3 Quick & Easy Daily Habits to Help You Reach Your Highest Potential
Sometimes it feels like there are just not enough hours in the day. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? I’m speaking from experience when I say that it can often feel impossible to move forward when you don’t even know where to even start, leading to a vicious cycle of anxiety & discouragement… all the bad ju-ju you can think of!
Get out of that rut: here are 3 quick and easy daily habits to put you on the path to reaching your highest potential:
I’m a HUGE advocate of meditation not only because it relaxes you, but because there are so many cognitive and psychological benefits to meditating.
According to Medical Daily, Harvard researchers conducted a study in which participants meditated for eight weeks and at the end of those eight weeks, “the brain’s gray matter significantly changed— a major part of the central nervous system that is associated with processing information, as well as providing nutrients and energy to neurons. Meditation has shown evidence in improving memory, empathy, sense of self, and stress relief.”
Some of you may be thinking, “well that sounds great and all, but I don’t have any time to spare!” Don’t stress!
You don’t need to sit in the lotus position for an hour. Research has shown that simply setting aside a few minutes throughout your day, closing your eyes, and taking a few deep breaths can immediately ground you. It brings your awareness back from the scattered, stressed place it may have been in before.
It’s like restarting your computer when it’s spazzing out, but instead, you are restarting your brain.
- Be Positive
This one is easy. Only one thought can exist at a time in your mind.
Which do you prefer: a positive thought that leads to a happy, healthy life… or a negative thought that does the exact opposite?
One of my favorite books says it perfectly: “Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot grow.” Make it a habit to tell yourself positive affirmations daily. Tell yourself, “I live in a world of prosperity and abundance. The world gifts me with love and I receive it and give it back. I love myself, I am awesome!”
It doesn’t have to be that phrase exactly, just tell yourself something positive! It may sound like hocus-pocus to some, but our thoughts create our reality, and the more positive thoughts we have about ourselves, the more positive our outlook is on life.
Positive thoughts also open the heart to gratitude. It’s the law of attraction. The more positive thoughts you have, the more positive things come your way. Just give it a try! You’ve got nothing to lose.
Have you ever instantly felt better just by stepping outside and taking a deep breath? Well, that’s not just in your head. Science actually proves that being outdoors is good for you.
An article by the Huffington Post states that not only does being outside increase brain function, but the scents that you find out in nature help to reduce stress. Nature, put simply, makes us happier. It’s unknown why our bodies react so positively to being outdoors, but scientists believe “that we like things that are inherently good for us and our survival, which is why trees and other natural elements can help lift our moods.”
Even a five minute stroll through your neighborhood or a quick walk to the cafe creates positive physical and mental results.
Crawl, Walk, Run
Keep in mind that a successful, happy life is comprised of small, measurable steps and healthy daily habits.
We can’t expect to be where we want to be career-wise, health-wise, or happiness-wise in just a day’s time. We must be patient with the process and have faith that the ups and downs are only making us stronger, wiser, and bringing us closer to being the best version of ourselves.
Give these tips a try and let us know what worked best for you!