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How to Transform Your Life Through the Power of Habits

How to Transform Your Life

Rituals, or routines, are the habits that become your life that lead to failure or sustained success. Likely you’re here because you’re choosing success. You’re seeking to implement routines on how to transform your life. That’s awesome!

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We’re all creatures of habit, rituals, and tradition. All creatures are, from the birds and their morning song to our pets who count on their daily walks and know the timing of meals and treats, to the great migration of the monarch butterflies. The difference is that we humans can choose the habits that helps us grow.

The next most important step, is not just to learn, but to implement what you learn through the choices you make and the efforts you take.

All transformation begins with simple steps, done daily, that compound over time.
~LeAura Alderson,

The Success of Failure

Whether it’s a conscious choice or subconscious, everything you do is either setting your life up for success, “failure” or status quo.  I use the word “failure” in quotes because the only true kind of failing is when you stop trying. Otherwise, failure is a natural part of every endeavor.

“Status quo” may not be failure, and it could even be “success”, if you’ve deemed it so. Certainly, a stable productive life that holds its own, that’s relatively balanced, healthy and bills paid, home maintained, etc., is a positive status quo that’s often lacking in today’s tumultuous times.  That kind of “status quo” is still success.

Maintaining a relative balanced life is definitely a “successful life”.

To fail is to be informed as to what doesn’t work so that you can focus on what does.
~LeAura Alderson,

Personal Qualities for Success

This is a fantastic personal qualities chart created by MaryEllen Tribby, author of Reinventing the Entrepreneur, that sums up success mentality and its opposite.

The first step to creating a lifestyle that keeps you genuinely happy is becoming aware of your rituals.

Habits Transform Lives…

…for better or for worse. Make it for the better.

I favor hands-on learning, by far, and most people absorb lessons better that way. When it comes to success habits, one of the best ways to get the ball rolling isn’t to talk about, listen to, and read about “theories.” It is to learn and do, improve and do… learn and do, improve and do. That is the spiral of progress.

All change begins, right here, right now. Positive impulses acted on now, brings you power. It’s time to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, and create an action plan.

Transform Your Habits and You Transform Your Life

The Good and the Bad is still all Good!

  • The good news: transformation is super simple.
  • The bad news: transformation is not easy. At first.
  • The better news: Good habits make you stronger.

Good habits build emotional muscle and make you stronger and more capable.
~LeAura Alderson,

Good Habits List

How to Upgrade Your Habits: Grab a sheet of paper, document, or open an Evernote file and write down your habits. The good, the bad, and then the ugly! Get it all out. But let’s start with the good.

Here’s a sample starter list to jumpstart your process:

  • Going to the gym
  • Regular exercise
  • Walk the dogs daily
  • Biking
  • Eating healthy
  • Family time
  • Journaling time
  • Dreaming / planning
  • Do one thing you’ve procrastinated
  • Clean out one drawer/cabinet/closet
  • Write one page of your book
  • Write one page of your journal
  • Do one more exercise rep when you thought you were done. Just one more
  • Making coffee
  • Taking technology breaks
  • Sleeping well
  • Starting each morning with a large glass of lemon water
  • Expressing gratitude daily
  • Substituting negatives for positives
  • Stretch breaks, instead of a treat breaks at work
  • Regular vigorous walks
  • Taking the stairs always, preferably two at a time

Putting Your Good Habits to Work for You

Chances are you now have a longer list than you might have imagined. Now, you just need to anchor that through more consistency over time. Choose the habit you want to be sure to do regularly, and schedule that appointment with yourself.

Habits are just daily consistency, so be sure you’re choosing and reinforcing the good ones.

Grow the good by doing the good. Do more of that.
~LeAura Alderson,

Good habits done daily will absolutely transform your life. Add new good habits regularly. The best way? Substitute a bad habit for a good habit. We call it “fitness aikido” or “food aikido“.

How to Transform Your Life? Act on your positive impulses; ignore the negative ones.
~LeAura Alderson,

Bad Habits List

The best way to know if a habit is good or bad for you, is if you feel good about it and about yourself afterward. Guilt is a message from conscience, the voice of your soul.

Now, list your bad habits.  Do any of these sound familiar?

  • Watching too much TV
  • Sitting down for hours without taking a break
  • Eating too many sweets / junk snacks / foods
  • Drinking too much soda
  • Too much / too little sleep
  • Negative self-talk
  • Not expressing gratitude
  • Laziness
  • Being too hard on yourself / others
  • Looking at your screen (computer /phone / tablet) for too long

Habit Aikido

Next to the bad habits, write down a positive habit you can replace it with.  The best way to break a negative habit is not just dropping it altogether, but replacing that time with something constructive that will help you.

For instance, if your typical evening routine is catching up with your favorite TV show while munching on snacks, then the next night you’re tempted, try yoga instead.

Amazon Prime has some free online yoga programs.  Or if you still want to watch your favorite TV program, then do some exercise and stretching while watching instead of just sitting, or worse, sitting and eating.

That’s “habit aikido“, where you’re just redirecting the flow of the energy from where you don’t want it to go into where you want it to go.

The best way to get rid of a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit that you also enjoy.
~LeAura Alderson,

Swap Good Habits for the Bad Ones

Food Aikido

At work, if your typical break includes donuts, ditch it and bring your own snack. Apples, yogurt with goji berries, veggies and hummus. There are lots of healthy options that are also tasty. There are sure to be wonderful, healthy foods that you also love, so choose those instead of the junk.

