Every year, people set out to reach new goalsâ€”earn more money, lose weight, grow their business, and more. I’ve found that the best way to achieve your goals is by committing to a new healthy habit.
By definition, a habit is a regular tendency that’s difficult to give up.
When you create healthy habits that are difficult to give up, you will inevitably get closer to achieving your bigger goals.
Today, I’m going to talk about the most important habits that you can start doing daily.
There is a good argument to be said that regular exercise is the most important habit. Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, calls exercise the keystone habit.
I agree that exercise is a cornerstone habit that leads to a better life. Even for a few minutes every day, a habit of exercise is a guaranteed way to become healthier and stay healthy.
On a similar note, people might argue that the best habit is hard work.
James Cash Penney, better known as the founder of JCPenney, once said,
â€œUnless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.
No doubt, being diligent is a crucial attribute for success and happiness.
I would argue that making a plan, specifically, a daily plan is the most important habit.
In 2019, I wanted to find out the characteristics of the most happy and productive people. I surveyed 500 people from across the globe. The results showed that 70% of those who said they were the happiest also said they had a habit of daily planning.
I’ve found that 15 minutes in the morning and evening to plan and review set up all other daily habits. It’s during the quiet planning time of the morning and evening that you plan your exercise, work, and all your other good and worthwhile activities of the day.
The ancient philosophers called the Stoics emphasized the importance of morning planning.
Marcus Aurelius proposes to remind yourself in the morning (of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
Epictetus advises to rehearse the day in the morning, and then review your progress in the evening.
Here’s a four-minute video explaining the Stoic morning routine of looking inward, examining ourselves, and reflecting.
At daybreak, we should ask ourselves a few questions:
The purpose of this daily routine is to get better and step towards our goals every day.
I found that a morning planning meeting with yourself can turbo boost your day. When you get off to a good start to your day, the rest of the day will follow suit.
Waking up early to conduct your morning planning is essential because it’s quiet, you can be still and free from interruptions. Early mornings are a time where you can connect to your soul and listen without worrying about the business of life.
Performing these daily practices will help you to look forward to the sessions to reflect and learn. You will find an enormous amount of joy from checking off the items on your to-do list. I’m slightly embarrassed to admit how much I love checking things off my list.
When you build and maintain the discipline to plan every morning and every day you will accomplish your wildest dreams and aspirations. Step by step, you will be creating a practice of progress that becomes very self-reinforcing.
Remember to be patient with yourself, others and issues that throw off your plan. Relationships always take precedence over tasks. Be intentional in building relationships and connections as part of your daily routine!
It’s an incredible feeling of productivity and success to be a good daily planner. I believe that daily planning is the most important habit for sustainable happiness and success!
If I can help you get on the right path for these kinds of practices, schedule a free call. And head over to Continuous Improvement 4 Life to find tools designed to help you accomplish your planning and goals.
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