We all have habits. Some can be good, and some can be bad. Some healthy, and some harmful. By focusing more on the habits that enhance our lives and make them better, it will be easier to break the ones that are a more negative influence, plus, our lives will be enriched because of the effort we’re making.
So if you feel you could do more in life and you’re looking for a way to get started, taking on board some of these handy habits that will make your life better is an excellent way to begin. They won’t all suit your particular lifestyle, but they will certainly give you something to think about.
Always Tell The Truth
Telling the truth is always going to be beneficial and enhance your life, even if you don’t feel that’s the case at the time. Often it’s easier to lie, especially if that makes someone else feel better or lets you off the hook for something that you would otherwise have to be responsible for, but when you look back, you won’t feel proud. You won’t feel you have achieved. You’ll just feel guilty and wish you could change the situation you’ve made for yourself.
When you lie, there will be a reason behind it. Often it’s because you’re not comfortable with the truth, and that’s something to consider. What is it about the truth that makes you scared or vulnerable? If you can address this, not only will you not have to lie (or feel you have to lie), but you will get to the heart of the matter and make your life better once the issue is resolved.
Most people are reactive; something will happen and they will react to it. They will wait for life to steer them in a certain direction rather than taking the reins themselves and deciding which way to go. Making big life choices is difficult and can be frightening, but if you can be more proactive and decide what you want to do before something or someone forces you to act, your life will be much better for it. You’ll be able to do things you want to do, not what people expect you to do, and not what you happen to fall into and get stuck with.
Proactivity takes practice, but it’s worth it. You can start small. Look around your home and make a note of any items that you can fix right now, rather than waiting for them to entirely break down. A crooked picture might fall from the wall; straighten it before it does. Your neighbor’s window often gets blocked by a tree in your yard; trim the tree before the neighbor has to come and ask you to do it. You know your boss is going to ask for a project update; send it to them before they request it. Bit by bit these things might seem small, but added together they will show you why proactivity is the best approach.
Continued learning is a habit that will absolutely enrich your life in wonderful ways. Although you might think that once you’re done with high school or college, and once you’ve carried out any training you need for your career, you’ve finished with your education, that’s just one way to live life.
If you keep learning, either by ensuring you are completely up to date with your job sector, or by taking on an entirely new challenge because it interests you, or by choosing to obtain more qualifications to get a promotion or change career directions entirely, you will never be bored, and your brain will always be active (this is good for your mental health if nothing else).
You can go back to school to finally take a class you’ve always been interested in, or you can watch videos online that teach you how to fix a broken dishwasher, change a car tire, knit a sweater, ride a bicycle, and anything else you might want to know. As long as you’re learning, what you learn and how you learn it don’t matter quite so much.
Finish What You Start
One of the many bad habits that it’s so easy to fall into in life is not finishing what you start. You might have a great idea for a project, but after a while you get bored or tired or simply run out of enthusiasm. Perhaps you realize it wasn’t such a great idea after all.
Try to make it a habit to finish what you start (within reason; if the idea really isn’t a good one, finishing it might not be a good use of your time). Even if it becomes difficult – especially if it becomes difficult – you should keep going. This habit can serve you well in life, as there will always be tasks that seem too much of a challenge. By finishing what you start as much as you can, you’ll be much better placed to take on those challenges and change your life for the better.