nothing is more powerful than habit.

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We would like to support you in your plan to integrate many new positive habits into your everyday life! Because no question about it, it can be difficult to build good habits. This is especially true if the establishment of your positive habits is to be permanent.

Habit is called the great ruler of life. Hence, we should strive in every way to instill good habits.

Francis Bacon

Fortunately, there are a few simple strategies you can use to keep good habits and break bad ones.

The following 3 simple tips should be heeded in order to slowly and permanently build positive habits.

Tip number 1

Start with a habit that is so simple that you cannot fail to implement it. The habit must be so easy for you to implement and integrate into your everyday life that you can do it without thinking about it too much.

Because the most important thing in building a new habit is to be consistent. It doesn't matter how well you do in a single day. Sustainable and long-term efforts, sticking to it, ultimately make the difference.

That's why you should start choosing a habit that is so easy to implement that you can't say no to it. In the end, this new positive habit should be so easy to implement that it almost feels ridiculous.

A couple of examples:

Do you want to build a training habit? Then your goal today is to train for exactly 1 minute. Tomorrow 2. The day after tomorrow 3 etc.

Do you want to start a writing habit? Then your goal today is to write exactly three sentences. Tomorrow 4 and the day after tomorrow 5 and so on.

Do you want to establish a healthy eating habit? Then your goal for this week is to have a healthy meal.

It doesn't matter at all that you start small. Because once you have started you still have enough time to improve. You don't have to go to a CrossFit gym, write a book, or change your entire diet right from the start. Start with small steps! And very important: do not compare yourself to others! Prove to yourself that you can hold onto something small for 30 days. Only when you are there regularly can you start thinking about increasing the level of difficulty.

But in the beginning, performance doesn't matter. Doing something impressive once or twice is almost meaningless if you can't stick around long-term.

You can't throw a habit out the window; you have to box it down the stairs, step by step.

Mark Twain

Tip number 2

Take some time to understand exactly what is holding you back.

So that you understand exactly what we mean by that, here is a little example story:

About 3 years ago Anna really wanted to start doing yoga on a regular basis. But since she always thought she wasn't the type who likes to train independently, she signed up for a yoga class in the next bigger city. After 2 months Anna decided to drop out of the course. What happened?

It wasn't the workout itself that made Anna drop out early, it was the fact that she absolutely didn't like having to always prepare for the gym, drive somewhere for 20 minutes and then work out. In addition, she didn't like being in public places and exercising in front of other people.

Those were the real obstacles preventing their practice habit.

When she noticed this, Anna considered how she could simplify the training. She bought a yoga mat and started exercising at home two nights a week using YouTube videos. Anna has been sticking to her training routine for months now.

What do we learn from it? You may not be able to understand what you don't like at the beginning. But if you find out how you can overcome any hurdles, that may be exactly the impetus you still needed to finally overcome the hump and achieve your goals!

People who hold on to good habits know exactly what is holding them back.

You can now pretend that you are the "type of person who does not like to exercise" or the "type of person who is not organized" or the "type of person who craves candy".

Instead of making a general statement about your habits, however, it is better to break them down into smaller parts and think about what prevents you from finally sticking to it. Once you realize this, you can come up with a solution to solve this problem.

You stay young as long as you can learn, adopt new habits, and endure contradiction.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Tip number 3

Develop a plan in case you fail.

Whenever you start building a new habit, you should always think ahead about what you will expect from yourself. To be successful right from the start? Be perfect even when people who have been doing this for years regularly make mistakes? Not so better.

You need to learn not to judge yourself or feel guilty about making a mistake. Instead, you should focus on developing a plan to get back on track as soon as possible in case you get lost.

The following 3 strategies can help you with this:

Make schedules instead of setting deadlines.

For now, forget about your performance and concentrate on finding your new identity and a regular rhythm.

Make the following sentence for your new motto: "I will never skip twice in a row."

We find strategy number 3 in particular to be particularly useful. Maybe you have a bad day and you will not go to training contrary to your original plan, but you will never stop training twice in a row. You might eat a whole pizza, but a healthy meal afterward. Maybe you forget to meditate today, but tomorrow morning you will start the day directly with a meditation.

If you give up your habits, you have not automatically failed. On the contrary, that's not bad and just human.

What distinguishes the successful from everyone else, however, is that they quickly get back on their way.

So make sure you have a plan for when you will fail.

Motivation makes you want to get started. Habit makes you move on.

Thomas Mann

Conclusion

Positive habits are nothing more than daily repetitions of an action that will help you live a happy and fulfilling life. Try it out and become a # creature of habit! Show us and the community how you regularly work on your positive habits by following ours Hashtag #customer using. Always make a habit that you want to establish in your everyday life from now on and put it into practice for 66 days. Only after approx. 66 days do we implement new positive habits and the habit becomes a real positive habit, because our subconscious has then stored it.

In addition, observe yourself in everyday life and reflect on which habits are useful for you and which are not. Avoid negative habits and declare war on your weaker self!

Together we can do it and motivate each other! So don't forget: #Beast of habit!

You will be amazed how quickly you become happier and more successful. Have lots of fun with it!

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Pay attention to your thoughts because they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Pay attention to your actions because they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become your character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

From the Talmud