Saturday, December 11, 2010

21 days to a new you

Research states that it takes about 21 days to develop a habit. What follows is a list of new habits you could develop into your daily life. Start by picking your favorite one and see how that encourages you on to the next one.

1. Read for at least 15 minutes daily from a positive or inspirational book.

2. Listen for at least 15 minutes daily to a positive or inspirational CD.

3. Write in a journal for at least 15 minutes daily, noting what you have done to progress toward your goal and what you need to do in the days ahead.

4. Meditate for at least 15 minutes daily. Meditation is the art of doing nothing. Close your eyes and let go. When thoughts creep in your mind, simply acknowledge them and quickly let them pass.

5. Eliminate negatives from your day. As soon as a negative thought or word creeps in, acknowledge it and let it pass. Replace it quickly with a positive thought or word.

6. Be in good company. Hang around those who are where you want to be in life. Surround yourself with positive, goal-oriented people.
Learn from your experience each day, whether you are having a good day or not. Stay in the game no matter how challenging the next 21 days turn out. Success belongs to those who do not quit.

If you experience a setback, pause and take a deep breath. Start again. If you are struggling, keep pressing on. Every experience is an opportunity to learn more about yourself – get excited and remain eager!

Excerpted from Preston Pratt Jr. and his blog, - an inspirational and practical roadmap to a happier, more peaceful and fulfilling life with greater possibilities.