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For many of us sticking to good habits can be difficult. Before you go to bed, do you aspire to be the best version of yourself the next day?
Do you promise yourself to work out more, eat healthier meals, study more, upskill, and help people?
Do you kick yourself when you don’t meet your ‘daily criteria’ of becoming your best version?
There’s a word that describes this process; it’s called being productive.
Being productive means making use of your time by doing stuff that matters.
It means engaging in activities that will support your growth, whether it’s for your career or personal/emotional growth. Productive is when you can say that you’re proud of yourself, you did your best and it was fulfilling, exhilarating! You put your heart into it.
But with every day’s tasks and challenges, sometimes we are just ‘busy’ but not really productive. It’s not always your fault.
Do you want to feel fulfilled and exhilarated every day? Or do you want to feel as if life is just a winding road that you have to go through?
You have to make each moment count because a single day can turn into weeks, weeks into months, months into years…
So, how do you stick to your habits and become your best version?
There’s a trick in unlocking that door that leads you to your best version and it has something to do with establishing good habits.
1. Realize your purpose.
Before anything else, you have to find out what you truly want. What does your heart tell you? Here’ an article that could help you find your purpose.
For some women, their purpose in life is to be the best parent and raise their kids to become decent and kind individuals. For others, their purpose is to be the best in their craft or to create the best product that would help a lot of people.
What do you do that makes you happy? You can start from there.
3. Envision your best version.
Envisioning yourself puts you in that vibration. Who do want to be? What kind of person do you want to be?
Do you want to be the kind of person who lives life to the fullest, grabs the bull by its horns, and takes control of your life? Do you want to travel three times a year and be your own boss?
Put that all in writing, envision yourself being that person. Feel how it is to be “you 2.0.” Read books and watch shows that depict the person you want to be. Put yourself into perspective.
3. Invest in yourself.
Find your passion, your skills, what are you good at. Invest in that.
Enroll in online courses and put a timeline for yourself. It’s easier to learn new skills at a time and digital age where everything is at your fingertips.
Becoming your best version means loving yourself even more by investing in yourself.
Do you want to be promoted at work? Find out what needs to be done and be on your way to that path.
4. Focus on your habits and be consistent.
No matter how unmotivated you feel, just show up. Show up at work, show up in class, in meetings.
When you show up, you are one step closer to your best version.
If everything seems too overwhelming, take things one step at a time and know when you need to rest.
You can rest but don’t quit.
5. Block out distractions and focus on your goals.
If you forget what everything you are doing is for, go back to your WHY.
Why are you working on yourself again? Why are you studying a new course or learning a new skill? Right! You want to become that person you wanted to be.
Put your phone away and mute your notifications if you have to. Work somewhere where you cannot be disturbed.
6. Do something consistently for 21 days until it becomes a habit.
To build your habits, you need to do it for at least twenty-one consecutive days. Build a routine because a routine keeps you going – it’s your muscle memory that will remind you to show up even when you’re at your lowest.
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