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Breaking Habits: Why You Should Break a Habit That’s Not Bad

Breaking Habits: Why You Should Break a Habit That’s Not Bad

While habits are often necessary, they can be restrictive. Consider breaking a habit (even if it's not bad) in order to get out of your comfort zone.

If you do a web search of “breaking habits,” you will get over 30 million results about how to break bad habits (smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise, etc.). But recently, I came across the quote below by 20th-century theologian Henry Van Dyke, and it resonated deeply with me. It made me realize that habits, while often necessary, can be restrictive. Even if they’re not bad habits, you may want to consider breaking a habit that is not bad in order to grow a bit.

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Live Your Kind of Life

Live Your Kind of Life

If there’s one thing I learned, it’s that nobody is here forever. You have to live for the moment, each and every day . . . the here, the now. ~ Simone Elkeles

Choose the Life You Live

Do you believe you are living the life you have chosen to live? Do you believe you can shape what happens in your daily life? Do you have regrets? Are you living your kind of life?

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Get Some Fresh Air and Improve Your Wellbeing

Get Some Fresh Air and Improve Your Wellbeing

Fresh air improves your wellbeing in at least five ways. Learn the benefits of fresh air and how it improves your wellbeing right here.I spend time outdoors every day. As a writer, I enjoy being surrounded by nature. Breathing in fresh air is liberating. It awakens my senses and filters my thoughts (Three Ways to Manage Your Mood). I gravitate towards a wide-range of outdoor landscapes that calm, yet energize, my mind, body and soul.

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Jump Start Your Day – Seven Basics to Keep It Moving

Jump Start Your Day – Seven Basics to Keep It Moving

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. ~ Epictetus

Motivation

What causes you to take action? Do you have goals, whether it’s getting up early or exercising daily? Do you find yourself thinking negative thoughts? Are you doing what brings you joy and happiness?

Motivation is the it I’m referring to. Motivation is simply your eagerness or desire to do something. Honestly, some days I don’t feel like springing out of bed to seize the day. Some days, I’m not fired up to take the hill of goals I or someone else set for me. Nor am I always inspired to take part in the political Merengue that permeates corporate culture. Though, on the other hand, I am not interested in lounging around the house or willing to spend the day as the song lyrics of Otis Redding goes:

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Listen to Your Body – Pay Attention So You Can Hear

Listen to Your Body – Pay Attention So You Can Hear

Body listens to mind; mind listens to body. Awareness is the link. Make no mistake: Every cell knows when you are unhappy, anxious or stressed. A cell’s awareness is expressed in chemical reactions instead of words. No matter. The message comes through loud and clear~ Deepak Chopra, M.D.

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Quiet the Mind – How to Slow Down Your Hectic Life

Quiet the Mind – How to Slow Down Your Hectic Life

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live. ~Bertrand Russell

Foggy Mind

Is your life hurried and hectic? Is your mind constantly abuzz with stuff? At times do you feel like you are spaced out or in a mental fog?

A foggy mind impairs judgment, memory and our ability to think clearly. Bottom line is we live in a hectic world which opens the door for unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits, lack of exercise, financial stresses, escalated work demands and information overload. This blocks the pathway to bliss and creates an internal stream of fear, stress, hurries, worries, and life land mines and negatively affects the mind. Given this, sometimes we catch ourselves mindlessly functioning on autopilot. To tell you the truth, I cannot remember a time when my life wasn’t moving at Mach speed. But, I do recall a time when I felt like I was in a fog functioning on autopilot, unaware of what I was and wasn’t paying attention to. I can vividly recall, one day getting into my car, driving 22-miles to the office only to get out of the car and discover I left my shoes at home. That was an awakening. I begin the journey of practicing things that would dissipate the fog and quiet my mind. This is the first step to slowing down your hectic life.

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Visualize and See the Life You Want

Visualize and See the Life You Want

Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build. ~ Robert Collier

Awaken Your Imagination

Other than your eyelids, what do you see when you close your eyes? Have you ever wanted to hear, taste, smell or feel something differently? You can. Just imagine it!
Awaken your imagination to create ideas, images, and the environment you desire to see. When you visualize, you are tapping into your “mind’s eye.” This means you have the power to see things with your mind. It is an amazing inherent human gift to be able to shape what happens in your daily life by changing your thoughts and expectations. To do this you must first change the way you view things in life and then your conditioned response to those things will change. Visualizing has been used by many successful people, for example, Oprah, Tony Robbins, Jim Carrey, Bill Gates, Michael Jordon, and even Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. High performing athletes have long benefited from visualization. It is practiced a lot in applied sports psychology. In their book Visual Athletics: Visualization for Peak Sports Performance (William C. Brown Publishers, 1990), Dr. Kay Porter and Judy Foster suggest that when you see yourself doing what you want in the way in which you desire, it produces a blueprint in the brain that manifests in the mind as if you have gone there in the body. Now-like any gift whether it is the gift of singing, dancing, or painting, you must practice – the mental rehearsal of visualizing.

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