Did you know that by adopting certain habits, you can redesign your life?
Your habits have a daily impact on your being able to live the life you want.
When your habits empower and support your soul, your values and your vision; it’s much easier to create the changes you crave.
My guess is that you’re reading this because you’re at a crossroads or turning point where you’re ready to design a better life.
Maybe you’re ready to begin again, start over or change directions.
Maybe you’ve had the realization that “things” are just not working.
Maybe you have a dream that you want to bring to life.
Maybe you’ve been just surviving instead of thriving.
Or maybe you’ve just decided to make your well-being and happiness more of a priority.
You’ve arrived at the “I don’t want to live like this anymore” moment and want to take action.
Yet, you’re not sure how to start.
My suggestion is to start by looking at your habits.
To Adopt New Habits and ReDesign Your Life, You Must Choose.
Your current habits have contributed to the life you have today. They may have worked for you in the past. They may have empowered you to be your best at some point. They may have aligned with your visions, dreams and goals from yesterday.
However, now your habits no longer support who you want to be or what you want to create next.
Habits are rituals and behaviors that we’ve adapted for our lives. We perform them automatically, without effort. They can range from brushing our teeth, to writing a weekly schedule, to walking the dog before we leave the house, to calling our best friend every day. They just become part of what we do whether they are negative or positive.
When we want to make a change in our lives, one of the first places to start is evaluating our habits. We need to stop doing what no longer works and start creating new habits that will empower us to design a better life.
Here are 12 habits to cultivate to empower and support you on your journey.
12 Habits To Adopt To Help You Redesign Your Life.
# 1: The Habit of Spiritual Connection For Your Soul
It’s so important to connect with God, Your Higher Power, Your Divine Wisdom or the Universe daily. Having a spiritual connection or relationship with “something” greater than yourself can give you a sense of peace and a feeling of being cared for in this crazy world.
We need peace and quiet to access our own thoughts. Our minds are usually filled with so much information that we can’t even hear ourselves think. Yet our true soul’s calling, needs, wisdom and joys are beneath the surface of that noise.
Commit to spending at least 15 minutes each day alone with yourself and your “Higher Power.” Pause, pray, meditate and listen. Ask for guidance and direction and be open to the answers that you receive.
# 2: The Habit of Taking Care of Your Body
Your body is the home of your soul. Nourish it with whole foods, clean water, fresh air, exercise and your “right” amount of sleep and rest to stay healthy. The healthier your body is, the more energy you have and the stronger you feel. When you feel good and healthy in your body, you mind becomes clearer and healthier as well. This overall feeling of wellness will impact your ability to make positive choice and take positive actions towards living your best life.
# 3: The Habit of Creating Empowering Rituals and Routines
Anchor your day in rituals and routines. Whether it’s morning intentions, prayer or exercise; or evening readings, journaling or a bath; rituals can help you incorporate your values into your life and give you a sense of meaning. They help you begin and end your day in a positive, life-giving way.
# 4: The Habit of Letting Go
We all hold on to thoughts, beliefs and things that no longer serve us.
It may be the book collection on your shelves that you know you’ll never read, the stories from your past that are no longer true or the job that is safe but makes you miserable.
Set aside time regularly to get rid of whatever thoughts, ideas, beliefs or things that are cluttering your mind and your life. This may be through journaling, meditation, tapping or physically changing your lifestyle or surroundings.
It’s important to realize that the more you have in your life or your brain that no longer serves you, the less room there is to receive or create something new and better.
# 5: The Habit of Living True To YOU.
Make time weekly to reflect on your talents, gifts, strengths, and favorite parts about yourself. Notice what you like and value about who you are. Keep a journal or list about what you discover.
Think about the things you need in your life to thrive and really feel alive. It may be self-care. It may be time to be creative. It may be healthy relationships with people you love. It may be creating a business of your own. It may be discovering and living your unique purpose.
