Hello SOTGC community,
As a business owner, every year I have new goals that I am aiming to achieve. This year is no different from any other. I have taken stock of 2013 and set my goals in place. I have personally never made a New Year’s resolution. I believe that resolutions are so easily broken. Instead, I choose to develop habits, which, to me, is a more personal and sustainable way of incorporating new things into your daily life.
When you make a resolution, you start off with a rush of excitement to take on something new. Then, there comes the middle lull, when your willpower is tested to see it through. Finally, you either have conquered the thing or given up. On the other hand, when you incorporate something as a daily habit it does not test your willpower but, instead, becomes a part of what makes you powerful.
“Habits are safer than rules; you don’t have to watch them. And you don’t have to keep them, either. They keep you.” ~Frank Crane
Internal Awareness Breeds External Success
If you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig. The same goes for us humans. If your inside is not whole, no amount of lipstick can dress up your life. Success of any kind starts with who you are on the inside. For your life to thrive you must clean it up and feed and water it with daily habits that will draw positivity to your life.
A habit can be either good or bad. Commit to things that are meaningful to you. Take the time to do a sincere audit of your life, personal and professional. Dig deep; ask yourself what are the habits you need to develop to move closer to being your best self. Stay away from superficial things that won’t really change who you are on the inside. Focus on the things that will change “you”, and by changing yourself, you will change the environment around you.
Here’s a list of the habits I have committed to incorporate to breed success in my life
- More time with God – When you know the source, you know yourself.
- Forgive and seek forgiveness – When you take the power of pain and anger away, you will see your life thrive.
- Stop competing – There’s no greater validation of confidence in your self.
- Strengthen relationships – Your personal and professional circle should think, act, and believe like you. Your paths may differ, but your goals should be the same.
- Stop judging others – Everyone has their own story. Listen and learn about people. Be human and agree to disagree in peace.
- Travel more – It’s easy to have an idea of the world. It’s better to see it and know the truth.
- Read more (keep learning) – Books are a form of mental and spiritual travel. Absorb languages, cultures and facts about the world around you.
- Be healthier (mind, body, and soul) – Be aware of the foods you eat. Are they a good source for your body? Be more positive and self motivating. Feed your mind and soul the things that will help you grow.
- Take risk – Leave your comfort zone daily. Explore the things you want without hesitation. Allow your “gut” to lead you on a path your mind is afraid of.
- Give – The only way to acquire wealth, peace, love, and success is to give it away. How much you have in life is always reflected in how much you have given.
Do you already practice any of these habits? If so, which ones? What are some habits you have developed to create a better balance between your personal and professional life? We would love to hear your thoughts.