Healthy Habits

It’s easy to be hard & hard to be easy

Easy choices make life hard and hard choices make life easy.

Choosing the easy

We can absolutely choose to lay in bed all day.

We can choose to do the bare minimum and just get by.

We can chose to do the easy stuff.

These are all legit choices and they are made everyday by people just like you and I.

Ever meet someone who refuses to eat healthy? No matter what, they always go for the junk food. “But junk food is EASY. I can just grab and go and get filled up from it.”

The downside to this easy choice are the side effects to eating junk food everyday for a long period of time. And these side effects make life hard.

This easy choice could and most likely will affect your health, self-confidence, relationships, communication, and even commitment negatively.

By choosing the easy day after day: eating unhealthy junk food, life becomes harder in every aspect.

Choosing the hard

We can also choose to get out of bed when the alarm goes off.

We can choose to do our best and make our dreams a reality.

We can choose to do the hard stuff.

These are also legit choices and they are made everyday by people like you and I.

Ever see a real happy person, like they’re happy all the time? And maybe ya think: “Man it must be so nice to be that happy. They don’t even have to try, they’re always just THAT happy.”

Effortless happiness is a myth. It takes HARD work to be happy. It takes constant awareness: reframing negative thoughts, finding gratitude, replenishing energy, sharing good vibes with others.

The upside to this hard choice are the side effects to being happy everyday for a long period of time. And these side effects make life easy.

This hard choice could and most likely will affect your health, self-confidence, relationships, communication, and even commitment positively.

By choosing the hard day after day: to really work on being happy, life becomes easier in every aspect.

Wrapping Up

There’s an easy choice and a hard choice for every situation.

The easy choice now leads to a harder tomorrow.

The hard choice now leads to an easier tomorrow.

Let’s start to ask ourselves in as many moments as we can remember: “What’s the hard choice here that will get me to my goals? Make me happier, healthier, more fulfilled?”

It’s easy to be heavy and hard to be light.

G.K. Chesterton
General

What I Love Checklist

Undesired states of mind like worry, fear, anxiety, anger, depression…

Come from being too consumed in the past or future.

You may be thinking of all that you have to do tomorrow.

Future thinking = worry / fear / anxiety

Or you may be consumed with guilt or regret about a past situation.

Past thinking = anger / depression

Do not judge when your mind starts to wonder…

Or when you start feeling these negative emotions.

Simply become aware that you are feeling the way you are…

Make a mental note to reflect on it later…

And work through your WHAT I LOVE CHECKLIST to get your joy back 🙂

What’s a What I Love Checklist?

It’s a list of things that make you happy!

Here are some things on my list:

  • Shower / at-home spa time
  • High vibe music
  • Meditate, pray, crystal work
  • 5 deep belly breaths
  • Yoga, mobility, strength training
  • Snack time / cook up a meal
  • Journal, read, online courses
  • Write blogs, create / share content
  • Send love on social media
  • Talking with family and friends
  • Clean / maintain home
  • Plan, do, review goals
  • Dates with Joey
  • Exercise Champ

Take 5 mins now to create your own What I Love Checklist and the next time you feel negative emotions coming on, you’ll be well equipped.

Utilize your list to get out of any funk. The more you practice this, the faster you’ll bounce back.

Goals

Taking a walk

Hearing wind chimes, birds, lawn mowers.

Smelling fresh air, the flowers and greenery.

Seeing houses, cars, people, stores, streets, animals, plants.

Feeling my phone in my hand, champ’s leash on my arm, and socks on my feet. Also feeling grateful, a little hungry, sweaty, and inspired.

Tasting peppermint.

Thinking about the moment. Grounding myself in the now.

Goals

Progress over perfection

Ben Franklin implemented a values chart.

On the chart, he listed the habits he’d strive to do on the daily.

If he didn’t do a habit that day, he would make a small red x.

He started to see the habits that were easier than others to implement and adjusted accordingly.

The values chart is something to live up to however when we fail to do something, we have the opportunity to learn and grow.

And that’s the purpose of the values chart.

To lay out what we’d like to do, realize what we actually do / don’t do, and build a plan to bridge the gap.

The values chart isn’t about getting each day perfect, although that is the ultimate goal.

Goals

Embrace the day

Where do you find yourself now?

Maybe in a park, at home, at work.

How are you feeling?

Content? Present?

Uneasy? Anxious?

Is there anything you can do to make the very best of this moment?

Like taking a deep breath, showing gratitude, feeling joy, being creative, smiling.

Goals

You are everything you need

No matter what you’re going through…

You have the power to redirect your thinking.

You can think about what you’re grateful for.

You can think about peace and love.

You can think about ideas and concepts.

You can think about your own point of view.

When times get tough, let’s look inward and change the narrative.

Goals

When a person is right, their world will be right

In the happiness project, Gretchen Rubin talks about how focusing on her happiness made those around her happier.

I totally agree with that…

I have a better attitude in the morning, Joe has a better attitude in the morning.

I smile at a stranger, the stranger smiles back.

If I’m not thinking right / unhappy, my attitude will be shit and I definitely won’t be smiling.

A quote Stuart Danker lives by: When a person is right, their world will be right.

Your outer world reflects your inner world my friends. Stay blessed.