Choose Your Habits Wisely (Especially this one!)
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle
Little Gems of Wisdom & Fun from Mary Lynn Ziemer
We are creatures of habit. Research shows that 40% to 60% of our day is based on routine activity that we carry forward to the next day, again and again. So, in essence, these habits become our life. The secret to a successful and happy life is to simply choose the habits that will propel us to greater heights and work in our favor.
Just think of the common phrase “your morning routine.” Do you know anyone who doesn’t have one? Routines are a big part of our life. They make us feel comfortable and bring us feelings of peace and calm. They can also help us feel more organized and effective, as we complete our tasks more easily, and often automatically. So, it’s easy to imagine that, when you change a habit or add a new, positive one, you can truly change your life.
The most important habit!
Let's take advantage of our human nature and love for creating habits by starting with a simple (but very important) one. Simply make a habit of finding pleasure in every present moment that you experience…all day long. It's one of the first steps to creating a life that's even more amazing and fun. It just takes a little practice, and the rewards are wonderful!
Remember, how you feel in this moment paves the way to your next. So, if you feel great in the moment you are in, you will be sure to create great things!
Here’s how to begin:
1) Concentrate on the moment and the situation you are in. Focus on your life and what you can create right now, with whatever is going on that feels good and brings you peace. This requires that you leave the past where it belongs, in the past. Concentrate on now by making choices that feel good in the present moment. The more you do this, the more easily you will be able to take care of your future.
2) Bask in the delight of your life right now, and lead with love. Open your heart as you place your full attention on whatever activity you have at hand. Notice how much more calming it is to do one thing at a time, as you fully immerse your mind and energy in it, remembering to feel good. Recognize the beauty of the experience you are engaged in. For example, feel the joy of connecting solely with those you are with, or the joy that exists in the simple act of whatever you are doing.
3) Now, go one step further. No matter what you are doing at any given moment all day long, find something about it that feels loving, fun, or kind. Be present and feel grateful for that moment. It’s an easy habit to form with practice. Just say, "I love you and thank you" in your mind for that moment, for the person, the thing, and for yourself, whatever the experience encompasses. As you say this to yourself, you are saying it to every one of the 50 trillion cells in your body, and it will feel good! Then, for an even greater dose of dopamine, form a smile on your face and feel the joy in your heart as you keep it there. Finally, imagine what your life will feel like when you smile and laugh all day long! This is how you begin to create a habit that will change your life forever!
Have an absolutely magical week full of love, gratitude and fun, fun, FUN!
~Mary Lynn Ziemer
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