Good Habits – the Most Powerful Tool of All

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Good habits become the structure that hold up your day. Structured days become the scaffolding that uphold your life. Every decision has a consequence. Best to make good ones.

Now if you’re a creative and you already feel yourself bridling at the idea of structure. I get it. Truly. But here’s the thing, your structure is not a box… it’s not a prison. Rather, your structure is merely good habits done daily that set you up for success.

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Your habits are created from your decisions. They can be tailor made to fit your life and goals. And here’s a truism:

Just at habits start as decisions, decisions also become habits.

Don’t bridle at structure. Take the reins.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

The Habit of Habits

One of the simplest and yet most important tools to employ for your business success is to make a habit of having good habits.

Habits are the building blocks of your day. They create the structure within which you can get your work done. Habits compound to build the home of your life.  Your habits become that which houses all that you do… the rooms where you live.

You do not daily have to build your home in order to have a roof over your head. You do not need to construct a shelter to keep the elements off and wild animals out. Fortunately, most of us have homes that we wake up in and come home to each day. Your home’s structure is there. It is your place in which your life happens. You know you can count on it to shelter you.

The habits you intentionally implement will create the place where you can do the work that matters to you while not needing to worry about the things that don’t. Your good habits become that inner office for creating the work you wish to share with the world.

The Habit of Setting and Achieving Goals

The number one tool we use to set and track habits that serve our goals and omit the holes and gaps that snag our resolve is the 90 Day Goals Journal. You can download a free 30 day pdf here.

Do not underestimate the power of habit to serve you… or derail you.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

10 Good Habits that Make a Difference

Establishing one new habit each day, or even each week, will help get you get in the flow of creating positive change in your life.  Here are some ideas of fairly simple habits that you can use to get started, and we’ll link to loads more at the end!

  1. Starting tonight, get your tomorrow morning ready the night before: set out your clothes, plan or prepare your breakfast so that you start your day ahead and relaxed.
  2. Wake up 30 minutes earlier to make the time and space for your creative endeavor.*
  3. Drink a large glass of water with a squeeze of lemon first thing in the morning for an internal cleanse.
  4. Write down what you’re grateful for every morning and/or evening.
  5. Start your day with a healthy breakfast, (perhaps that you prepared the night before).
  6. Complete at least one important goal in the morning before doing anything else. Big tasks loom large, so do it when you have the most energy, and that frees up a chunk of bandwidth in your day.
  7. Take 1-5 minute workout breaks throughout the day, (or at least one workout break). The power of exercise to generate personal power is a well established fact.
  8. Don’t start your day with news or social channels. Instead, listen to an educational podcast on topics of  interest, or uplifting elevating music to put a spring and boogie right out the door, or into your ‘creator’s chair’.
  9. Avoid negativity and immerse in things that are beautiful positive and elevating.
  10. Get fresh air and sunshine each day that you can. Nature, helps you connect with and nurture your nature.

For the 100 more good habits, see this article.

*On Waking up Early

Creators often share their frustration over not getting time to create. If you just try this tip of awakening 30 minutes earlier for a week, you’ll see how much more you get done.

That 30 minutes time won’t truly make a difference in how rested you feel. However, it will definitely make a difference in how you feel about yourself and your day by doing the thing you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had time for.

That 30 minutes extra time will deliver to you far more than 30 minutes of benefit… we’ve experienced it and seen it over and again. But the only way for this to work for you is to hold that time as set and sacred… not to be relegated to anything else. Remember, you would’ve been sleeping.

And… chances are you’ll want to bump that 30 to 45 or more soon. Progress is empowering and empowerment is energizing, and when you’re energized you can get more done! 😉

Don’t over-complicate or over-think building new habits.  Progress is simply daily efforts which compound over time.

Make a habit of good habits.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Be Honest

It’s time to be piercingly honest with yourself. After all, we’re ultimately accountable to ourselves. Is it truly that  you don’t have time, or is it that you’ve simply not prioritized your time?

