To become your best self, it’s likely that at some point you’ll want to develop strong personal growth habits that make it easier for you to live out your values. When you cultivate healthy habits or rituals, you get one step closer to the life that you envision for yourself.
I don’t think any of us are under the impression that it doesn’t take any effort to get far in life (even if Instagram makes us question that sometimes.) Healthy habits are one of those things that we know we need to work through to meet our amazing, big dreams.
The problem is a lot of us can take habits to the extreme and tend to get hyper-focused on a goal. It’s all or nothing. You need to have the best routine and habits in place, be 100% in, or you won’t do it.
Does that sound familiar? Perfectionism is common for a lot of us, especially twenty-somethings. Habits can feel overwhelming when you’re a perfectionist and it can become hard to keep up with.
You might have amazing habits in place for a month or two, but you find yourself burnt out after awhile, because you set extremely high expectations for yourself.
My friend Sam came up with an amazing course called Dream Habits (that I’m working through and LOVING) and she has an amazing ability to make it so that perfectionists can meet their goals and develop their dream habits through your perfectionist tendencies. Because, she IS a perfectionist who has been able to meet goals through cultivating amazing habits and sticking with them. (More on this below.)
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Here are some habit ideas to help you figure out what habits are most important to you.
- Wake up earlier
- Exercise regularly
- Drink more water
- Follow a budget
- Eat at least two healthy meals a day
- Make watching Netflix productive
- Take deep breaths before responding when stressed out
- Read 10 pages a day
- Plan your week every Sunday
- Listen to something positive every morning
- Keep only 1-3 tabs open on your computer
- Craft a mission statement and look at it nightly
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep every night
- Write a blog post every week
- Follow a morning routine plan
- Put your phone away during conversations
- Remove your makeup every night
- Learn a new language
- Take an evening walk
- Drink warm lemon water when you wake up
- Journal one line a day for every day of the year
- Automatically send 10% of your income to savings
- Practice a new skill
- Watch a new documentary monthly
- Add more greens into your diet
- Say thanks before meals
- Take old clothing to The Salvation Army after you buy new clothes
- Eliminate (bad) sugars from your diet
- See a therapist monthly
- Cook new recipes
- Visit a new place in your city
- Make an effort to do good deeds regularly
- Purchase only ethical beauty products
- Repeat positive mantras at the start of your day
- Take the scenic route
- Visit your family regularly
- Prepare for your day the night before
- Send thank you notes immediately after receiving gifts
- Take a class just for fun
- Make self-care your priority
- Create a morning (or evening) ritual of meditation
- Choose completion over perfection
- Write daily
- Set clear boundaries with people in your life
- Wake up without an alarm
- Make an effort to hang out with friends more often
- Put aside time daily for spiritual practices
- Take a lesson away from each experience
- Get together consistently with a like-minded community (Maybe a mastermind group?)
- Help those in need
- Open emails in the late morning instead of the first thing in the morning
- Tackle the most important tasks of your day in the morning
- As Marie Kondo says, ask yourself, “does this bring joy?” before purchasing
- Book your next appointments while you’re at the dentist
- Celebrate tiny victories
- Don’t multitask. Focus 100% on each task before moving to the next
- Try using a capsule wardrobe
- Listen to relaxing music before bed
- Don’t do any work after 6pm
- Make an effort to support local businesses
- Create your personal dress code
- Tidy the kitchen while you cook
- Meal prep on Sundays
- Dedicate a few hours each week for self-care
- Save 10% of your paycheck
Working through a habit without accountability is hard at first. It’s so much better to do it with a community of people to help you through. There is an amazing Facebook community of people who are working through the same stuff. She has one of the best communities online in my opinion.
If you’re hoping to achieve one of the above habits or if you’re struggling to get started, I’ve found the Dream Habit course to be an amazing resource to start with.
Through some of Sam’s suggestions, I’m working through waking up an hour earlier. She goes through some of the most common healthy habits like eating healthy, working out, saving money, developing a morning routine, and of course, the one I’m working through: waking up earlier.
She provides you with additional resources through the course and she helps you set up a foundation that will help you sustain these habits for a lifetime. I personally believe it’s an investment that keeps on giving.
So if you need extra motivation to tackle a habit that you’ve been attempting to work your way through and it’s not happening or you’d like to have a healthier outlook on developing them, check out Sam at SmartTwenties.com‘s course, Dream Habit and join her community of likeminded dreamers.
Let us know in the comments below what habits you’re working on developing!