The year 2016 is now officially over. And here we are in 2017. We have left 2016 behind and the new year has come all the way with new hopes, new ideas, new starting. No matter how or what you did in 2016, the important thing is that you should feel that now you are different from what you were a year back and the reason for the improvement is that you worked upon yourself to develop your qualities, whatsoever. Now, aim to make this year your best year ever.
According to several surveys, the most popular resolutions people make are related to health and fitness, reducing consumption of alcohol, quitting smoking, and becoming more financially responsible by promising to spend less and save more.
Finding something else or in a way thinking out of the box, we need to find some habits which can help us be a good human being over a long run or habits which can make us a more better person than what we are now. Let us focus on a list of top 5 habits which you can inculcate this new year 2017.
1. Start Reading Books
If you are already a book lover, then it’s fine. But we’ve some friends who more often choose ipad or a kindle to satisfy his/her reading urges. To some extents, it is ok. But if you study the lives of famous people & motivators, you can observe a common trait and that is reading a book, practically taking it out of the shelves (I mean not a digital book or ebook), even if they had access to digital media. It is not necessary to do it. But I suggest that if you have not done it yet, you can give it a shot. I can assure you that you’ll feel the difference.
“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.”
2. Be Responsive
Going by the Wikipedia, “A habit, from the standpoint of psychology, is a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience.” By being responsive, we mean that we need to develop the very habit of accepting things rather than reacting to them.
When we react to something, it is in control of us. But when we take a moment to think about it and show our response, it shows we are in control. By responding, we are interrupting our habitual patterns and are more likely to get the results we want instead of the results we’ve always gotten. We need to accept that there’s always a better way to do anything in life.
“If you’re going to enjoy a better life, you must create it, and that will require you to be conscious of your actions.”
3. Keep The Torch Alight
Next step would be the ‘to find the actual need to build a new habit‘. A human being can accept a change only if he/she thinks that the new change can help him a lot (a lot means literally “A LOT”)! When you understand that the cost of your current habit outweighs the benefit which you could reap if you get rid of those old habits, the benefits which can take you to new heights, the benefits which can make your dream true, only then you will have that zeal to acquire a new habit.
“What keeps me going is goals.” –Muhammad Ali
4. Start Early
Now this can really be a heart-breaker. But anyone who is serious about success in any measure knows that it’s important to wake up early. If you usually lie in the bed for a while after you wake up, then don’t. As you get, just leave your bed.
If you’re not a morning person, make incremental changes to start getting up earlier. For a week, set your alarm 15 minutes earlier than you’re used to waking up and keep your alarm out of your reach (so that you don’t switch it off while lying on the bed itself). As soon as the alarm sounds, get up and get productive. The next week, increase the time by 15 more minutes, and continue the pattern until you’re getting up at least an hour earlier than you’re currently used to. You’ll feel fresh throughout the day & you’ll have more time for everything than earlier.
“I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.” –Johnathan Swift
5. Jot It Down
The important thing now is to write down the details of what you’ve decided finally like your new habits or goal in the present tense, as if you’ve already got it, on a card that you can carry in your pocket or purse. This works because writing causes thinking. When you write on your card, the image is impregnated into some of your brain cells. Every time you touch the card, it activates those cells, and the image comes up.
If you can’t write it down and provide a convincing argument about why you should change, you’re just living in a dreamland. You won’t change anything about your character habits.
Lastly, it’ll be important to note that you should again revisit and reassess your list after about a period of six months or so to find how far have you reached and how much still you got to go! Good luck & Happy New Year 2017.