Good habits = Reward
Habits are skills or practices that have been learned and stored in the unconscious mind. This is the part of your mind that you are unaware of. Habits include learned skills such as: tying your shoe laces, swimming, brushing your teeth and even driving a car.
Throughout life, we have all learned many habits. Some people would say that it is your habits, that determine your success in life; or even your ability to change them.
How long does it take to build a habit?
I wrote a blog post ‘Building new habits for positive change’ that discusses an article on The Huffington Post written by James Clear ‘How Long does it actually take to form a new habit? (Backed by Science)’.
This suggests that it can take as long as 66 days to build a new habit and not the 28 days first thought. James Clear has a brilliant website, which focuses on strategies for self-improvement based on Scientific research. When the new learning becomes a habit, it is so much easier to do, as it has then become part of your mindset.
It is important to understand, it is the repetition of practising the skill a little bit every day that boosts your results. This will help you develop the mindset to achieve your goals.
Mindful Vrs Stressful
How would you like to make achieving your goals easier, less serious and much more enjoyable?
Working hard is stressful, causes fatigue and requires a lot of self-discipline. Hard work requires loads of mental effort and concentration. Most people don’t like hard work, because it drains their energy levels and causes fatigue.
The mindset of working hard has limitations for many people because:
Hard work = stress & resistance
After reading ‘A New Earth’ by Eckhart Tolle, I learned the power of mindfulness, or as it is called in his book: ‘presence’. I like to think of mindfulness as a tool, that brings you into alignment with the present moment. When you are mindful, you are in the moment and your work is of a much higher quality.
Despite this, what do you learn at school and college? Many teachers and lecturers encourage you to:
“Work hard and knuckle down……”
Working hard in this way, means persevering through stress and resistance. Basically this means using your own motivation to achieve results. The problem with this approach is that everybody has a different level of motivation and self discipline. Stress causes mental fatigue, drains your energy and leads to suffering.
Here are 5 habits that you can implement now to help you let go of stress, and make your work much more rewarding.
1. Setting clear goals
Defining your goals mean’s getting clear on what exactly it is that you want to achieve. Knowing this, and being able to visualise clearly what you want to manifest, is very important. Everything that has ever been created, started off as an image in the mind.
Most people use their imagination the wrong way round, and think about what they don’t want. They are stuck, and don’t use their imagination to create a better more fulfilling life. It is important to train and develop your imagination.
Use your imagination to visualise what success would look like. How would you know that you have achieved your vision or goal? How would you feel inside? Use your imagination to build pictures of the final outcome. Visualisation is a skill that allows you to train your imagination.
- Shut your eyes
- Imagine you already have what you want
- Make the images big, bright and bold
- See all the colour’s vividly
- Practise this visualisation regularly
2. Take 5 conscious breaths
Before you start work, slow down and take 5 slow, deep conscious breaths. It helps to shut your eyes.
- Breathe in, slowly and deeply. Be aware of your chest expanding
- When you breathe out, gently relax and let go of any tension. Be aware of your muscles becoming softer and your body feeling lighter
3. Build new habits
Learning new skills is the secret to achieving your goals and in order to do this, you have to start gradually introducing new habits into your daily routine. When you learn a new skill, you have to start practising this skill daily. This can even be a short 20 minute exercise, as long as you are consistently practising this new skill every day, you are installing a new habit into your mindset.
Practising this new skill daily, over time will make it easier to learn, as a new habit is formed. Learning by building momentum in this way, takes time; however it is an easier way to make progress. Learning something for a short time, strengthens and installs this new habit into your mindset. Thats right, it strengthens the neural pathway in the brain related to this learning activity.
4. Use The Law of Attraction in your favour
In order to manifest what you want, you have to let go of stress and resistance. Stress and resistance will only slow you down.
I wrote an article: The Law of attraction: 10 awesome tips to manifest at super speed.
I have so much to do today. I will have to meditate twice as long !
Mindfulness is the skill of developing your awareness. In my own experience, practising mindfulness makes you feel great. It helps you to be more aware of how you think, feel and act. Mindfulness can change simple daily tasks, like eating breakfast into a meditation. Mindfulness is a powerful way to train your mind, to be in the moment.
People often go through life, not paying attention to how they feel on the inside. It is easy to become lost in thinking, carrying out your daily routine on auto-pilot. Life in this way is stressful, as you become more entangled in your thoughts, you lose sight of the present moment. Every task then becomes a means to an end, and life becomes more challenging.
Mindfulness allows you to enhance your perception, and enjoy life in the here and now. This is also a rewarding way to work towards your goals, with your full attention on the task at hand.