The hardest and most impactful habit you can add to your mental "toolbox."
As a business owner, or even just someone who is trying to excel within their job at a company, you know the importance of taking control of your days.
And what lies at the foundation of your days? Our habits.
They subconsciously govern us from the time we wake up to the time we go to bed and this is the reason that many people don't get done as much as they would like to during the day.
They have engrained into their mind habits such as getting distracted on social media every few minutes or even just keeping themselves busy during the day so they feel productive, while not getting any real work done.
As we get older and older, our habits become either a blessing or a curse as we are fighting for time in every area of our life.
We are likely to have the most free time we ever will at this point in our lives, especially if we are in college, just out of college or even still in our 20's.
Might as well take advantage of that and learn a habit that you will thank yourself for as early as tomorrow!
I almost forgot! If you are new to the blog, thanks for stopping by! With MMNTM (mo-men-tum) my goal is to help you level up your mind and mindset with effective "workouts." Much like you would train your body, this is the gym for your mindset, everything from your happiness and mental clarity to mental discipline and productivity. These are the things that have helped me the most and I love sharing them with you daily on yourmmntm.com/blog so be sure to stop out daily!
Now let's get back to what you started reading for.
A Glimpse At What You're Going to Learn:
Why You Are Reading So Many Articles To Change Your Habits
I would put money on this not being the first post you have read.
I'm sure this might not even be the 10th post you read on habits, it is a weird spiral to be stuck in because reading about habits can make us feel like we are being productive as we are looking for that "perfect habit" to add to your life. When in reality we are no closer to our goal of improving our life than we were when we started reading.
But, you never find that perfect habit and waste months of time reading when you could have actually taken some action and built the mental discipline to stick with a habit through all of this time.
Props to you for even reading these types of articles as many people just accept where they are at, when life doesn't go their way, and essentially just end up going through the motions of life, never really accomplishing anything.
Whether you just aren't seeing the results you want in your job, aren't getting those sales in your business, aren't spending enough time creating what you want to be creating or whatever it may be.
I hope this can help you actually start creating a new habit, if you have been looking for that "one perfect habit" this might be it.
Start Honoring The Commitments You Make To Yourself
And why this is the habit you should start with...
What, were you expecting, an easier habit? Maybe like "journal in the morning" and your business will start to thrive? Not one that is actually mentally challenging?
Well, nothing worth having is easy and no habit worth creating is that easy either.
This is a very mentally challenging habit because even though we ,make commitments to ourselves everyday on what we are going to get done, a lot of the time we think of an excuse on why it can't get done. Well now you don't get those excuses.
Now you actually have to flip the switch in your mind every time you want to make an excuse and not do something that you told yourself you were going to do that day, and actually do that thing.
It might be the most mentally challenging thing you will take on this month and that is alright, it is a life long habit that if you can master you are going to be sooooo much further along in the game of life than many other people.
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What Does This Include?
This can literally encompass anything you tell yourself that you are going to do on a daily basis and then never do.
Maybe you told yourself that you were going to eat no sugar this week and then by noon on Tuesday, someone brought in cake and you had some and told yourself "next time I won't."
Maybe you said you would go to the gym today and it got to be pretty late at work and you told yourself tomorrow you will for sure go, but the same thing happens.
Maybe you said you were going to work on that side project that you have been putting off for months because of the extra work, even though you really care about the topic, but you never did that either.
Or you even said you were going to spend more time with your significant other but you ended up watching Netflix instead.
We do all these things and then wonder why we are not getting the same results as others people are or wonder why we are struggling with confidence.
Well, maybe it's because you never do what you say you are going to or tell people you are going to, why would you have confidence if you can't even keep a commitment to yourself?
What Everyone Else Does When They Make Commitments To Themselves
This is how you start to stand out...
They do exactly what I was talking about above.
"Oh I guess I'll do it tomorrow"
"I promise myself next time I won't do _____."
"This can't happen again."
And you know what? They don't do it tomorrow, they definitely do whatever they were going to avoid next time and it almost always happens again.
Because our minds are wired to do what is easier and just falling back into the bad habit of not honoring your word is easier than actually putting in the work and honoring your word.
Even if they do take the time and create some discipline to actually keep their word, are they doing it for an extended period of time or are they doing it every area of their life?
I don't think so, and this is where massive opportunities lie in work and life for those of us who can create this habit.
How This Will Start to Change Your Business and Work
HUGEEEE changes coming your way.
So, what exactly is this going to do for your business and/ or the work you are doing?
Well, when you actually start to hold the commitments you make to yourself, you are going to be getting way more done in terms of what you need to do, and want to, in your business and same goes for any work.
While you might have spent hours doing nothing or scrolling through social media while at work previously, now you don't have that option because we are holding commitments to ourselves.
Naturally, this is going to lead to more effective work getting done because you always promise yourself that you are going to get that "harder" work done, when in reality you just do what keeps you busy and "productive."
Now we can actually get that hard stuff done in our work day and that is going to be a game changer.
Yes, something like this is simple in concept, but when you actually start to execute on it, it is a whole different ball game.
It is a game that is well worth playing though, so don't pass it up. Face this challenge head on, build this habit and it might be the best thing you have done for your work all year.
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How Is This Going to Improve Your Mindset?
In more ways than you think.
This has everything to do with your mindset, starting out with your confidence.
We miss a lot of opportunities because we lack confidence, whether it's the opportunity to meet someone or take on a new project or hear a new idea. When we aren't confident, we do what is easy and go open our phone to avoid the situation all together.
Want to know the biggest benefit of this habit? An increase of confidence.
When you actually start following through on the things that you told yourself you were going to do, you start showing yourself that you actually are enough. You are enough to reach your goals and you are in full control of doing so.
This is a powerful thing to add to that toolbox we call our minds as you can start attacking every situation, ready to learn, and not avoiding the situation because you don't think you are good enough to be there or think that only other people get success.
Another thing that this habit builds is more than a little bit of mental endurance.
When you start honoring every commitment you make to yourself and not just the ones you feel like honoring, and doing it for an extended period of time, you are going to build up the ability to do hard things for an extended period of time without getting as easily distracted.
This is your mental endurance and it is something a lot of us lack because it is not something we naturally have unless we have practiced doing mentally hard things for an extended period of time.
Why This is The Habit You Should Start Building Now
You really shouldn't give yourself another option if you are serious about your results at work and in business.
Why not any of the other ones you have been reading about?
Well, if you are serious about results, there really is no better habit to start building than this one because it is one we all struggle with and can make there biggest impact (as you have read about above).
Sure, some of the other habits you read about might make you feel better, but if you are specifically looking to build confidence and start seeing results in what you do rather than just going through the motions, you need to get on this.
Plus, once you build this as a foundation in your mindset, it will be easier to keep other habits as you will have the discipline to stick through the hard things for an extended period of time.
This should be a no brainer and the only habit you should consider starting today.
Don't try to create like three habits at once either, start with one and work on that for a while (ideally a month or two). If you try to do too much at once, you are not going to have any of the habits stick or be effective.
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Now be sure to actually put what you learned to use, don't just read about it and make yourself feel like you are taking action, actually take action!
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