Grand gestures don’t lead to progress but consistent habits do: 5 habits that will improve your life

Oct 4, 2023 | Wellness


Progressing in life is not about trying to take giant leaps. It’s about taking manageable steps that over time will make a big impact. It’s about being consistent. It’s about adopting the tortoise’s approach rather than trying to be the hare.

One of the reasons why people procrastinate or stay stuck is because the thought of the next step is too overwhelming. It’s too big and I don’t mean just the size of it. There may be too much uncertainty or unknowns.

However, when that step is small and achievable it’s easier to take.

In this fast-paced world, we often forget that real progress doesn’t come from grandiose acts. It’s the small and consistent habits that can truly transform our lives for the better.

So if you’re ready to improve your life then here are 5 habits that will help you.

These habits are not about dramatic and overnight changes but they’re about sustainable and positive shifts that can have a profound impact on your well-being and the way you live your life.

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Habit 1: Prioritising Quality Sleep

Quality sleep isn’t just about resting your body but it’s essential to your overall health. Good sleep gives your body the chance to restore and heal. To help with mood regulation and memory consolidation.

Imagine one of your busy mornings. Your alarm clock goes off and it feels like you just closed your eyes. You reluctantly drag yourself out of bed. Longing for just five more minutes of sleep. Sound familiar?

We’ve all been there.

Quality sleep is not a luxury but a necessity. It’s the foundation upon which a successful day is built. Just compare how your days have gone when you’ve had a good night’s sleep versus a poor night’s sleep.

It’s easy to come up with excuses as to why you can’t have a good night’s sleep. Mine would involve my children. However, we all have a choice. It’s time to make the choices that will set you up in the right way for the day ahead.

Habit 2: Managing Your Thinking

Thoughts are popping into our heads constantly, whether we realise it or not. Some of which serve us and others do not. I invite you to become more aware of the thoughts that you’re having so that they start to serve you.

Let me put it another way, think of your mind as a garden. You can choose to nurture beautiful and positive thoughts or you can let the weeds of negativity take over.

It’s as simple as choosing to view a minor setback as feedback and an experience to learn from rather than an opportunity to dwell.

When you find yourself thinking “I can’t” challenge that notion. Replace it with I can learn or I can improve.

Your thoughts shape your reality. By managing your thinking, you’re cultivating a mindset that fosters personal growth and resilience. It’s like tending to your garden with care and attention so that it will flourish and so will you.

Habit 3: Setting Meaningful Goals

Picture this, you’re on a road trip without a map or GPS. You’re driving but you have no destination in mind. How lost and frustrating would that feel?

Well, life without goals can be a bit like that.

Setting meaningful goals is like giving your life a purposeful direction. It’s about envisioning what you want to achieve and plotting the course to get there.

Habit 4: Embracing Single-Tasking

I am a recovering multitasker and that is because I have learnt that multitasking doesn’t equal being productive. It actually results in being less opposite.

Imagine you’re at work, trying to answer emails, prepare a presentation and take a phone call simultaneously. Sounds like a recipe for chaos, right?

The alternative is single-tasking. It’s the art of giving your full attention to one task at a time, which allows you to do better and more focused work in less time.

It’s not about doing more but doing it better. By embracing single-tasking, you’ll find that your productivity soars and you reclaim control over your day.


Habit 5: The Power of a Daily Walk

Taking a daily walk isn’t just about getting from point A to point B. It’s a small act of self-care that will have an impact on your well-being. Think about it as a gift you give yourself every day, a chance to step away from the hustle and bustle of life.

A daily walk can be just 5 minutes but it will give you so many benefits. Walking allows you the time to connect with nature, to think without being distracted and to just let go.

It acts as a kind of reset which is sometimes all we need to help us progress.

The key to progressing in life are the positive habits that you practice daily. It’s not the grand gestures that are too big to complete. By being consistent, life will improve and you will get to where you want to go more quickly. It’s about picking the right habits that will serve you and help you get to where you want to go.


What habits are you nurturing?


You might also like to read, Embrace the Happy Vibes: 3 Surprising Reasons You’re Not Feeling Your Best

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