21 days is what they say…
Is what it takes to form a habit.
If you do something for 21 consecutive days, it will become a habit.
That is what science says, and you can’t really argue with science, right?
Success Swinging Singles
My mentor always talks about doing the daily tasks, the little things. Not trying to hit the homerun, but hitting the singles. Working on the fundamentals, the boring stuff. There is no magic pill for success, just consistently putting in the work.
I read the book, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness in November of 2014.
It’s a book about performing daily habits that can change your life, when done each & everyday.
Now this doesn’t happen in a week or a month, but over time. Little things like taking the stairs instead of an elevator, eating an apple instead of a bag of chips, meditating for 5 minutes per day, etc. It adds up over time.
In December of that year, I read a book called The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)
In the book, the author suggests it takes 30 days to form a habit.
The book is about getting up an hour earlier, although it does not have to be an hour. He suggests practicing 6 daily habits each morning guaranteed to transform your life before 8 am.
The habits are sitting in silence, reading affirmations aloud, visualizing, exercise, reading & scribing (writing). The acronym is — SAVERS
Way of Life
I am old school.
And I use spreadsheets for just about everything. I always tracked my daily habits with pen and paper. I did it all of 2015 and the first 3 or 4 months of 2016.
I then found an app, and wanted to test the digital habit tracking. It is called Way of Life: The Ultimate Habit Building App, and I cannot recommend it enough. It has helped me so much with the small, daily habits.
Ya know, the fundamentals?
H/T: To Mario Brown for recommending this app.
Here is a quick screenshot of the last 30 days;
As you can see, I have been doing pretty good, and it’s because I am tracking it.
One of my favorite quotes is…
You cannot improve what you do not measure
The green ones are completed, the red ones are
I am lazy not.
I try and spend 5 minutes (at least) a day to visualize my future. I think of the current day, tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. I do it in order. I close my eyes and think of all my goals that I have written down, and read out loud everyday.
I wrote about the power of visualizing here: [Case Study] How I Visualized Myself to the Masters
Read 20 Minutes
I think I have read 3 books in the last 30 days.
Another favorite quote of mine…
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time
Read 20 minutes per day, and see how it transforms your life in the next 12 months. Reading is essential to improving your life.
I read out 5 affirmations everyday, along with my 5 goals for the quarter. This is non-negotiable.
Another non-negotiable. I write about my day, everyday. The good, the bad & the ugly. Both personal and business.
Another non-negotiable. One of my goals for this quarter is to be consistently meditating for 20 minutes everyday. This has been an absolute game changer for me. It calms my crazy, ADD riddled mind down.
I recently started a H.I.I.T. program where I sprint for 30 seconds and walk for 90 seconds. That is one set. I do 8 sets, in total. So I am only sprinting for 4 minutes, and walking for 12 minutes. It sounds easy, but it is far from it. Give it a shot.
I only sprint on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, the reason you see a lot of red.
I have flossed more times in the last 30 days than I
ever have in the last year. It’s because I am tracking it.
I am no longer a spring chicken, and I am learning to accept that. I take a multi vitamin, fish oil, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, vitamin C, magnesium & every morning.
This is something I need to improve. A 20 minute walk is better than any anti-depressant on the market. It is amazing what getting out in nature can do. Add a 15-20 minute walk into your day, and watch your creativity sky rocket.
I used to write down 5 things everyday that I was grateful for. This became very difficult, so I focus on one thing that I am grateful for. This can be Amanda, my kids, my parents, the nice weather, the parks in Vegas, Facebook (yes, so grateful for that website), and many other things that I used to take for granted.
Over the last 4 weeks, I have achieved 319/348 of my daily habits, which translates to a 91.7% success rate. I take some fo the credit, but the app, Way of Life, deserves a lot of the credit. It’s FREE and you have no reason now to download it right now.
Do You Accept My Challenge?
Download the app, Way of Life.
How about we start small, ok?
Everyday for the next 30 days, write down something you are grateful for.
It can be anything you can think of, but you CANNOT repeat anything in the first 30 days.
There are a ton of studies out there that prove the power of practicing daily gratitude: The Science Behind Gratitude (and How It Can Change Your Life)
This should only take 5-10 minutes and can be done while drinking your morning
Again, you cannot repeat anything in these 30 days. It is challenging, but it’s a great exercise. You’ll look at things differently. It’s hard to explain, but throughout your day, you will look around to find things you are grateful for. Things, you took for granted before.
It’s really powerful.
These habit forming routines are a great way to get a slight edge on your competition.
They can change your life.
Leave a comment and let me know if you accept the challenge. If you feel like sharing what you plan on doing, I would love to hear that as well.