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“Energizing” Habit #1

energizing habit 1I read somewhere that “habits are like children, fighting with them is pointless. What they need first and foremost are love and acceptance.”

I don’t know about you, but when I think about daily habits, I think about flossing my teeth, running, or maybe even dusting. (Oh, how I hate dusting- and running and flossing for that matter.) I am talking about the kind of habits that feed you. Give you energy and make you feel fantastic!

Maybe my things don’t match your things, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do them together! Maybe running makes you feel fabulous! It could be eating fruit in the morning or a green drink daily, or it could be something soul-nourishing. What about a walk in the woods with your dog (my woods are a couple of houses away- Max, our dog, loves it), or prayer and meditation to connect to your inner you or your Higher Power, whatever that means to you. How about journaling? Nothing more soul connecting than finding out what you really think – with pen to paper.

I have written, started, and “tried” doing THE list many times in my life to no avail. There was no “stick-to-it-ness” about it. (Yes, I know it’s not a real word.) It was always business or health oriented. “Make 50 phone calls by 9 every morning” or “walk (quickly) on the treadmill” (no running – bad lungs) so that I could lose weight or eat a brownie. The latter was often most likely.

But I want to do some things that make me feel amazing. Now I know that some of you may be skeptical like I was, about another list – so I am going to do this one step at a time. You might want to do this, too. Today, pick just one thing you would LOVE to do but never make the time for. You may already be doing some things that are working for you, but there may be room for a few more. Write them down, see how many you are doing and add just one…not the full list unless you must, but I really suggest that you pick just one and start doing it today, or tomorrow if it’s too late. Now do it every day for just this one week and check in next week to see if I have been successful with mine and you can tell me about how you did. Celebrate your success and think about doing it for another week.

There are some things that I have done in the past that were both good for me and made me feel great, like making sure I ate at least 3 fruits and 3 veggies daily. Now that is good for me and makes me feel great! As I have been quite successful with that one, I will choose something else that is very important to me – meditation. I enjoy it but haven’t consistently made time for it. Do I sound convincing? It really does make me feel connected! Connected to something bigger than me and helps me get focused on what’s important to do today.

Please don’t hesitate to write a comment about what “energizing” habit you will be adding this week.

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