There is a method used in the Nutrition field that has been used to effectively change diets of people all over the world. The method is extremely simple, yet proves to be effective time and time again. That method is this: focus on adding good foods to your diet rather than focusing on eliminating the bad. There comes a point that the body starts to crave the good foods and loses interest in the bad. The result is that the body no longer wants fast food and soda, but it craves fresh vegetables and other sources of nutrients. A person’s diet is completely changed from the very core and, using this method of change, the changes usually last.
- Create a daily habit of reading – This is a huge one. Reading expands your mind, knowledge, and takes discipline. Commit to read a little bit every single day; even if it is only for five minutes. Reading is the first thing I do each morning and I have found that it sets myself up to take on the day and to be ready to think and learn instead of react.
- Meditate – I have found meditation to be a huge tool in helping me overcome bad habits and begin to create the life I want. Meditation clears the mind and allows you to have more control over your thoughts and emotions as you go throughout the day. There are many guides to meditation online that you can look for, but the basics are essentially sitting with good posture and focusing completely on your breath. I promise you that you will have an avalanche of thoughts as soon as you begin, but the trick is to acknowledge having each thought and then refocus on your breath. Try not to attach any emotional feelings with the thoughts that arise; simply acknowledge having had a thought and then refocus.
- Exercise – Exercise is an obvious example of a new habit that you could add to your life. It helps overall health and energy levels, and can increase confidence and productivity in other areas of life as well. You do not even need to go do some crazy intense workout everyday. Just do something. There are lots of good at-home workouts that you can find online that you can do at home. Even push-ups and jumping jacks every morning will help you get moving in the right direction.
“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.”
- Learn a new skill – Pick something you have always wanted to. Maybe it’s to learn a new language. Maybe it’s to learn how to cook. Maybe it’s to learn woodworking. Whatever it is, this is chance to start down the path to mastering a new skill. Commit to doing one thing to learn more about that skill everyday. This will give you something to work on and help keep you motivated as you see the progress made in developing a new talent.
“Learning never exhausts the mind.”