“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”
Habits are powerful factors in our lives. The quote above shows Aristotle saw the importance of habits. So too did Steven Covey with his best selling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. As does Leo Babauta with his blog zenhabits.net which is one of the most popular websites in the world [In fact I strongly encourage you to visit his website if you want to read more on the importance of habits].
I’ll leave the theory to Leo and concentrate this post on sharing with you two of my success habits that I do every morning without fail.
David Penglase, author of Intentionomics, puts it that “your habits are those learned automatic sequences of behaviour that you carry out, often without much attention or conscious thought.” [As an aside I had the pleasure of meeting David on a plane trip and he is just as thoughtful as his writing suggests!]
Daily Success Habit No 1 – Morning Papers
Writing my morning papers is the very first thing that I do in the morning and comes from the book ‘The Artist’s Way‘ by Julia Cameron. Put simply, the morning papers are three pages of writing strictly as a stream-of-consciousness.
What I mean by that is that you write whatever comes into your head without filtering, judgment or editing. I choose to do them on the computer and equate three hand written pages to 750 words.
There is no wrong way to do morning papers. They are not designed to be clever, artist, interesting or anything. They just are!
I find that the morning papers allow me to get all the ‘clutter’ out of my head before I start the day. Sometimes they may be about what is bothering me at the moment. Other times they may be about looking for answers to challenges that I am experiencing. It doesn’t matter – it gets out all those busy thoughts racing around your head and puts them into the papers.
Daily Success Habit No 2 – Connect with my Life Vision
Immediately after I finish my morning papers, I read through my life vision that I have written in detail and imagine what achieving this vision looks and feels like. A written vision works well and can be further enhanced by incorporating a visual element (for more info see my posts on writing a vision statement and creating a vision board).
By creating mental maps of your life vision then your brain will start seeing ways and opportunities to make these maps a reality. What you get is what you see.
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Take a 30-Day Challenge
I challenge you to give these two activities a go every day for 30 days straight. I find that 30 days is a long enough period to immerse yourself into something new but without being too long that it feels overwhelming.
If after the 30 days you don’t find any benefit, no problems, we are all different. But you might just find that, like me, these success habits work for you as well.
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