Are you making positive choices for yourself?
The choices we make and the habits we form determine the life we lead. Here is a quick reality check that you can use to gauge where you are in life.
Ask yourself these questions:
- How happy am I?
- Am I getting the results I want?
- Is my life turning out like I imagined?
- Do I feel good about myself?
- Do I look forward to life like this dog does?
- Am I passionate about life or just going through the motions?
If you answered negatively to more than one or two of these, then it is probably time for you to make some positive choices for yourself! You need to embrace some new habits.
We Need to Make Positive Choices and Form Good Habits
Sometimes the hardest part about making a positive change in your life is admitting that you need some new habits. If you are still reading this, you likely feel at least a twinge of conviction. Let me try to amplify that for you so you can move into action.
Here are some motivational ideas and thoughts about forming new habits for a good life:
1. You Have to Get Your Mind Out of Neutral
“Habit is something you can do without thinking, which is why most of us have so many of them.” ~ Frank Clark
If you aren’t experiencing the positive life that you want, then it is probably because you are on autopilot. It is time to yank back the controls and begin some new habits that will make your life soar! Why settle for a stagnate, boring life? The world is full of opportunity and adventure! You just need to shake things up a little with some new routines and habits to get back on track. Get yourself out of the rut right this minute by making a positive choice to pursue your dreams!
2. Creating New Habits Is the Path to a New Life
“First we make our habits, then our habits make us.”
~ Charles C. Noble
You have built the life you have by choosing to continue the habits you embrace. The only way to change your life for the better is to change your habits. You’ve got to make a commitment to change. Are you sick and tired of where you are at? Then get up and do something about it! Stir your heart and mind to act in different ways so that you can get some better results. It won’t all happen immediately, but new habits will transform your life faster than you think!
3. Choose the Right Habits to Get What You Want
“Successful people are simply those with success habits.”
~ Brian Tracy
Want to be successful? The best way to achieve success is to do the things that successful people do. Model their behavior and you will start to get their results. Find a role model in your field of interest that is enjoying a great deal of success and go interview them to find out what they are doing. Most successful people are very helpful and willing to share their experiences. This will zero you in on the exact habits you need to start forming and jumpstart your effort to change for the better!
4. Stop Bad Behavior That Is Robbing You of the Good Life
“Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.”
While you are starting to pursue some positive new habits, be honest with yourself about your bad habits. These are draining you of your power and happiness. They produce fear, guilt, doubt, shame, inferiority, defensiveness and embarrassment. Of course, none of these will help you live a better life. You’ve got to patch the hole in the dam before you can refill the reservoir with water.
5. Words Are Not Enough — You’ve Got to Act
“Feeling sorry for yourself and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.” ~ Dale Carnegie
Words are cheap. Action is what will change your life. Resolve to start taking baby steps today and every day to fix your life for the better. Make a positive plan to do at least one little thing to improve your experience of life on a daily basis. This positive action will snowball on itself and before you know it, you will be living life large! Along the way, be sure to keep a gratitude journal. This will help you keep track of all of the progress you are about to enjoy!
Forge a Yourself a Good Life with Good Habits
Okay, now you should be ready to act! I highly suggest that you immediately go check out the incredible resource that Mandi has put together for starting new habits at 31 Days of Organizing for a Better 2010: Start a New Habit. She will provide you all the steps to take, tools to use and tips you’ll need to forge yourself a good life. I wish you the very best in your new commitment to make positive choices!
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