Simple Changes for BIG Results

We do a lot of things without realizing it, or even knowing WHY we do what we do. Many of our habits are from our family growing up. Other habits form through the company we keep. And then other habits appear from our own internal beliefs about ourselves and our reality.

The great thing is - You have 100% control over yourself. Not the outside world, but yourself. Your thoughts, feelings, reactions, actions, etc. What you do, say, think, and believe. You can change it any time.

There are a lot of small habits we can easily change, and get big results from.

Transformations don’t always have to be grand, jaw-dropping, life-changing, Instagram-famous posts. In fact, most of the long-lasting and truly life-changing ones are actually small, tiny acts.

Here are some examples:

1) Instead of using that same dinner plate you’ve had for 10 years, pull out the salad plate. Our eyes get tricked when we use a large plate, and we subconsciously fill it and eat too much. Portion control is a HUGE issue for most of us, and most of us don’t even know it (until now, maybe).

2) Wake up 10 minutes earlier than you normally do, and use that 10 minutes for some kind of self-care. Write in a gratitude journal, read the newspaper or a short chapter in a new book (DO NOT read or look at your smartphone, though!), stretch, do some Yoga, or even a small set of push ups or air squats just to get the blood flowing, brew some fresh coffee and drink it while watching the sunrise, etc.

3) Only grocery shop around the perimeter of the store. The aisles are where all of our problems lie - processed, artificial, substitutions, chemically created, preserved, and otherwise fake foods. The crap is in the aisles. All of the real food in around the perimeter of the grocery store - meats, fruits, veggies, etc.

4) Never grocery shop when you’re hungry and/or tired, angry, or any other negative emotion. And, always go with a list.

5) Make sure all of your lights are turned off in your bedroom when you sleep. Even your phone, watch, etc. Absolutely no lights whatsoever.

6) Start to unwind and unplug about 30 minutes before your bedtime. Brush your teeth, change into pajamas, write in your journal, read a book, etc. NO smartphone!

7) Place your alarm clock away from your bed so that when it goes off, you HAVE to get out of bed to turn it off.

8) When you think you’re hungry, are tempted for more, or craving something sweet or otherwise unhealthy, drink an entire glass of water. If you’re still hungry afterwards, then find something nourishing, but more times than not, when we crave, our body is actually just dehydrated.

9) Do your hardest task of the day FIRST (if and when possible, anyway). We are most alert, refreshed, and able to conquer monumental tasks in the first half of the day. After lunch, we get that “afternoon fog,” and by nightfall most of us are burnt out.

10) Ask for help. Accept other people’s help. And, offer help. Remember, we are all in this together, and it works a heck of a lot better when we can all do our part.

What are some other things you’d add to this list? I’d love to hear what small, simple changes you’ve made in your life that added up to big results. It just might help someone else out there! ;-)

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