I’ve read a lot of self-help books on building my business, creating better habits, eating healthy, etc., and I am kind of sick of it now. It all has the same message. With each one I read, do I see a change. Not really. In my opinion, reading about how I can improve myself is a lot easier than actually doing it. But as I’m sick of reading and listening to the same old strategies and similar justifications, I actually am ready to commit myself to become better.
Habits of Successful People
After I read Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before, my thoughts about myself and creating positive habits changed. I use to view habits as to-do lists and was very unsuccessful at accomplishing them. Now, habits are more personal; I view it as investing in myself. I’ve explored this concept in the #SmarterSaturday newsletter – here and here. I use this chart (inspired by this) more as a source of questioning and reflecting on my everyday:
- Am I reading every day? Am I reading high-quality, meaningful content?
- Do I compliment others?
- How do I embrace change?
- Am I forgiving? How am I communicating forgiveness?
- Do I discuss ideas or people?
- Is continuous learning built into my daily and weekly routine?
- Do I accept responsibility for my actions even in the face of failure?
- How do I express gratitude to others?
- Are my goals meaningful? Am I confusing goals with to-do lists?
For the past two weeks, I’ve used these questions to help me journal about my business and brand. I’ve found that they help me stay on target and reflect meaningfully. Just a little food for thought!