Build a habit, and you build a life. You've probably heard the old saying "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime" .
This leads me to the most important habit:
- The most powerful habit you can learn is the ability to make new positive habits. If you can learn this technique, then you can apply it in all areas of your life.
- Regular exercise must rank as the next most important. If you are fit, and do moderate exercise 4-5 times a week, the benefits spill over into so many other facets of your life. The brain functions better, you feel energized and alive, you mix with people who are also exercising, and you will be more productive. Read the article on the benefits of sacrifice to understand why the bit of time you give up to exercise, is more than made up for by your additional productivity.
- Get enough rest. Rest can be looked at from a number of angles:
Sleep. If you are getting less than 8 hours of sleep a night, your brain functions less well. So even if you think you are doing well on your 6 hours a night, you could be feeling and performing far better with the right amount of sleep.
Taking a break from exercise. Although exercise is our habit number 1, it does require that you give your body a chance to recover. Even top athletes (in fact, maybe especially top athletes) give their bodies time to rest, recover and recuperate. The same applies to the brain. This is why sleep is so important.
Taking quiet time to think and reflect. In our busy, rushed days we seldom take time to stop, breathe and think. Have you ever wondered why some of your best ideas come when you aren't expecting it. When you are in shower or in the batch room,taking a walI or run are often when we get our best ideas. It's because we are letting our minds rest.
Ok, so that's only the top 3. Watch this space for more.
Things to expect include (and lots more): Learning to delay gratification Eating the right foods, at the right time, and in the right quantities. cutting out sugars The do it now habit. Procrastination really is the thief of time, and one of the most self-destructive habits around. Build an action-oriented life and see how well you feel. Drinking adequate water