12 Habits for Life
Stop. Look at this! There’s a guy out here right now, and he’s jogging in the pouring rain.
You got this dude!
I think the most frustrating thing about building habits and about self development in general.
Is this idea that inspiration doesn’t always correlate to change
So it doesn’t matter how motivated or inspired that you are
It doesn’t mean that you’re actually going to do something about it.
It doesn’t mean that you’re actually, actually gonna change your life
So I wanted to talk about why you should start thinking long-term and stop trying to change everything about your life in a day
I enter most things in life with just a pinch of skepticism. That’s especially true of self-help
I remember the first time I listened to my bootleg copy of Tony Robbins Awake the Giant Within
Recording: I really respect you as the kind of person who really wants to change the quality of your life, and you’re committed to do something about it
Matt: So stupid
I was hooked on self-help.
It’s not all good
most of it is corny, but I almost always finished the books feeling inspired and ready to change everything about my life
The problem is I tried to take on too much at once
I try to build six habits at the exact same time and that approach would always fail
Then I started to view habit change as a series of experiments
I’d commit to going to the gym for 30 days straight or I’d read a book every week for a year
Some were more extreme than others. They didn’t always stick but my success ratio
skyrocketed and they always pushed me to learn something new about myself
So this year in an effort to try to learn more but also to make myself feel very uncomfortable
I’m gonna be doing 12 30-day experiments.
Some of those experiments will include quitting caffeine. As a daily coffee drinker for the last five years
I’ve been dreading this one
but I know that it’ll be healthy to take a little bit of a break.
Cold showers for 30 days
I’ve taken many cold showers in the past
but I’ve never committed to doing it for this long and it makes me very nervous
and I’ve already started this month by quitting sugar
So I’ll be announcing these challenges on Twitter and Instagram
Probably the day before the 30-day challenge, so at the end of every month
and I want to encourage you guys to do this with me
Now you don’t have to do every single one
I understand that our lives are very busy and to take on some of these
would be asking a lot but if there’s ones that appeal to you if there’s ones that
Excite you or if there’s ones that you find
Scare the shit out of you – like the cold showers – then I encourage you to do them along with me
because I think together we can learn a lot.
All right, so I completely understand that you might not want to develop the same exact habits
that I’m building. You look at the cold showers and you’re scared. You’re a little bitch!
That’s rude. I can’t say that I shouldn’t call you a bitch
You’re being a bitch, but no okay if you actually don’t want to do it, that’s totally fine
That’s why I’ve actually come up with a list of 12 habits that you might want to build instead
So these are the twelve habits that I’ve built that have had the greatest impact on my life and that I think might help you
Exercise every day set a minimum amount of time to work out every day that you can actually follow through with.
Everyone can set aside ten to fifteen minutes to go for a jog do a few push-ups or sit-ups.
Eat more veggies
Most days I make smoothies to get more veggies into my diet
Even adding more veggies to one meal a day can make a big difference
Read every day. Listen to an audiobook or do some light reading before bed
You don’t have to read a book every week
But the dense content you get from books is unlike any other medium
Drink more water.
The common recommendation is to drink 64 ounces or 2 liters of water per day.
Stop buying new stuff
You can learn a lot by stopping purchases for even 30 days
You’ll break that habit loop of buying just for the dopamine hit or as a distraction mechanism. You’ll also likely save a lot of money
I’ll be honest, I don’t meditate much, but it’s been a habit that I valued in the past
Sam Harris has a meditation app called waking up which I’d recommend checking out
Build a morning or nighttime routine
This is a little bit more advanced but something that might be called a keystone habit
You’re developing one habit that’s connected to many others
What are three things that you can do every morning or night that will increase the quality of your life?
Work on a passion project
Take 30 minutes to write for your blog, start learning photography, or even learn an instrument
Sometimes we get so focused on achievement that we’re not really focused on things that we actually enjoy or love
Spend the month downsizing and cleaning out your junk drawers
The minimalist created a really effective game called the minimalism game
In it you get rid of one thing on the first day
Two things on the second day three things on the third day all the way to date thirty
You end up getting rid of a lot of shit
A daily journal can help you catch negative patterns or get a clearer vision on your goals
I’ve carried one on and off for years and the act of getting my thoughts down has helped me a lot.
Wake up early
I wasn’t always an early riser
I used to spend late nights working to get projects finished last minute
But waking up early has helped me avoid procrastination and spend time with family and friends after 5:00 p.m.
Quit social media
I made a video last year about my 30-day social media detox
That change continues to save me time every day and avoids me from falling into the
comparison trap that I often find on Instagram and apps like it
So you can scale up the difficulty on these habits
you can scale them down if you want to do 5 minutes or 60 minutes for your exercise every day
Have at it and come up with one that fits best with your life
I usually recommend to start small keep it nice and easy five minutes is is great because
most of the time we don’t do 5 minutes
We say hey I’m gonna sit down and work for 5 minutes set a timer, you’re usually gonna work for way longer
So don’t be overly ambitious that you completely destroy the entire process
But this is something that I’m really excited about
I’m really excited to explore and create these videos and share with you the lessons that I’ve learned
so obviously stay subscribed to this channel
To see those videos as they come out and of course
I want to see you guys in the comments and I want to see the things that you are learning from some of these experiments
and challenges yourself. Even if it’s something that you’ve done in the past
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