Exercise Decreases Cravings1)

If possible, take a brisk walk around your building to get fresh air. If it’s too cold, take the stairs, then take them again. Exercise and movement is likely what your body is actually craving over the sugar that ends in an inevitable crash.

This whole process can be made all the more enjoyable if you can recruit family, friends, and co-workers to join along.   Science proves that when your environment supports your habits, you are much more likely to be successful in maintaining your lifestyle.

Creating New Memories and Favorites

Let’s face it, as much as we love routines, habits, and the comfort of our ‘ruts’ of living, we also love the thrill of something new! That’s why it can be easy in the early stages of a diet. You’re excited to start a new thing, then the “bright shiny object” syndrome wanes and you’re back at the old.

Choosing good habits is simply making new memories and friending new favorites.
~LeAura Alderson,

Cheat Treat Meals

I love treats meals! Who doesn’t, right? Because of the amount of guilt associated with “cheating”, we’ve changed the terminology to “treating”. When  you’ve earned your treat meal and dessert by the efforts you’ve applied in your week in general and in your fitness regimen, then you can feel good about enjoying a treat.

Treats are fine so long as it’s not a daily thing. Treats are the period on the end of the sentence of your week.
~LeAura Alderson,

How to Transform Your Life? Mindset.

These little tweaks in your mindset and how you talk about and view things, makes a difference and are all a part of how to transform your life. Truly. It may seem too simple, but generally, most things boil down to a few simple concepts—that when applied—work.

I don’t want peanut butter chocolate ice cream with a side of guilt, shame, and consequences. I no longer eat a large bowl each night, and I’m no longer bulimic. Rather, I savor, appreciate and enjoy each bite of a small serving and then I’m done!

I simply created a new way of thinking and a new habit: mental muscle.

Choose your treat carefully, relish it, appreciate it, then be done with it.
~LeAura Alderson,

Positivity Compounds and Picks up Speed

“Treat” means: “an event or item that is out of the ordinary and gives great pleasure.” So this should be an occasion for you to celebrate the change you’ve made. Be fully present in the moment and enjoy every bit of every bite! You’ve earned it and there is nothing wrong, or to feel guilty about.

Enjoy your treat without guilt, because you’re earned it. Then get right back on track to healthier foods that feed your body what it really needs.

When you start making healthier food choices, all aspects of your life are positively affected.

Your treats get healthier and as you eat healthier, you want to keep on eating healthier. Each positive habit builds on itself, and spreads into other areas of your life..

Before I cared enough to be more health conscious, a treat for me was Starbucks pastries, super bready, carb-loaded stuff, and sugary coffee drinks.  Now, it’s a treat to have a pomegranate! Though I still love cake, I’m learning to make healthy “cakes”. Next on my list, might be learning to make healthy “Reese’s”. 😉

Positivity compounds and picks up speed. So does negative habits. You will never regret choosing the positive.

A treat for me used to be a Starbucks pastry and a sweet flavored coffee. Now it’s a treat to have a pomegranate!
~Devani Alderson,

Plan Treat Day in Advance

Exercise: Write down which day of the week, or every two weeks, you will allow yourself to have a treat. If you have trouble sticking to not having a treat till that day, then set a reminder on your calendar and just embrace the good habits.

The key is not obsessing over “treat day” and allowing your body to detox and adjust to a new way of life. Writing it down in advance, let’s you plan it, then forget it until treat day.

How to Transform Your Life? Simply exercise your mental muscle to create a new way of thinking and a new habit. Just like exercise, the more you do it the stronger you get.
~LeAura Alderson,

Get Out of the Rut

When you’re looking for a treat experience, then look for new activities. The word “activity” itself eludes to moving around.  Instead of TV viewing, maybe gather around and do art projects with family and/or friends.  Instead of your usual workout, take an excursion, such as a bike ride or hike… dance class or zumba… aerial ballet or pickleball.

Just like having an occasional dessert, the point is that it mixes up the routine, creates fun memories, and you don’t get “bored.”

Converting a bad habit to a good one, increases your confidence, your ability and your personal power.
~LeAura Alderson,

Workouts Instead of Hangouts… Active Instead of Passive

Schedule a playdate excursion with friends, family, partner, or just some me-time.  Even treating yourself to a mani/pedi is a healthy change of routine. Change the habit of “food and friends” to the habit of “Activity and Friends”. It’s about choosing active fun over passive consumption.

If you have dogs, consider spending the afternoon hiking with them, or taking them to the dog park. It’s all the better if you have other pet-owner friends.  Your dogs need the exercise as much as you, and it’s so much more rewarding for them—and for us—than just getting cookies.

My family enjoys bicycling, so we like finding trails and new places to bike. We also have dogs and being creatures of habit,  they’re like our back-up personal trainers; they won’t let us get away with not walking them.

So how to transform your life…? Simple. Swap a bad habit for a good one!

All change begins, right here, right now.
Positive impulses acted on now, bring you power.
Negative impulses ignored, also bring you power.
~LeAura Alderson, MyTrainerFitness.

Never easy… always worth it!™

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Devani Anjali Alderson runs a marketing agency helping business owners, artists, and creative minded people spread their message in the modern online world. She is also an avid fan of science fiction, photography, creative and fiction writing, master-minding with like-minded people, fangirling over Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, BBC Sherlock… And her Maltese dog Caspian (as in the Prince from Narnia, not the sea).

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