Okay, we’ve all probably said, or at least heard the phrase; “I’m trying to get into the habit of.. X Y Z… or I’m trying to get out of the habit of X Y Z”. Obviously, if you have a bad habit that’s detrimental to your health like smoking, it’s to your benefit to work on breaking that habit. But maybe you have a habit of interrupting people during conversations. You can work on breaking that habit by being aware of it, listening more and finding breaks in the conversation to speak.
Don’t stress if it doesn’t work for you
Whatever it is, just make sure that any new habit you implement into your life, you’re doing it for you. Don’t stress about trying to make a habit of waking up at 4:00am because you heard someone else does it. If it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work for you. Feel free to try it if it’s something you’re interested in. But if you discover along the way that it just ain’t for you, that’s okay. The bigger picture here is that you’re trying something new, making progress, being curious and discovering things about yourself that maybe you didn’t know.
Stop comparing myself to others
That’s a perfect Segway into a habit that I’ve been working on for a while, and that’s not comparing myself to others. It’s easy to compare right? For my case, there’s a bunch of guys in the men’s lifestyle space here on YouTube. And a lot of them have more than I have. They have more opportunities, they have more money, they have nicer homes.. you name it. It’s easy to look at that and be envious. But I’m looking at it and I’m happy for them. I know a lot of these guys personally and they all work hard and have been working hard for a very long time. They’ve earned their opportunities. And for me, it’s a great barometer that I can use to set goals for myself. Because it shows me what’s possible. And for that, I am 100% grateful.
Speaking of being grateful, the next habit I’m working on is gratitude. Being thankful for having another day on this big, beautiful planet and appreciating the things I DO have in my life. Things could always be worse, right? I could be living under a bridge, but I’m not. I GET to make videos like this, and I HAVE the opportunity to help people. Also, I read all of your emails and messages telling me how much you appreciate my videos. All of that is not lost on me and I fully appreciate that I have a roof over my head and that I GET to do this.
Daily skin care habit & routine
Okay, let’s get into some more practical habits that revolve around personal care, productivity and routine. First up, I made the decision to start taking care of my skin about 3 years ago and it’s a daily habit and routine for me. I just wish I would’ve started sooner. The products I use are from Tiege Hanley and I want to thank them for jumping on board and sponsoring this video. If you’ve been around for a while, you’ve heard me talk about them before because it’s what I use myself. I’ve been spending my own money on this stuff for the last three years. Even if they weren’t sponsoring this video, I’d still talk about ‘em.
You get the items you need, they tell you what to use, how much to use and when to use it. There’s no thinking or analyzing. It’s simple and it works. They use a mixture of natural high-quality and effective vegetable-derived ingredients like eucalyptus, rosemary, alba bark, grape seed and green tea along with synthetic Raw materials. It has high amounts of antioxidants to counter wrinkles and enhance collagen replacement to firm up your skin. Everything is made together and tested together (not on animals) to ensure that one product doesn’t have a reaction to another product. This is something you can’t be sure of when you’re sourcing different skin care products on your own from the drug store.
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I make my bed every day
The next habit I do every single day, I make my bed in the morning. Now, I don’t necessarily make it perfectly perfect, but I do straighten it up and make the pillows look nice. I know it might seem insignificant, but it’s one thing I get done right at the top of my day. It’s a small sense of accomplishment that can snowball through the rest of the day. Also, for me, walking into a bedroom that looks nice and inviting is a good feeling and it’s calming to the brain.
I always handle my own laundry
The next practical habit I have is taking care of my laundry. I am not the guy that has a pile of clothes on the floor. I’m in the habit of doing all my own laundry and I like it that way. I don’t rely on anyone else to do it, and I’m in control of that schedule. Also, I never wait so long that I need to do like three loads in a single day. I’m pretty much on top of it all the time. I’m also in the habit of folding and hanging everything up as soon as it’s out of the dryer. Now, I’m not perfect here, but I don’t let things sit in the dryer for days at a time. Like I said, I’m pretty much on top of it.
Setting goals and making progress
My next habit is setting goals and working towards it. This helps set direction and focus in my life. The key here, at least for me, is to set attainable goals, and also big hairy audacious goals. You can set a goal of having $10M dollars in the bank by the time you retire, but if that’s still 25 or 30 years away, it’s too far away. So you wind up putting off the things that you need to do because it’s so far away. And you always tell yourself you still have time. What’s the goal in the next 30 days? What’s the goal in the next 60 days? What needs to happen during that time to maximize my chances of reaching those goals? You get the idea.
My next habit is being consistent every day. Now, truth be told, I currently don’t have set times for responding to email, or for writing content, but I do see myself needing that type of schedule in the very near future. But what I do currently, is I start working within about 20 or 30 minutes of rolling out of bed. I’m the most productive in the morning and I’m on a very similar work schedule every day. If I stay up late one night and sleep in and feel sluggish the next day, it completely throws off my entire day and puts pressure on the rest of my schedule.
Now, I’m not a perfect machine and if you know me personally, you know that I do like to cut loose from time to time. But, I try to pay attention to my schedule to make sure there’s nothing pressing the following day.
Always try new things
Okay next, oh and by the way, if you made it this far, pat yourself on the back and hit the like button to let me know you made it to the end. I’d appreciate it. The next habit I have is to always try new things. True story, there was a time about two years ago where I said yes to every single opportunity, big or small that presented itself. What would happen if you just said yes to things?
Quick story, I was out by myself wine tasting on a Saturday, and this group of women started chatting me up. It was nice, pleasant conversation. They were going to a different winery to meet some more friends and have lunch, and they asked if I wanted to go. YES. Turns out, they knew the owner of the winery and we all sat around and had a very nice time. The owner even comped our entire lunch bill and I met some amazing people. A few of us even went out afterwards.
That’s just one of many different stories I have and even today I still try to say yes to things . But seriously, what would happen if you said yes to more things? Yes to more opportunities? Yes to just trying something new? Get curious. Watch some documentaries or listen to some new podcasts. There’s a whole new world on the other side of your comfort zone.