“Live as if life is stacked in your favour” – Rumi
Can you change one thing about your life?
If you cannot see one thing that could possibly be changed right now, can you start one thing?
The power of building new positive habits manifests as follows:
• One thing usually leads to a second thing which leads to a third.
Can you see where this is going? When you start or change one thing, and commit to spending time at it daily, after a few weeks, you will see new opportunities arise in your life. These opportunities possibly won’t be what you envisioned. Life rarely works out like that. But, if you are open and clued in to your surroundings, you will start to see positive things coming your way.
What one thing can you do today that you didn’t do yesterday?
The following are a few ideas.
• Finish your shower with a blast of cold water
• List all of the positive things that you did yesterday
• Let go of something that you know isn’t doing you any good
• 5 minutes of deep breathing a few times a day
• Tell someone that you love them every day
• Smile at yourself while brushing your teeth
• Wash and dry your hands with total awareness of what you are doing
• Put out a piece of fruit every night and eat it in the morning
• Buy a BPA-free water bottle and use it
• Keep hand-cream beside your bed and rub it in before you go to sleep
• Write in a journal every day for ten minutes
• Commit to helping someone every day
• Eat raw vegetables every day
• Buy an alarm clock and get up ten minutes earlier every day
• Remove social media apps from your phone
• Donate five items to a charity shop – not daily, but monthly
Habits don’t happen after a half hour of practice, by reading one book, or by listening to a Ted talk. These might be the sparks that ignites change, but positive change happens to you when you repeat the positive habits very frequently. Previously when I wanted to see a change, I got really frustrated if it didn’t happen straight away. Good things take time. ODODO has taken time. Getting to a point where I am happy to put this service out there for you has been a journey of many years. This has boosted my confidence because I have arrived here through learning, practising, studying and repeating this daily.
Days turn into months. Months turn into years. Cultivating a daily practice cultivates positive changes in you. I look back now and recognise that all of the bumps and potholes along the way have kept me on track. I am grateful everyday for all of them. When someone tells you that it has been an overnight success remember that it wasn’t. Everything begins with a daily practice of something. Find your daily-practice something. Set a reminder in your phone and practise it with total awareness.
Be gentle with yourself as you begin, and remember that only you can do what you do the way that you do it. That is what makes you unique and your daily practice unique to you too. The future isn’t here yet. Tempora mutantur, et nos mutamur in illis – times change and we change with them. Your continuous daily practice can ease you through to tomorrow.