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7 Bad Habits That Are Ruining Our Ability To Succeed And How To Break Them

7 Bad Habits That Are Ruining Our Ability To Succeed And How To Break Them

One can say a lot of good things about the society we live in. Technology has made the world considerably smaller and has brought people together like never before. Business is no longer considered something we look for, but something we actively do and something people more easily and readily attain. Life is becoming faster and edgier. But, are we losing something in the process of all of the good things?

In my opinion, we are losing too many things to count.

The relentless pace we all live by and the constant struggle to reach new milestones, consume more information, and unlock new doors behind the elusive title of an “accomplished individual” is leaving us with some pretty bad habits.

To make matters worse, these habits impede on our professionalism, are bad for our health, and place conflict on our social modus operandi. They strike to our very core and undermine the foundations of everything we are trying to achieve, pushing our sense of accomplishment further and further away.

This vicious cycle needs to be broken. Here are some of the most poisonous habits of the modern man and woman and how to avoid them.

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1. Poor Nutrition

    Healthy nutrition has to be one of the most obvious victims of the modern lifestyle. On-the-go snacks are numbing our satisfaction signals and loosening our ties with the sense of genuine hunger. Fast food floods your body with unhealthy ingredients like trans fats. Skipping breakfast keeps your metabolism drowsy and deprives you of valuable energy.

    In order to avoid these unpleasant outcomes, kick off your day with an energetic breakfast and replace all the junk food you are eating throughout the day with some healthier alternatives. Also, do your best to eat only when your body is physically craving for food and not as a coping mechanism when you are feeling stressed, angry, or you simply don’t know what else to do.

    2. “I Want It All And I Want It Now”

      I’m a man with a one-track mind, so much to do in one lifetime…” The thing that the singer of this song didn’t quite understand is that any kind of success requires patience. Sure, patience requires time and time is something we all feel evades us, but there’s simply no other way around time and acquiring the things that you want. Patience is key.

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      Overly enthusiastic gym newbies end up with injuries. Businesses that bite off more than they can chew crash and burn. Such experiences make each new beginning much harder than it is supposed to be. What you have to do is to stop looking for instant success and find your way to the top one step at a time. Make small gains towards your goals and make them every day.

      3. Sloppiness

        Who knows? Maybe the laid-back attitude of the internet billionaires forever eclipsed the image of what success and wealth looks like. Be that as it may, neat, organized, and well-dressed people have always been taken more seriously and have earned more respect than the people who approach their work with a more lackadaisically. Dress for the job you want, not the one you have, remember?

        So, what should you do instead? Pay attention to your looks and the way you’re dressing. Don’t leave a mess in the office. Mold yourself into the person you’re trying to be by investing in your wardrobe. Maintain a workspace that represents your organization and capabilities of a great employee by having an office or cubicle that exudes the boss status you someday hope to have. In short, make looking good and being tidy a part of your daily routine.

        4. Sedentary Lifestyle

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          Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu alone pack more quality content than we’ll ever have time to check. And what about the countless hours we spend in front of our office desks or browsing the web? According to Tom Cove, CEO of the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, “the high rate of inactivity is fundamentally alarming.” It looks like binge-watching is rapidly becoming the new smoking.

          Fortunately, the solution to this problem is not that hard to figure out – start exercising. Various HIIT routines and 7-minute workouts provide more than satisfying results for the time invested. If you are more ambitious, you can sign up for yoga lessons or join a local gym. Make the 2/30 rule (30 minutes of exercise for every 2 hours of TV) the core of your daily routine.

          5. Cigarettes, Painkillers, and Alcohol

            Modern lifestyle is more than stressful, so it’s okay to look for a way to relieve that stress. Now, as far as human pleasures go, everything comes with a certain price. What makes cigarettes, alcohol, painkillers, sedatives, and other common substances we use to fight stress undesirable, is that their price is often too steep for us to pay.

            Physical activity, on the other hand, promotes the production of neurohormones, like norepinephrine, which reverse the damage inflicted to your brain by stressful events. As a result, exercising elevates your mood, improves cognitive functions, and allows easier absorption of information. Alternatively, you can cope with stress by learning the art of meditation. Unlike relying on substances and unhealthy habits, both of these methods will reward you with a number of long-term benefits.

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            6. Excessive Buying

              Shopping has always been a proven method for putting a smile back on your face and there’s really nothing wrong with indulging yourself from time to time. The problem, however, arises when indulging becomes a habit and the things that are your priorities begin to suffer as a result.

              Unfortunately, this habit can be reversed only through restraint, objectivity, and a lot of self-criticism. You can decrease your urge to spend by weening yourself off of excessive spending habits versus quitting cold turkey. Put yourself on a rewards system where tackling a priority is rewarded with buying a nice item or two for yourself every couple of weeks – as long as it doesn’t break bank. Basic budgeting and personal financing skills won’t hurt you either.

              7. Winning Mentality

                The world we live in is a world of climbers and the people who succeed have to have “winning” carved into their brains. What we often fail to understand is that climbing doesn’t have to mean pushing the others below or beneath you in order to get to the top. While such behavior can be tolerated in the business environment, practicing it in your social life can have devastating results.

                Personal relationships have no room for winners and losers. Trying to put down everyone around you to look good can only earn you a bad reputation and cause you to lose important relationships. People are much more appreciative of individuals who make them feel good, offer help, and elevate themselves by elevating others. So keep your “shark attitude” for the corporate situations.

                Everyone has innate desires to feel successful and accomplished. What makes the people with those qualities the way they are is the fact that they don’t put too much effort into habits that bring them down. So let’s follow suit in our efforts in creating a successful life and make the foundation for something better. It’s as easy as changing few bad habits.

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                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                1. Gratitude

                Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                  2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                  This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                  For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                  What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                  Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                  3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                  This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                  Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                  An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                  Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                    4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                    According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                    There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                    5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                    Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                    Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                    6. Rise Earlier

                    The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                    For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                    So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                    Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                    7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                    Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                    Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                    It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                    Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                    Reference

                    [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                    [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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