Have you been hearing about all the benefits of personal development? Maybe you’ve tried a few and enjoyed them but can’t get consistent with it? Here are some tips on how to be consistent with personal development and stick to a regular schedule.
Why are you interested in personal development? Do you want to feel happier? Build confidence? Manage anxiety? Write down what results you want to see and how you want to feel.
Once you have this list you can start choosing your personal development habits if you haven’t already. Pick ones that you enjoy and that give you the results you want.
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Reading – personal development books on the area of your choice (confidence, mindset, happiness, mindfulness etc)
Exercise – great for mental and physical health by releasing positive hormones into the brain.
Affirmations – creating powerful statements about yourself beginning with I AM…
Visualisation – using your imagination to visualise your future self with the results you want. For example without a fear, anxiety or stresses that you currently have.
Journaling – writing down what’s on your mind. You can also journal about your goals and your future life.
Meditation – connecting with yourself and being in the present moment. Search on YouTube for guided meditations to get started.
I recommend picking 2 or 3 habits to get you started. As you get consistent and Ito the habit you can add more when you’d like to. Just don’t add to many at the start and overwhelm yourself with too many to try at one time.
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This is very similar to the reflecting and visualising we talked about earlier. By really connecting with the results you want from this it will keep you motivated to continue on the days you don’t feel like it. You can visualise how you will feel with all the benefits from your personal development habits and this will help keep you consistent.
Pick a time of the day that best suits you. It may be waking up 10 minutes earlier than you usually do and using that time. Or 10 minutes before bed. Pick the amount of time you want to commit to it. Then schedule your habits. So for example if you want to start reading and exercise for 10 minutes each per day when you wake up. Your schedule would be: wake up, 10 minutes reading, 10 minutes exercise.
Have a notebook, memo on your phone or whatever else works for you to track your routine. For example a memo on your phone that has your personal development habits on. Then you use the tick emoji (✅) every day when you have completed that habit for the day.
If you have a friend that wants to get consistent with personal development too make a commitment to each other. Share your new routine and the time you have committed to it. Then check in every week and be honest about whether or not you stuck to it. When you have you can celebrate together. If you haven’t you can discuss why and put something in place to be more consistent the next week.
If you’d like an accountability partner head over to the Facebook group. We have a weekly accountability thread that you can post on. I’d also be happy for you to message me weekly if you’d like to stay accountable.
Make it a family ritual to exercise in the morning, or practice gratitude. Whatever it is you choose to do, do it as a family. I love the idea of a family gratitude practice. Where you all spend time together in the evening writing down what you’re grateful for from that day. If you have children get them involved and thinking about their own mindset too.
What habits are you going to start adding into your day? Let me know over in the Facebook group.
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