Don’t be the one wasting time complaining about others or why things didn’t get done. Use that time to fuel your creativity rather than to excuse or explain the negatives. That won’t get you where you want to go.

There is a place in human development where we spend more time making excuses and complaining than in actually doing the work. Don’t let that be you. You’ve got important work to do.

Time to get on with your purpose.
Don’t waste precious time congregating around negativity… yours or that of others.
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~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

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Habits and Self Sabotage

Creating supportive good habits is critical for any success. Whether you’re working towards making your creative endeavor an income producing business, or just wanting to spend more time creating, Good habits make for a happier, healthier life.Good habits are where you’ll want to spend the bulk of your day.

Our brains are wired for repetition so repeat the positives until good habits are your default mode.

Write down your habits and you’ll become more conscious of the habits they don’t support your aspiration and the triggers that trip them.  You can also ask for accountability from trusted people who can encourage you towards your positive habits.

Examples of Negative Habits Common to Creatives

  • Talking about creative blocks over finding solutions.
  • Too many ideas but too little application.
  • Glamorizing disorder, chaos and absence of structure.
  • Dramatizing emotional highs and lows and/or manic depressive.
  • Procrastination doing the work.
  • Not finishing projects and/or starting too many new projects
  • Perfectionism versus learning more rapidly through trial and error and through failing.
  • Holding onto a negative story about who you are and/or limiting yourself based on your past.
  • Addictions substances or bad habits.
  • Stinking thinking and negativism.
  • Engaging with people/groups that feed negativity.
  • Distractions in the news and media.
  • Getting caught up in “the cause of the day”.
  • Depression, hopelessness and feeling stuck.

Send us yours and we’ll add the to this list (don’t worry… we won’t name you :-))

Confronting our own bad habits is not fun, but it is imperative for progress.

Growing into your vision requires growing out of limiting beliefs.
~Devani Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

Create Your Habits List

I created a list recently of behaviors and thoughts that were not serving me. It was uncomfortable, disappointing, and even a little depressing at first.

But writing those habits and thoughts down did two things:

  1. The internal tension of my negative energy lifted
  2. Moving forward with solutions and accountability became simpler and energizing

To create your own list of habits that serve you and those that don’t is a powerful exercise to do and keep current.

Create a 3 Column List

  1. Good Habits that Serve My Goals
  2. Poor Habits that Detract from my Goals
  3. Neutral Habits that don’t contribute or detract (most habits are either good or not, however if you’re not certain, you can create a ‘neutral’ column for those that don’t seem to go in either place.

Once you have your list, you’ll become more clear on where you need to spend most of your time: on the good habits list.

A helpful reframe phrase:

“Believing I’m worthless does not serve me and I do not do things that do not serve me.”
~Tom Bilyeu, founder of Impact Theory

You can replace the first part of that quote (e.g., “…I’m worthless”), with any bad habit that does not serve you, and that word or phrase can be added to (or pulled from) your negatives list. E.g.:

” ____________________does not serve me.”

  • Believing I’m not good enough does not serve me.
  • Believing that I don’t have enough time to create does not serve me.
  • Believing I’m not educated enough does not serve me.
  • Procrastination does not serve me.
  • Negative self-talk does not serve me.
  • Talk more than doing does not serve me.
  • Consistently waking up late does not serve me.
  • I do not do things that do not serve me.

Etc… you create your own list of affirmations to rotate through as you need them.

 

For a deeply researched and insightful book on habits, you will most likely enjoy the best seller: The Power of Habit.

Two other favorite books along these lines are The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy, and also The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson, one of Darren Hardy’s mentors.

And if you enjoy a really deep dive into the art and science of structure, this is a virtual textbook on the subject of creativity within structure that’s mind-expanding: A Beautiful Constraint, by Adam Morgan and Mark Barden.

Here’s the huge 100 good habits list we promised.

Life is a question, and how we live it is our answer.
~The One Thing book, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

 

Your good habits create the structure within which you can get your work done.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com

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