“A routine is exceptionally powerful”

Darren Hardy, author of “The Compound Effect,” writes, “A daily routine built on good habits and disciplines separates the most successful among us from everyone else.” Everyone has an innate desire to be better. We all want to be our best. It doesn’t come easy, for most of us, though. Before reflecting on what routines you want in your life, first figure out what your goals are. What do you want? Is it a better relationship with your partner? Do you want to lose weight or run a marathon? Do you want to start a business, or get good grades? How about become the master of your emotions and start meditating?

Once you know what you want to focus on, you have to figure out what behaviors will help. If you don’t know off the top of your head, do some research. Talk to someone you look up to or check out some youtube videos or some library books (or audio books). Now that you know what behavior you want to implement, you have to make it part of your routine. It’s hard to start running every day when you don’t have a plan. It’s difficult to suddenly change your diet if you don’t know what good meals would be or how to make them. It’s awkward to try and talk about how you can improve your relationship if you don’t set a time to do it.

Let’s just say you set aside 20 minutes every morning to plan. Depending on what your goal is, you spend 20 minutes every morning doing the behavior you’ve chosen (meditating, working on your business, researching how to have a good relationship, exercising, etc.). Keep in mind that you’ll have this routine for a while, so make sure this routine is sustainable. Once you’ve got the time of day down, begin. It may be uncomfortable for the first week or so. You may want to give up. Don’t. Research shows that it takes a little over a month to make something a habit. Promise yourself that you’ll stick to this routine for at least 3 months. I promise you, you won’t regret it. Your hard work and routines will pay off.

What routine do you want to implement into your day? Comment below!


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