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Published on March 28, 2020

4 Habits That Will Change Your Life Forever

Do you know the way to change your life? The best way is by creating new routines and sticking to them until they become habits. How you go about it is entirely up to you. Hello everyone and welcome to thebestmind.net. In this article, we're going to learn about four habits that will change your life forever.

The 80/20 principle

In the late 1800s, an economist named, Wilfredo Pareto, observed that eighty percent of the land in his home country was owned by 20 percent of the population. Turns out, the land in nearly every major country is distributed the exact same way. Years later, a consultant named Joseph Juran realized the same pattern applies to business. The Pareto or 80/20 principle suggests that 80 percent of your sales will come from 20% of your clients, but the 80/20 principle isn't limited to just land or sales.

In athletics, 20 percent of your exercises will yield 80% of your gains. In customer service, 20 percent of your customers will make up 80 percent of your complaints. Even in programming, fixing the top 20 percent of bugs will resolve 80 percent of the users issues. Over the years, all sorts of mathematical evidence has come out in support of the 80/20 principle. Something called: power law can even predict everything from the frequency of last names to the size of craters on the moon, but how can the 8020 principle affect your life?

As you might have guessed, the principle applies to work and success too. 80% of your success will come from 20% of your work. This means we waste the vast majority of our time. According to "The Harvard Business Review", almost everything we do is unimportant. We spend 80 percent of our time distracted or inattentive, we're led astray by our environments and we're sidetracked by technology. Even when we are working, only a small percentage is actually worth our time.

The key is to identify that all-important 20%. The 80/20 principle is also known as the law of the vital few. If that 20% disappeared, you'd fail and you'd make no progress, but if you concentrate on that 20%, the majority will flourish making you successful in the long run.

So, how do you put the 80/20 principle into practice? When you make your to-do list, order it from most to least important, then cross out the bottom 80%. That top 20% is the source of your success.

The point here is to increase your profitability by fixing on the vital few. Don't try to do everything, don't try to make everything ideal and make sure you never spend time without working on that top 20%. It may only take you an hour a day, but that hour will have a bigger impact than the remaining 23 ever will.

Daily routines

Your routine should create a structure for your day. Morning routines will stimulate your body and brain while a good night routine will give you energy.

A morning workout for example, invigorates you by jump-starting your metabolism and flooding your body with endorphins. Consistency is especially important for morning routines. Many people find it challenging to motivate themselves to workout or spend time setting goals. It may be tough at first, but a consistent morning routine will help you build self-discipline. Not only will this make your routines easier, but the benefits will also carry over into your work. You'll have an easier time focusing while feeling confident and clear-headed.

So, what should a strong morning routine look like? They actually differ for everyone. You ultimately decide the routine that works best for you. Some people run eat breakfast and listen to a podcast. Others make lists and read the newspaper. Whatever routine you choose, make sure it leaves you energized and inspired.

So, what about after a long day of work? What should you do then? The purpose of an evening routine is to wind your body down. Unfortunately, it isn't as easy as jumping in bed and binging a series on Netflix. A strong evening routine nourishes your brain while gradually preparing for bed. You can use this time to plan the next day, reflect or do something fun. The ideas is to make sure you give your brain some creative freedom while keeping it active and ambitious.

Get back to them

What will you tell your co-worker if he asks you to share the load assigned to him by your boss. There are several ways to navigate this situation. Many of which leave you in a rough spot. Maybe you're the kind of person who would jump at the opportunity. Whether you like give help to people or feel too guilty to refuse, you engage in a mission you can't handle.

The quality of your work starts to suffer. You've piled on an extra helping of stress and it won't go down easy. Maybe saying yes isn't your problem. Let's say you turn your coworker down instead. You're already worried about your current work and don't want to risk over burdening yourself. You might even be scared of the extra pressure. This project could potentially be a giant step forward in your career, which can be intimidating. So, naturally you run away.

Now, you have to watch as your co-worker aces the assignment and gets that promotion you were hoping for. So, saying yes is reckless and saying no is cowardly. What do you do? The mistake here isn't the actual decision, it's how quickly you made it. In both situations you responded right away. You went with your knee-jerk reaction. You're engaging in something without giving importance to your own personal obstacles and limitations.

The point here is, to make mindful decisions before you choose. Give yourself time to think it over. Respond with something like I'll get back to you later or I'll check my calendar. This buys you time to formulate a plan. Does the extra work fit into your schedule? Do you want that additional stress in your life? What new avenues could this opportunity open up for you? You might feel differently about the entire situation after contemplating for as little as 15 minutes. The emotional weight of the decision will subside. This will give you a clearer idea of what to do in the end.

Practice gratitude

Many people aren't aware of how often they complain. They don't realize how much time they waste mulling over situations that don't go their way. To make matters worse, they rarely take action.

To be honest, it may not be your error, it might be completely out of your control, but when you complain, you're only hurting yourself. Complaints trap you in a web of negativity. You become so focused on all the bad things, that you don't pay attention to the good ones. This negative outlook can ruin your chances at accomplishing your goals, because you've decided the world won't let you.

When you're pursuing success, complaints are essentially excuses. They're just reasons why you aren't where you think you should be. Instead of complaining, learn to practice gratitude, find ways to be hopeful and inspired instead of angry. Focus on the constructive parts of your life to nurture a positive perspective. This will keep you feeling happy and motivated. That way, when things don't go your way, you won't give up. When you fail, you'll try again, but how do you practice gratitude?

Separate the positive from the negative. When something goes south, chronic complainers feel like their entire life is falling apart. Someone who practices gratitude can still recognize the dozens of positive things in their life. This gives them the motivation to grow and take action, while everyone else is focused on what went wrong.

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