Gandhi said that our actions become our habits, which ultimately leads to our destiny.
Our habits play a critical role in who we become in life. In turn, we should pay such close attention to the habits we have and the significance that they play in our lives.
While everyone is different, and we all have something different we are pursuing in life — these five habits will improve anyone’s life, no matter what they are pursuing.
1. Routine. This habit may seem very broad, but routine is such a great habit to have in our lives. We are all prone to bad decisions when left to our own devices. We need a method, and preferably one towards something that we are chasing with purpose, to keep ourselves moving throughout our days properly.
While there can be too much rigidity in life, very few people have too much. Find a routine that works for you in life, as best you can, and stick to it to accomplish your daily tasks. While someday will get chaotic and disrupt our routines, being able to jump back into our routine with discipline, is crucial to sustaining your success towards your goals.
2. Read. Reading is one of the most impactful habits of almost any highly successful person you will ever meet. Are there readers who aren’t successful? Sure. However, you rarely find a highly successful person who does not read.
For me, reading changed my life. Once I started digested books in a way to improve my life, books took on a new meaning. Whether you read a book a week, a book a month, or a book a quarter, is irrelevant. Just start reading.
3. Think. This habit has become a lost tool in life. We can’t stand to be still for a few minutes without reaching for our phone. Next time you have time to spare, think. Go for a walk and think. Stare at a wall and count to 100, dismissing any thought that creeps into your head. Or, sit and think for 10 minutes as part of your new routine. Thinking will increase your patience, give you clarity, and allow yourself to center. Do once a day for six months, and you’ll notice a difference.
4. Sleep. There is so much evidence to good sleep affecting mood, behavior, and control — which you need if you are to sustain good habits. It would be best if you had quality sleep. We all need to sleep. How much you need is something you must determine, but very few can operate at their peak on less than 7 hours, consistently. I would encourage everyone to seek at least 7–9 hours of sleep a night. It’s not about getting more done. It’s about being present, focused, and at your best when you are working.
5. Get the body moving. Walk, run, swim, lift weights. Whatever you do, move the body — don’t leave it idol. The body is given to us to move it. Philosophers and thinkers have gone on walks for generations. Moving the body is good for the mind and the soul. Don’t get concerns with a workout routine, if you are just starting. Just get moving.
All of these habits, like so much in life, need one other thing to impact our lives truly — consistency. We need consistency in the essentials in life if we want to truly make an impact on our lives, and move it in the right direction.
Wherever you are in your habits, focus on starting them and staying consistent with them. Over time, you will learn which habits in life are your impactful habits.