Whatever it is, honor yourself and what makes you YOU. Start to bring those things to life on a regular basis and give yourself permission to thrive.
# 6-The Habit of Setting Yourself Up For Success.
Notice your daily routines, habits, schedules and To Do’s. Do your choices and actions set you up for success and thriving?
Take some time to reflect on what will empower you to be successful in your day, in the upcoming months and in your life. Part of redesigning your life is knowing who you are and what empowers you to be your best in your day-to-day life.
Here are some journal prompts to help you get started.
- Think about what fills you up vs. what drains you.
- Think about some actions that you can take that bring you peace.
- Think about the easiest way you can accomplish what you want and how that would make you feel.
- Think about what would bring you closer to God and to the person you long to be. Then choose one of those.
# 7- The Habit of Setting Intentions and Goals That Align with Your Soul
Get clear on your purpose, heart’s desires, your Why, what matters most and how you want to live. Create your intentions. Write them on a note card and review them daily. Use them as a guide to make decisions for your life.
Next set goals that align with your soul intentions. Break them down into simple, doable steps to make them easy to achieve. It’s important to feel like you’re growing, learning and evolving for the better. We are happier when we can accomplish the things we want.
# 8: The Habit of Doing More Of What You Love.
Do More of What You Love. We all have so many “To-Do’s” in our lives. It’s important to have just as many “Love-To-Do’s” for our overall well-being. Write a list of the things that make you come alive and bring you joy. Getting lost in the joy of what you love fuels your soul and just makes you feel good.
Choose to do one thing on your list each week. Or create simple joy moments in your day to make you smile and feel good, even if it’s only for a few minutes. No matter how chaotic or challenging life can become, little joy moments can remind you of what you love.
# 9: The Habit of Spending Time in Good Company
Surround yourself with dreamers, doers, believers, thinkers and those who bring out the best in you. Connecting with others who love and accept you with all your imperfections makes you feel loved and cared for. Choose to be in community for support and to give support.
# 10: The Habit of Self-Forgiveness.
You will make mistakes, let yourself down and be less than your best at times. We all do because we’re human. In those moments, close your eyes and imagine you’re talking to someone you love. Think about how you’d comfort them, encourage them to get back on the right track and forgive them. Then do the same for yourself. This will help you love yourself as you love others.
# 11: The Habit Of Celebrating Your Victories
Acknowledge your accomplishments, big or small. This an important step towards seeing yourself in a more loving and positive way. Congratulate yourself daily for all that you do and celebrate how far you’ve already come. Think “Progress over Perfection.” When you can appreciate the little steps you take towards reaching your goals, you’ll feel more grateful and appreciative of who you are. It will also encourage you to keep going through the tough times.
# 12-The Habit of Gratitude
Writing a gratitude list is a simple, but powerful way to shift your focus. It reminds you of what’s good, positive, and working in your life. It helps you appreciate who you are, what you’ve accomplished, what you have and what matters most.
The more you focus on what is truly positive in your life, the more you will notice. This increases your level of happiness.
Try writing 5 things that you’re grateful for every day or every week and see what happens.
The Power Of Habits As You Redesign Your Life
Remember….The habits above are key to helping you thrive and redesign your lives. Each one can have a powerful impact on your journey and what you want to create next for yourself.
Review the list above and pray about each habit. Journal about any ideas or insights that may arise. Think about which ONE habit you feel called to cultivate in your life right now and begin to incorporate it into your day or week.
Remember it takes repeated focus and effort of doing something new for it to become a habit. The longer you repeat the habit, the easier it will become.
Commit to implementing your new habit for 30 days and then assess the results that come from it.
If you’re feeling up to it, I’d love to hear from YOU.
Which of the ideas above resonates with you most? Do you have another favorite habit that you’ve used to help you redesign your life?
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Set your intentions in the morning and notice how much better your day flows.
- Choose your primary focus.
- Set purposeful priorities.
- Use your time wisely.
- Honor your soul.