Let’s move from bird’s eye to street view here. What does it practically look like to live your best life? It comes down to the habits that we implement and execute in our lives. You need to form the habit of changing your habits. In this video, peak-performance coach Brett Blair outlines some of the habits you might not think of immediately that move us from surviving to thriving:
- Become a reader.
- Get yourself a journal, even if you don’t think you’re a talented writer. If you’ve never practiced writing, start with buying yourself a journal. Schedule in five minutes each day to write in it. If you’re not sure what to write, start with recording what you’re thankful for. Eventually, this will become a habit.
- Write a book and utilize the almost lost arts of thinking and pondering. It could be a book that nobody else reads, or it could be a book that brings income.
Move away from technology and become friends with pen and paper. It will change your life.
Living your best life. Living your best life, that’s my goal and I bet it’s your goal as well. And part of living your best life is living your life on purpose and generating the right habits of your life. Acquiring better, good habits and getting away from some bad habits.
I like to say that I have a habit of changing my habits. And as I look back over the past decade or so, there are a couple of habits that are fundamental to the way I’m living my life. And I’ve talked about these before.
But number one is to become a reader. Turn off the television, turn off all the other distractions, and commit yourself to reading more often, and reading good books.
But number two, and this is even more difficult for people, I think, is to be a writer, become a writer. And I know a lot of people don’t like to write or they don’t think they write well or it’s just not a habit, and I understand that.
And with technology changing so fast, and I’m a huge fan of technology, but I think what’s happening is we’re moving away from some of the core habits that are good for humanity, reading and writing, thinking, pondering.
So, on this idea of becoming a writer, I have two specific recommendations. One is to go out and buy yourself a journal. Here’s one of my journals. And make a habit of every day, at least for five minutes, writing in your journal. And if you’re not sure what to write about, then start with a gratitude journal. And there are all kinds of scientific evidence, fresh evidence about how, if you’ll just take a couple of minutes every night and write down three things in your journal that you’re grateful for it’ll start to change your life. It’ll actually make you happier and healthier, and more resilient. And it’ll change your mindset to be more aware of the awesome goodness of life. And to quit looking for the negative things in life. And overtime that’ll change your life.
So, it could be you’re writing down every night something you’re grateful for. A journal is a great place to get away, let’s say, once a week at a coffee shop. And just jot down the things you’re thinking about, the things you’re worried about or the things you’re looking forward to. Maybe make some goals and plans for the upcoming quarter. Maybe think about a trip you wanna take. But get away, unplug from all the technology, sit down with an old-fashioned pen and an old-fashioned journal. And just write down your thoughts. If you do that, every day, every week, every month. Before you know it, it’ll become a habit and it’ll become a habit that you enjoy. And it’ll become a habit that will build the foundation for your life.
Now, another recommendation I have for everybody out there is to write a book. Write a book. Now, it doesn’t have to be published, and you don’t have to, you’re not writing it to make a million dollars, although you might. But just write a book. It could be a book that nobody else reads. It could be a book you give to your children, or to your friends, or to your church. And it’s so easy these days to self-publish. I’ve self-published both of my books and I’m happy to help you if you have any questions on that. But set a goal. Maybe in your bucket list. Before you die, that you will have written a book.
So, get a journal, write it in every day, think about setting a goal to writing a book. Regardless of what you do, become a writer, move away from the iPhone and the computer more often and take time with an old-fashioned pen and paper and write down your thoughts. Overtime that will make a difference in your life. And little by little, that’ll move you in the direction of truly living your best life.