Habits for Everlasting Wealth


Good habits are basic foundations for happiness, fulfillment and wealth.  Success requires energy and action and good habits that keep us active as the underlying engine of success.

diary

My schedule.  I use this old school type calendar to create good health health habits.  Each day when I  do my entire routine of strength exercise, yoga, cardio and meditation, I make a note and circle it.  I shoot for doing this six days in a row and usually end up doing it five times (something always seems to come up to complicate my schedule one day or another!) Earning that little number with the circle in the schedule is an important activity for me.  Over the years I have trained my brain to get a jolt of pleasure from this simple act of writing success down.

The Wall Street Journal article “Five Secrets for Steadier Workouts” (1) shows some excellent tips for achieving greater success and says:

Many of us vow to get to the gym—then life intervenes. But 21% of U.S. adults do manage to get enough exercise, and these people have some common traits and habits.

The five ideas that the article outlines are worth sharing.

#1: Most of those people picked a regular time to work out and stuck with it.

“When things become predictable you don’t need to invest in much thought,” says the study’s lead author, Navin Kaushal, a postdoctoral fellow in preventive medicine at the Montreal Heart Institute, University of Montreal.

#2: They have a streamlined pre-exercise routine with visual cues.

#3: Most of those people picked a regular time to work out and stuck with it.

#4: They’re more flexible than infrequent exercisers about how long or vigorously they exercise.

Many people think exercise has to last at least 30 minutes and make you sweaty and exhausted. Dr. Segar’s ongoing research suggests that frequent exercisers increasingly view things like walking, meetings and family bike rides as things that “count” as exercise.

#5:  They’re more likely to exercise for pleasure than for weight loss or other long-term health goals.

I agree with these five points.  When I take a long walk or paddle a canoe or ride my bike, it’s first and foremost because I like it.  I multi task at times and make the fun useful.  My long walk might be through our forest to the mailbox, or up to inspect one of our cabins or whatever.  But most of all I try to make the exercise FUN.

Gary-scott-bike

In the winter, when I ride on my rusty old bike I feel like a kid rolling down the hills.

merrily-farms

Hiking summer trails on the farm always fill my heart with joy.

These steps can help create habits of wealth and success as well as improved health.

  • Create a routine with a regular time for each task.  Decisions require energy.  Deciding is work.  When you do not have to decide what to do, the stickiness of good habits improve.
  • Create pathways that get you started.  For example, each night I set up my French press near my laptop.  In the morning the first thing I see is that coffee press and my computer.  Coffee is addictive and so is reading the news.  Before the sun rises, I let these bad habits do some good by getting me to work right away.
  • Be flexible.  If life happens and disrupts your routine, go with the flow.  Making a schedule that is too strict, can lead to feelings of failure and start a downward mental and emotional cycle.
  • Seek sustainable fun.  The purpose of a routine is to increase success, wealth, health, fulfillment and joie de vivre.  We are more likely to stick to our routine when we look forward to it with anticipation rather than dread.

Fun is one of the key elements of natural health and learning.

Numerous studies show that a sense of forward motion, regardless of how small, is the harbinger of happiness.  Minor victories are nearly as psychologically powerful as major breakthroughs.  A lot of tiny wins is often better than one big one.

Once a small win has been accomplished, forces are set in motion that favor another small win.

Those suffering a lack of momentum feel discouraged by feeling of a lack of control.  Small wins are controllable opportunities that produce visible results and return a sense of control.

Small wins build enthusiasm, experience, confidence and skill one step at a time.  They are stepping stones to feeling better and they work.   A strategy of small wins builds a pattern that attracts allies and deters opponents.

Life is a never-ending series of steps.  If we have good habits that take care of our health, spend less than we earn and look after our savings, we can live a fulfilled life driven by our purpose and desire, not by the agendas of others who gain from our loss.

Gary

(1) wsj.com:  Five secrets for steadier workouts


Related Artices

If you enjoyed this article "Habits for Everlasting Wealth" you may find these related articles of interest too: