What can I do for personal growth
Personal growth & more success thanks to these 6 habits
What do you actually have to achieve in order to be successful? Have the millions in the bank? Get promoted to the executive floor? To be happily married for 30 years? Own a private yacht or a private jet?
Setting goals to define your success and to work towards something is good and right. But that won't make you successful. What will make you successful is your daily actions and actions, your daily habits.
The man who carried away the mountain was the same one who started carrying away small stones. - Confucius
Success is related to personal growth. And growth happens slowly - sometimes painfully slowly. It's not about speed anyway, but about consistency. Just like a plant grows every day, although the difference can hardly be seen with the naked eye.
For your personal growth, you have to adopt the same mentality: it happens slowly but steadily. You can build good habits so that you can make sure that you actually outgrow yourself a bit every day.
What you should know about habits
When you hear the word habits, you probably think of the daily things that you do without thinking: brush your teeth, drive to work, drink coffee, watch Netflix. Why should habits of all things help you to be successful?
With this article we would like to give you some valuable insights into why habits are so important for your personal growth. And of course, as always, we will give you specific tips on which habits are particularly good for your success.
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1. Habits determine the majority of our thoughts and lives
95% of our daily thoughts and actions are determined by habits. We keep recurring thoughts. We always do the same thing. We solve problems in familiar ways. In the same way, we choose similar food and always find excuses why we don't want to exercise.
Because habits have such a big impact on our lives, it's so incredibly important to have good habits. Because habits is basically just the program that runs automatically. We can determine for ourselves which habits our brain calls up.
So recognize the bad habits in your life and replace them with good ones. Then you can easily run your program of habits and know that you are getting one step closer to your success every day.
2. Habits hardly cost you energy
Why does our brain rely on habits 95% of the time? Because they hardly cost any energy. There is no need to think about it, or make any decisions. Everything runs automatically. Habits do not cost mental capacities.
You can take advantage of this energy-saving property of habits yourself. It takes a little energy to build a habit. But once you've established a habit, it hardly costs you any effort.
Imagine how in the future you will grab your sneakers and just start walking without a fight with your weaker self. Without any excuses. Without any quarrels with yourself.
3. How to build habits
When it comes to building a habit, you can't start small enough. Because only then can you be sure not to lose motivation. Instead of you z. For example, if you do a 30-minute workout every day, try doing five squats a day. If you can do more, that's great. If you can do at least five squats a day for the next six months, that's even better.
If you keep the requirements as low as possible, you are also better protected against external disturbances. Do you have to push overtime at work today? No problem, you can quickly do five squats behind your desk.
6 habits for success and personal growth
What do Immanuel Kant, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Angela Merkel have in common? They all swear by good habits. You can find out which habits contribute to their success in this list.
Habit 1: Journaling
Diaries have been around since humans were able to write. There is just something immensely liberating about writing down your thoughts. Negative thoughts and brooding in particular tend to nestle in our thinking habits. The best way to get rid of them? Just write it down. If necessary, tear up the paper and throw it away.
But you can also write specifically about certain topics. How about B. To record your visions of success in as much detail as possible and to find solutions to possible obstacles in advance? You probably won't actually use your ideas later. Rather, it is about developing the right mindset: namely, that a solution will be found for every problem.
Instead of looking into the future, you can also look into the past. Reflect on childhood memories or past experiences. Ask yourself: what happened? How did I feel about it? When do I feel the same in my life today as I did then? This will reveal patterns in your behavior and personality. These insights can help you immensely in your personal development.
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Habit 2: Use the Pomodoro technique
Do you often get distracted at work? Accept a call here, answer an e-mail briefly? Or do you let yourself be seduced far too often by Facebook and Co.? Even if there was no internet at that time, the Italian Francisco Cirillo was constantly distracted when he was studying in the 80s.
He found that he couldn't even concentrate for ten minutes at a time. So he tried to train his ability to concentrate. He used a kitchen clock in the shape of a tomato (Pomodoro is Italian for tomato) and set it to five minutes, then rewarded himself with a short break. After just a few days, he was able to concentrate again for 25 minutes at a time and the Pomodoro technique was born.
Today, millions of people around the world use this Pomodoro technique to work more effectively. You have made a habit of working on one thing for 25 minutes at a time.
Habit 3: Meditate
Meditation has an incredible number of benefits. When it comes to success and personal growth, there are two reasons why you should definitely meditate on a daily basis. First, meditation supports you in your self-reflection. You train to become an objective observer. This allows you to assess yourself more realistically and neither over- nor underestimate yourself.
Second, meditation protects you from burnout. If success is important to you, you probably have great problems taking breaks. But not every minute you do nothing is a lost minute. With a daily meditation you can give yourself this little break that may protect you from exhaustion!
You can even meditate for just one, two, five or ten minutes. It's not about floating like a Zen monk into nirvana for hours every day. Rather, it is important to give yourself a short break once or several times a day and to look at the world and yourself from a distance.
Habit 4: Walk 10,000 steps a day
Especially when you have an office job, you probably get far too little exercise. It would of course be great if you power yourself out in the gym every day after work, but that's just not always feasible in terms of time. Nevertheless, you can try to bring the doctor's recommendation of 10,000 steps into your everyday life every day. That's about seven kilometers.
That sounds like a lot at first. But you will certainly find processes in your everyday life that you can now combine with your new walking experience ;-). How about, for example, if you walk around the block every evening after work? Or take the stairs instead of the elevator everywhere? Or not going to the nearest toilet, but the toilet on the other floor?
It's not about actually breaking the 10,000 mark every day. It is much more important that you create awareness of your exercise habits and then try to improve them bit by bit. So it's no problem at all if you start with 5,000 or 7,000 steps.
Habit 5: Replace negative thoughts with positive ones
Changing thought patterns seems like an impossibility at first. Thoughts just come and go as they please, don't they? In fact, thoughts are just a matter of habit. With journaling you can e.g. B. Let your thoughts run free for a few days in a row and just write what you think. You will find that your thoughts are repeating themselves very strongly.
But how can we put down negative thought patterns and replace them with positive thoughts? By consciously cultivating positive thoughts that will eventually become a habit.
For example, every time you look in the mirror you can say to yourself, “I am beautiful. I like my eyes I have great hair. ”At some point these thoughts no longer seem strange or exaggerated to you, but quite natural. As if you've always had it.
Habit 6: Learn about personal development
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One of the best investments you can make is investing in yourself. Personality development is exactly about that: Invest in yourself. You have an incredible number of strengths and abilities that you can exploit. On the other hand, of course, you also have weaknesses or limiting beliefs that limit you. The right way to deal with your strengths and weaknesses will help you immensely on your way to success!
But here, too, it is important that you do not read a book on the subject of personality development every jubilee, but promote yourself every day. Incidentally, we have now developed the FlowFinder® Academy app for this purpose. There we offer you a large selection of audio books, videos, meditations and much more so that you can advance your personal growth every day.
Conclusion: Lots of good habits make an ideal routine
Which of these six habits can you start with today? Take the first step today of many more to come. How about a walk to start your 10,000 step habit?
But don't try to build multiple habits at the same time. It is much better if you start a habit and actually stick it through until it is really part of your flesh and blood.
Then you can start the next habit. Or the next habits will come naturally, because you can draw motivation and energy from your first good habit. It is important to take the first step. Everything else will come by itself.
Use your potential!
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