The easiest way to improve the quality of your life is to develop the habit of top performers.
If you want to be a businessman, develop the habits of successful entrepreneurs. If you want to be a writer, read about other writers and transform your daily routine what other writers have been following for years and continuously bringing out massive results.
Follow your role models on social media, subscribe to their websites, watch their interviews, read about them, and try to figure out what they do differently from an average performer in the industry.
Though there are over a hundred habits that will enhance your productivity and take you to the level of greatness, I wish to share with you five simple habits that will improve your life in less than sixty days.
These habits can be developed in a short period of time and therefore, once you develop them, you feel a sense of achievement which further motivates you to develop difficult habits for long-term success.
1. Budget Your Finances
Several studies found that 80% of the population of any nation does not where the income goes every month.
Most people complain about the lack of funds by the end of the month and having no savings kept aside. Every month rather than clearing the debts they add to the existing canon.
Families do not plan emergency funds, savings for retirement and long-term investment such as education of children, having their own house, etc.
Needless to say, wealth can’t be created on debt. Wealth creation is 80% behavior and 20% will-power. Your behavior and relationship with money define your total wealth in life.
And budgeting is one such habit that will help you find your behavior towards money. Once you know what your expenses are and where the cash is going, you can control the flow and divert it in clearing your debts or in saving or investing.
Follow these simple steps:
- Write down all your expenses, even the smallest one such as buying candy for your children.
- Put your expenses in different categories —Investment, charity, shopping, investments and so on.
- Control your expenses, live within your means, and create an emergency fund for the unexpected events.
If you remain true to budgeting then by the end of 60 days, you’ll be surprised to see the change in your savings and debt snowball.
2. Cutting The Cords
We become what we meditate on. Therefore, a positive and compassionate life comes when we meditate on positive aspects rather than fretting about the negatives of the world.
Whenever you find yourself coming across negative emotions, imagine yourself cutting the cord with those emotions. Silently say “Cut” whenever you find yourself dwelling on the pessimistic thought.
Such thoughts do not go away in the first shot. Therefore, silently speak “Cut” again and over again. Try to change your focus to the positive aspect of the situation and what you can learn from the incident that causes you to fret about it. (Refer the book Superhuman In You to rekindle your spiritual powers.)
3. Give Compliments
Last year, I made a point to give one compliment each day to anyone I met.
To my wonder, my life improved incredibly.
People began to seem more cooperative and caring. They tend to call me to share their woes and happiness of life. They begin to believe me as the right person of keeping their secrets. Above all, I was always greeted with a smile.
I’m in habit of complimenting someone each day for months, and I’m grateful that I have a lot of friends to count on for support and happiness.
It’s very easy to discourage someone, but difficult to make some feel important.
Financial help is not the only help you can give to your friends and family. You can improve their self-image and build them psychologically by giving them a sweet compliment.
As you do so, you will begin to see your life changing, for you are happy when the people around you are happy and treat you with respect.
The people who practice gratitude tend to have fewer desires and more happiness. They attract positive events and are highly immune to depression.
It’s obvious that we cannot get everything that we desire in life. Sobbing over them, too, does not make sense. We need this and that because we link materialistic stuff to happiness. Truth is we don’t need more of the objects. We only need to be grateful for what we already possess.
Practicing gratitude enlightens you and makes you more sensitive about the things around you. It heightens your spiritual powers and gives you a higher purpose in life.
In order to practice gratitude, write down at least five good sentences about the belonging that surrounds you. For example:
- I thank you “Books” for transferring the knowledge of ages. I love you.
- I thank you “Bed” for having me a good night sleep last night. I love you.
- I thank you “Fan” for working day in day out to make sure I can live comfortably. I love you.
- I thank you “Table” for being with me all the while I was working. I love you.
It might look silly at the beginning, but if you feel thankful for everything you possess, you will find an increase in levels of your motivation and tolerance. (Currently, I’m helping out budding writers to develop the habit of journaling. Know more here.)
5. Look Into The Mirror And Fake A Smile
Our mind cannot find whether or not what we are doing is fake or real. That’s why the popular quote goes around in the self-help circle, “Fake it till you make it.”
When you fake something, your subconscious mind accepts it as the reality and begins to attract the events associated with the activity.
Many studies have shown an astonishing relationship between our thoughts and reality. Hundreds of books have already been written down about the function of mind and how we attract everyday incidents in life.
To be a painter or writer, a student must learn how an artist thinks. One has to fake and stand on the other side of reality to look with a different perspective.
Similarly, all happiness of the world begins with a smile. To be happy, we must learn how to smile, even when we are not happy.
Researches too proved that when we fake a smile, our face muscles come into motion and thus, release a neurotransmitter called endorphins — also celebrated as “The Happiness Hormone” — reducing the stress hormone, cortisol in the body.
Also, a smile is contagious. When you smile, the world around you begins to smile automatically.
We’ve discussed five simple habits that will improve your life in less than sixty days. All these habits can hold a strong daily routine. All you have to spend around 40 minutes every day.
- Budgeting Your Finances (before sleeping at night) – 10 Minutes
- Cutting The Cords (practicing it with deep breathing) – 10 minutes
- Give Compliments – 1 minute
- Practicing Gratitude – 10 Minutes
- Fake A Smile – 5 Minutes
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Nakul Grover, author of Superhuman In You and the one who runs this blog. He has been writing on self-improvement since 2014. Featured on various websites, his works have helped thousands of people to live an extraordinary life. He loves spending his leisure hours in reading books and learning new skills.