Are Your Habits Supporting YOUR Life?
What are some of your daily habits? It's worth taking a look at them. Your habits shape what you do with your precious time. You can decide for yourself which habits you engage in are "good" or "bad". I'd say that the actions you take that positively contribute to your health, happiness, prosperity and relationships are worth keeping. Anything else -well, you might want to make some changes. Here are some habits that I find to be dream killers:
1. Email. In my opinion, opening email first thing in the day is not the best way to start out. You're allowing others to shape your thoughts, actions and even your mood. I say make your first actions meaningful ones -something that makes you happy, something that inspires you to live a fantastic day, or something that contributes to a goal you have. Check email after you've done the most important things first.
2. Mindless eating. I think this widely accepted American habit contributes to obesity, poor health and a lack of enjoyment. When you eat - just eat. Don't read, watch TV or keep one hand on the keyboard. Be aware of the texture of the food, the taste in your mouth, how it feels in your belly. Give thanks for all the people involved in getting the food to your table. Sure, enjoy good conversation in between bites -but other than that - mindful eating will enhance your health and your life.
3. Noise. Lord, there's noise everywhere! When I pump gas there's a t.v. blaring at me (I skip that gas station now). I got a new dentist after my former dentist installed flat screen TVs in each exam room. I'm sure some patients appreciate it, but I got nervous when I noticed the dentist kept looking up at the t.v. Silence is a good habit to cultivate for the soul. Your inner voice knows a lot -it just needs a little time to be heard. Allow for some silence each day.
Be a gentle observer of your habits. Don't beat yourself up -just notice. Which ones make you happy? Which ones move your goals and dreams forward? Which ones are obstacles. Pick one and decide to change it.