Your life is the sum of your choices. We’re all faced with decisions that take us in one direction or another on a daily basis. What we choose to do, where we choose to live, who we choose to spend our time with—all these things combine to make up our lifestyle and directly impact our success as an individual. Let’s be honest: It takes hard work, dedication, and a lot of personal sacrifice to achieve success at any level. But when you consider how much of an impact your lifestyle has on your ability to succeed, it becomes even more daunting. In order to increase your chances of success in any area of your life, you need to first examine your current lifestyle and identify areas for improvement that align with reaching your goals. If you’re ready for a change, here are seven ways you can achieve success through your lifestyle:
Establish good habits.
Every habit, good or bad, is a pattern of behaviour that you can either deliberately choose or fall into without much thought at all. You might find yourself spending too much time in front of the television, eating unhealthy food, or neglecting to exercise on a consistent basis. Bad habits are tough to break, but if you want to make a real improvement in your life, you’ll need to start by forming positive habits related to your personal goals. When it comes to developing and maintaining good habits, it’s important to keep the following in mind: First, you’ll need to find something that you enjoy. If it’s a chore that you detest, you’ll never be able to make it a permanent part of your lifestyle. Second, you’ll need to identify a trigger—something that will cue you to engage in your new behaviour. For example, if you want to start meditating each morning, you might set a phone alarm to go off as a reminder. Finally, you’ll need to identify an incentive—a reward for having achieved your goal.
Change up your routine.
As the old saying goes, “variety is the spice of life.” If you’re feeling stuck in a rut and lack the motivation to experiment with new ideas, a change in routine can help you break out of the funk and refocus on achieving your goals. There are many ways you can go about this. You might consider changing up your work schedule, changing the type of work you do, or even just taking a different route to work every day. You might find that you have more energy and motivation after making these kinds of changes. Or, you might discover that you need to change more fundamental aspects of your life, such as where you live or who you spend your time with—you can’t change everything at once.
Procrastination is a common habit among all people, even successful individuals. However, it’s something that often holds people back from achieving their goals. Unfortunately, it’s an easy habit to fall into. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, you might tell yourself that it’s more important to relax and unwind than to tackle the tasks that you’ve been putting off. In fact, the opposite is true. When you’re relaxed, you’re much less likely to feel the pressure to complete tasks. Instead, it’s during times of relaxation that the subconscious mind is most active. That’s why you’ll often have epiphanies while daydreaming or taking a break from a particularly challenging task. The key to overcoming procrastination is learning to use your subconscious mind to your advantage.
Develop a strong work ethic.
Some people are born with a natural work ethic, while others have to work incredibly hard to develop it. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, you can always work to improve your work ethic. Having a strong work ethic means doing what needs to be done, even when you don’t want to. It means putting in the time and effort to complete the tasks that will help you achieve your goals. A strong work ethic is both a mental and physical endeavour. You’ll need to train your mind to overcome any self-doubt that might be holding you back and to focus on the positive outcomes of your efforts. You’ll also need to train your body to push past any mental or physical limitations that are holding you back.
Although reaching success through lifestyle changes can seem like a daunting task, the process starts with a single decision. Take a moment today to identify an area of your life that needs improvement and make a plan for how you’ll go about achieving it. Your journey to success may be difficult, but it’s sure to be worth it in the end.