“We first make our habits then our habits make us”. Habits are where our lives, careers and bodies are made. Charlisduhigg, the author of largest selling book “Power of Habit” emphasizes the importance of identifying your “keystone habit” which has a ripple effect –For example when people start exercising regularly, they tend to start eating more healthily & become more productive.
Cultivate healthy habits.Nothing else will so reliably create vitality, happiness and longevity.
Here are some key stone habits. You can incorporate into your daily life.
- Sleep Seven to eight hours nightly.
- Think of three blessings for which you are grateful each night before dozing off or upon awakening in the morning.
- Getting up early in the morning is great key stone habit that makes difficult task easier for you. You have more will power to work out.
- Walk is a low impact exercise has great benefits it helps with weight management improves mood, reduces stress, depression, anxiety and risk of heart disease.
- Exercise is a physical activity one must do twenty to thirty minutes every day because it increases energy and you feel better, make good sleep muscles strong, lower blood sugar and stress.
- Respect is a virtue of noble when you respect others, you respect yourself so be respected is essential.
- Dignity for all means assertiveness so learn it.
- Health should be first thing first. Take care of your health.
- Smile is a very good habit; it means I appreciate what I have and what God has blessed me with. So let the smile be on your face.
- Assertiveness means taking responsibilities for your own life, feelings and actions. Assertiveness requires a greater awareness of self and your impact on others. Assertive people are able to initiate and maintain comfortable relationships with other people.
- Gratitude: Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and to give thanks continuously.
- Pro activity: Proactive people do more than take initiative.
- To begin with the end in mind: People who identify and commit themselves to the principles, relationships and purposes that matter most to them.
- Put first things first. People who do this and have this habit organized and execute around there most important priorities. Whatever the circumstance they live and are driven by the principles they value most.
- Think win win. People who think win win have a frame of mind and heart that seeks mutual benefit and respect in all interactions. They think in terms of abundance and opportunity.
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This is also very good habit because seeking to understand takes consideration, seeking to be understood takes courage.
- Synergize: It’s the kind of creative cooperation of team work. Synergy is the fruit of respecting, valuing and even celebrating one another’s differences. It’s all about solving problems.
- Sharpen the saw: Effective people constantly renew themselves in the four basic areas of life: Physical, social/emotional, mental and spiritual.
- Start an early to bed & early to rise. Taking bath daily, brushing your teeth twice a day & cleanliness are essential for personal hygiene.
- Kindness in words creates confidence, in thinking creates profoundness while kindness in giving creates love.
- Reading, writing and speaking are also vital.