Guest Blog by John Bullock-5 habits to seriously improve your lifeMay 8, 2020
Thanks to John Bullock ( aka Pain Point Coach) for Today’s guest blog, with some great tips to help you through lockdown.
Your habits very often are what determines your journey to success, along with of course, your mindset, your actions, and your attitude.
Someone famously once said: “We are what we repeatedly do”.
I also like “Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.”
These 5 habits could seriously improve your life — and they are all about increasing self awareness, being more productive plus harnessing more energy and focus.
Putting your Phone on Airplane Mode Before Going to Sleep.
You then wake up to Zero notifications. Zero calls. Zero messages. Nothing to attend to. How many of you check your phone first thing after waking up? This increases your stress levels, primes your brain for instant distraction and puts you on a heightened sense of anticipation— you give away your power to your reactions to other people’s requests. Your brain becomes overwhelmed with information. At least stay away from your phone for the first 30 minutes of the day.
Meditating Every Morning
It only need be 15 minutes and notice the difference after just 2–3 days without a session. On the days that you do meditate, you will feel like you’ve set the tone for the day. It helps you find calm and clarity while also allowing you to lengthen your attention span on tasks that come after in the day. Beginning your day mentally focused and emotionally calm is priceless.
Stretch Every Morning
I learned this from my boxing career as a young man. Whatever types of stretches you do doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you’ve given your body a chance to wake up and breathe.
One Line Per Day “Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life.” — Oprah As with anything in life, you become a grateful person with practice. I ask myself daily: “What am I grateful for today?” And I put it in a journal. Some people do this before they go to bed. And this habit helps them go to bed in a much more positive state. The beauty of this exercise is looking back over the year and finding 365 things you were grateful for. That’s called abundant living!
Writing gives you a purpose. I believe that fulfillment in life comes from following our calling. Use your words to share your experiences, encourage others to pursue their calling and help people lead more fulfilling lives. Writing has also given me more clarity. I write my goals down every month, and I reflect on their progress every week.
Writing perhaps via a journal, helps us become more aware of our thoughts and in turn, more aware of our emotions and more clear of where we want to take our life. Writing helps me cement what I read and learn. A lot of the articles I publish are inspired by the books that I read. In writing out concepts and ideas, I internalize them better. I’ve become a more productive, self-aware and disciplined person because of the habit of writing daily. So my advice is this: Write every single day. Write to yourself. Open a journal and reflect.
And if you don’t know how to start, try writing down one line per day. Then two, three, and four…
See more about John at https://painpointcoach.co.uk/