(Henrik Edberg) Making a positive change in your life does not have to be about making a huge leap. But I believe that belief is one of those things that hold people back from improving their life and world. A simpler way that more often results in actual action being taken and new habits being established – in my life at least – is to take smaller steps but many of them.
So today I’d like to share 10 quick habits that can help you to change your life for the positive in just 2 minutes or so a day. Through these small steps you can start to build habits that become stronger and over time can change your life in ways you perhaps can’t imagine now. To remember to actually do one of the things below each day I recommend writing down a simple reminder. Put it on your night table so that you see it when you wake up each morning. Or put the note in your workspace so you see it early in your day.
If you like and if possible, expand on the small habit after a week or two and do it for just a few more minutes a day. The thing is: getting started is pretty much always the hardest part. After I have started moving and been at work on these items, it’s a lot easier to just continue:
1. Just start working for 2 minutes on your most important task.
I use this one at least one day every week. On some days I simply don’t feel like getting started with work. I’d much rather stay lazily on the sofa. So on such days I just start to work for 2 minutes on my most important task.
2. Review and appreciate your day at the end of it.
If you do good things during the day and get things done then that can raise your self-esteem. If you reflect upon that you have done so that is. So take two minutes of the end of your workday. Appreciate what you did and what you thought.
3. Set a low bar for happiness for the day.
One thing I like to tell myself when I wake up in the morning is this: “Have a low bar for happiness today.” As I tell myself this and try to keep it in mind during the day I appreciate things more. This way of looking at my life actually fuels me with more energy and inspiration, life becomes lighter and I feel less inner resistance as I explore and work towards both small and bigger things.
4. Breathe when stressed.
When stress catches up with you, when you start to feel anxious, irritated and or fearful because of it then take 2 minutes. Sit down. Breathe through your nose and do it rather deeply with your belly.
5. Open up your senses to what is here now.
Pull yourself out of the past where you relive an old conflict and drag yourself further down a depressing spiral. Pull yourself out of the future where you imagine a catastrophe at your next meeting, date or presentation.
Place yourself and your attention on where you really are. Here and now.
6. When you feel the need to judge someone tap into understanding instead.
The amount you tend to judge others often tends to be how much you judge yourself too. So help yourself to live a more positive life in those two ways by pausing when feeling the need to judge and then choose something better.
7. Think for a minute and give someone a genuine compliment.
Spend one minute coming up with something you really and genuinely appreciate about someone in your life and that is in the same room as you at some point during the day.
It’s a small thing but physical intimacy can reduce stress and make us feel good.
9. Be interested instead of interesting.
At the start of a conversation or to break the ice spend two minutes on asking one or a couple of questions about someone you are talking to and his or her life. Pay attention and don’t just wait for your turn to talk again. The interest you give will most likely be returned and you can start to build not only a good conversation but also a giving and fulfilling relationship for the two of you no matter what kind of relationship it may be.
10. Mix things up.
Try the opposite. Make a habit of mixing things up to have more fun. To grow your life in small or bigger ways. To add unexpected experiences. To make it easier and simpler to step out of your comfort zone in general when you really need to. And to feel alive.
Conclusion (it’s all positive!)
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