How do you live a life that is so attractive, other people want to find out how you did it? Most likely it is because you have developed habits that created the life you want? We will be discussing habits and how to create a better life on this blog but first, here’s a quick update.
About a year ago I started a business selling things on Ebay and Amazon. The business has taken a lot of my time and now it’s turned into a good part-time income. I haven’t grown it into a six figure business like I’ve wanted and it won’t support me full time, yet. I still have my janitorial business as my main gig however the Amazon income has allowed me to work a little less on weekends.
After the first six months of the Amazon business I was hoping to be able to quit my janitorial business altogether. I’ve been running it for seven years and I’m getting a little tired of working every weekend. But I haven’t been able to get over that hump and I was disappointed. Working all week and every weekend slowly started to wear me down. Along with the extra weight I was carrying around which decreased my self-confidence, I eventually fell into some depression. About a month ago I realized the summer weather wasn’t pulling me out of the depression like I thought it usually does and I discovered that I have not been happy with my life in the last couple years. So I decided to make some changes.
Last August I quit smoking. Until that point I tried many methods of quitting like taking the patch, or just going cold turkey. Those never lasted because I would get into a stressful situation and I’d start smoking again as a way to deal with the stress. So I switched to vaping. It’s basically an E-cigarette that gives me a small amount of nicotine without having all the harmful effects that are in cigarettes. I started out at 18 mg nicotine and now I’m down to 1.5 mg of nicotine. Eventually I will quit vaping altogether. The downside is that I gained 20 pounds.
To deal with my increasing weight I started the Atkins or Keto diet. Basically, I cut out sugars and most carbs and I try to get 70% of my calories from fat. I eat eggs, bacon, cream cheese, nuts, salads with olive oil and vinegar, avacados…that kind of stuff. In the first month I’ve lost 17 pounds and my blood pressure has dropped closer to normal. I’ve tried to walk about an hour a day, which I enjoy, but the last 10 days I haven’t due to a foot injury. My weight still dropped! It took 3-7 days to get used to it but now it is simple and relatively easy.
I’ve stream lined my janitorial and Amazon business to be at peak efficiency. I’ve also hired a coach, Kimanzi Constable, to help me out and I have decided to get back into writing, speaking and coaching on the subject of habits.
Habits are of particular interest to me because I am always seeking ways to create a better life for myself. I’ve made some pretty good changes in the past that have significantly increased the joy in my life, you can read about them here. I’ve decided that I am going to change all the things I’ve been complaining about to my friends the last three years. I’ve quit smoking. I’ve changed my eating and started a minimal exercise program. I’ve started cleaning and organizing my apartment. Also, I’m creating a morning routine that will help me get more out of my days, which will help me get more out of life.
The way to create a better life is to create better habits. Better habits start with thoughts and the first thought is believing I can change. To seal that belief into the neuro pathways of my brain I need to visualize the better life I want to create and then act on it over a long period of time. The bad habits will always be there, like a path in the wood that hasn’t been used. The goal is to use use and strengthen the pathways in the brain that lead to good habits and a healthy life. This is the new focus of this blog.
Do you have a morning routine? How have habits affected your life, for better or worse?