Hey, it’s natural to get comfortable with regular stuff in our life.
But after we take things for granted, we can end up neglecting them and then they start to deteriorate. For example: our health, relationships, business,finances, etc.
There are little nudges that let us know when we’re taking something for granted.
Often times we ignore those nudges and they keep getting nudgy-er until it becomes unbearable or things fall apart. Does this sound familiar?
How can you keep from taking things for granted?
Mindfulness is the first step.
Then appreciate what you have and create a practice of gratitude (count your blessings, often). You’ll notice what you do have when you’re grateful, and that will help you know what to take care of when you’re more aware of everything.
Cultivating a weekly practice of taking care of what needs it, is good, but really daily is easier. Here’s why: when you work on something daily it becomes a habit and then you start to get momentum.
Momentum is a beautiful thing.It makes everything easier because you’re moving and in a habit of positive action which starts to go (almost) on it’s own after a while. `
When you stop or space it out, it’s harder because you have to get rolling again.
For instance: if you start a daily exercise routine. Small is the best because then it’s easy to do. Say you’re going to do 15 minutes a day or 30 minutes a day of something easy or basic just to get moving, that will create momentum. A habit. A ritual.
If you stop for 2 or 3 days then it’s probably going to be harder to get going again because you’re no longer in a daily rhythm with it. That’s why it’s easier to actually do things daily.
So – what’s one thing in you life that you know needs attention right now, that it’s not getting? Is it your business, your relationships, your health (including your mental health), your home?
Pick one small thing or amount of time that you can do or dedicate daily to take better care of that area of your life. You may need to have a brainstorm about it. Write it out on paper and decide to do it.
Commit to doing it for 30 days.
Make sure it’s bite size enough to do for that long.
Then set yourself up for success.
What do you need to have in place to make sure you can succeed?
What tools do you need?
How much time to do you need to carve out and when is the best time to do it?
What things might come up to get in your way?
Do you need anyone’s help with this? Do you need someone to keep you accountable?
Planning ahead for those pitfalls can help you do smart work arounds.
Then just freakin’ go for it!
Watch how it affects other areas of your life in a positive way as well.
I’d love to hear what area of your life you want work on!