You Become What You Practice At Home. I recently heard this statement and it just resonated with me! I immediately went into action and started practicing a few things at home that has made my personal and professional life measurably better. The statement, You Become What You Practice was already part of my core values in every area of my life and I coach my client’s on this regularly, but the addition of At Home made this more meaningful to me because its easy to get “lazy” at home.
You see there are so many things we do out of habit, ritual and routine. And that’s a good thing! Can you imagine if you had to consciously think about every task you had to do including brushing your teeth, driving your car, etc. Let’s take driving your car for an example to demonstrate this clearly. Can you go back in time and think of the first day you took your drivers class or sat behind the wheel of a car as a student driver. If you were like me, you were excited, but you were nervous as heck! The insecurity that you were going to do something wrong heightened your sense of awareness so that you thought about every movement. You had every right to feel this way! You didn’t want to hurt anyone, including yourself! It’s dangerous out there on the road, if you’re not paying attention. But you got through it and hopefully with ease. You passed your drivers exam and you were considered an adult, or at least that’s what you thought.
Now lets’ fast forward from the day you took your drivers test a few months, years or even decades. Do you remember how you drove today to work or to the grocery store. Of course not! You were probably busy talking on the phone telling someone how amazing your weekend was or how you can’t wait til Friday and it’s only Monday. The point is you didn’t give it a second thought on what you had to do to go from point A to B. It would be a burden if you had to focus like you did during your drivers test and you’d probably never want to drive. So point being is that driving, as well as many other habits in your life become automatic and require very little, if any thought or action to achieve a level of success that is satisfactory.
But we are not reading this blog or living our lives to just be satisfactory. Are you?! I hope not! Because I know I am not! And if you are content with being satisfactory, then I am going to challenge you to tweak your life in 2 specific areas that will living a life that is extraordinary.
Many lifestyle habits in your life are or were good for you. They helped get you to where you are today and I’m sure that’s a good place. However, many of those habits if tweaked just a little, I like to say 2mm because it’s barely noticeable and totally doable, and over time you will advance your life to levels that will measure to nothing less than EXTRAORDINARY. Doesn’t that sounds exciting?! YOU BET IT DOES!!
So how do you get there? Great question! I thought you’d never ask.
Here are 3 tips that will elevate your standards of life by practicing at home:
Tip #1: Practice kindness at home. Practicing kindness sounds so simple. You’re right, it is. But too many of us don’t do it regularly. Kindness carries over into every area of your life including your health and fitness because when you are kind to others you get the opportunity to create a positive environment not just externally, but internally. It feels great to be kind to someone, especially those in your home like your mother, father, husband, wife, children, grandparent, aunt, uncle, friend, cousin, pet, etc. Because chances any one of those people will be kind back to you and that feels good. Practicing kindness also helps you to be kind to yourself, numero uno!
Tip #2: Practice gratitude at home. We take for granted the space in which we live in like our home, our neighborhood, city, state or country. They say, “Home is where the heart is.” Home is the place where you can create love, peace, acceptance, recovery, rejuvenation, healing, warmth and comfort to name a few. Be appreciative of what you have now and you’ll find yourself feeling more healthy and fit emotionally.
Tip #3: Take Tip #1 and #2 and practice it in the real world. Practicing kindness and gratitude in public is what will make the world a better place. Giving someone a smile, thanking someone who offers a little help, giving spare change or even a $20 to the homeless person at the stop light, letting a coworker know you’re grateful to be working with them and/or simply being grateful that you are alive is going to set you up for a better quality of life. Trust me! This stuff works, if you work it!!!
If you think you’re already there and you’ve got kindness and gratitude mastered, I challenge you to think again. Look at yourself in the mirror and get honest with yourself. Please! There’s always 2mm more to tweak in any area of your life to be better. Again I am sure what you are doing is good or even great, but just think about how you could do just a little more.
Forty-five years ago in 1969, we sent a man to the Moon in what would be the pinnacle of space exploration. Now today we are only years away from walking on Mars. Think about it! Mars….Yup I think Mars is a little more than just a few mm away. Go for it and have fun!
Yours in health and fitness,
Steve Jordan, Trainer To The Stars
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