Is Life Not Everything You Dreamed It Would Be? Look Inward.

Life is a series of experiences. Those experiences are largely based on choices that we make. We have so much more control over our lives than we often believe that we do. 

Sometimes simple adjustments and a commitment to discipline can be the things that put our lives on a track to unimaginable success. Read on to learn more about 6 bad habits that might be holding you back from achieving your goals. 

You Have Shitty Sleep Routine

Sleep is so important. It’s essential to our health, our cognition, and so much more. 

I know way too many people who believe that sleep isn’t all that important. They stay up way too late, get up way too early, and drown their exhaustion in caffeine, energy drinks, and bad food. 

They stare at their phones in their beds until they finally pass before doing it all over again the next day. They’re not falling asleep. They’re passing out. Exhausting their brains. Over stimulating themselves. Treating their bodies and minds and spirits like garbage — and that’s exactly what they feel like when they wake up in the morning.

Treat yourself right. Develop healthy sleeping habits. Don’t look at your phone in bed. Rest. You’ll be sharper, you’ll feel better and you’ll probably look a heck of a lot better too. 

You Scroll First Thing in the Morning

We’re all guilty of it. Our alarms go off. We open our eyes. And the first thing we do is grab for our phones and start scrolling through. For what? To feed our addiction, of course. 

Waking up and immediately looking at our phones is a destructive habit, and it’s one that can completely derail our days, not to mention make us feel terrible right off the bat. 

Instead, I recommend spending at least the first hour of your day off of the phone. Get some fresh air. Reflect. Read. Journal. Plan your day over a cup of coffee. Connect with your family. 

Soon enough, you’ll start cultivating a healthier relationship with your phone and using it for the tool that it is vs. the albatross around your neck that it so often can be. 

You’re Constantly Eating Garbage

Are you really conscious about what you’re putting into your body? Do you eat a balanced diet of nutritious, wholesome foods, or are you filling yourself with preservative-laden, processed crap?

Most of us are doing the latter, and it ends up showing in how we feel and in how we look. I’m not suggesting that you adhere to any specific diet. I’m not telling you to go Paleo or to become vegan, but I am telling you that, as an adult, hitting the fast food drive through 3 times a week isn’t doing you any good. 

Enjoy yourself. Don’t make yourself feel guilty about eating. Just know how to find the right balance. 

You Don’t Exercise

A lot of us make that excuse that we’re “too old” to do certain things, and with a few exceptions, I think that’s absolute nonsense. 

We might feel old, but that often has less to do with our actual age and way more to do with how we treat ourselves. 

When I was a younger man, I played sports, was athletic, and would train occasionally, but I never really had the discipline to be in great physical shape. I didn’t feel my best. I was successful, but I wasn’t where I wanted to be. 

In fact, it wasn’t until I entered my 50s that I found an exercise regimen that I felt connected to, and through that, I found an even deeper sense of discipline, resulting in my being in the best shape of my life. 

Find your activity. Give yourself over to it. Trust the process. You’ll feel invincible. 

You Lack Sunlight

Getting outside has such incredible benefits. Mental, physical, emotional — connecting with nature can do it all. 

Modern living finds us all too often inside, in the dark, staring at screens. We lose our connection to the natural world. 

One of my favorite activities is to simply be outside in the sun, connecting with nature. It helps me problem solve, even when that was not my original intention. Outside time gives me perspective. 

Limiting your space can lead to limited thinking. The world is a vast place. Immerse yourself in it. Seek out new things and experiences. Feel the air and the sunlight on your skin. Don’t suffer from a self-imposed exile.  

You’re Resentful and Act Like a Victim

Other people around you might be more successful than you. They might have more money, cooler cars, a bigger house — and good for them, right? That’s not something that they did to do. In fact, it’s not about you at all, so stop making it about you. 

You want a beautiful house on the lake? You want a better car? More financial freedom? Go get it. Feeling sorry for yourself and resenting others who have what you want will never get you there. 

The irony is, instead of trying to align yourself with people who have the sort of success you want, you’re angry at them. There’s so much they can teach you. Be humble. Put yourself in a place of learning. Prepare yourself for success. And then, when you’ve achieved it, pass on that same generosity to someone else who could benefit from it. 

Does this sound like you? I’ve been there, too. But there’s always room for growth. 

I want to hear from you. I want you to achieve your goals. Let’s make that happen!

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