When it comes to life, we can often slip into habits that shape our daily lives, and then begin to believe that we don’t have the ability to change them. It all can become overwhelming as you look at the big picture of your life, but it doesn’t need to be that way.
You have much more control over your life than you may believe. It comes down to forming the habits you need to create a life that you love (Move, Nourish, Believe for example smile ). But that but begin with you knowing what you want and what you need to do to make that change.
This September we’re celebrating 30 days of Active Living in the lead up to Active Nation Day (Sunday 30 September). To do this we want everyone to make the commitment to themselves (and their health) to pull on their Activewear and move EVERY – DAY. You don’t need to run a marathon, all you need to do is be active and move your body.
So, we thought that now was the perfect time to talk about creating habits that will help you live the life you want and truly deserve xx
We caught up with Executive Coach and motivator / inspirer extraordinaire, Michael Puhle to find out how to create life changing habits.
Creating Life Changing Habits
We are not a product of our goals or circumstance, but of what we repeatedly do – our habits.
Take a look at the standard of your life; finances, relationships, health. To improve the standard of our lives we need to improve the standard of our habits, or create new habits.
Here are the steps you can implement in four areas of your life that can dramatically transform your standard of living.
The 4 areas of your life
Take the time to honestly evaluate and state the current standard of your life in these areas:
Relationships (partner, friends or family)
Fitness (exercise, training or nutrition)
Finances (budgeting, structure or accountability)
Vocation (job, business or side hustle)
Reflect and write down what areas make you happy and which you would like to change or improve.
Your steps to create life changing habits
It takes 21-28 days to create or transform a habit, and it takes a further 28 days to see the effect of that new habit.
Decide on and clearly describe where you want the new standard of your life to be in the above areas.
Decide on what habit your can create right now that will lead you toward the new standard. An action that will create the change you’re seeking to make.
Be exact in your description and how you will execute the habit.
Create a calendar for a 28 day countdown.
Perform the habit very single day for 28 days.
Mark off the days as you go.
My finances are currently hand to mouth – I can never get ahead and never seem to save.
I will have more awareness of what I spend money on and save 10% of my weekly income.
My new habit will be to review my bank account for 5 minutes to see where my money goes and transfer 1.45% of my weekly income into a savings account every evening. (1.45% of a weekly income is 10% / 7 days. By the end of the week 10% will have been saved)
Write 28, 27, 26, 25 …., 3, 2, 1 on a stack of post-it notes.
Review my bank account, transfer my 1.45% and tear away that day’s post-it until they’re all gone.
Be relentless in performance of the task. No matter what distractions – you must complete it.
After 28 days you’ll have formed four new habits that will transform your life.
After 56 days you’ll have a new standard of living.
“We first make our habits, thereafter our habits make us.”
What habit are you going to create to level up your lifestyle?
Michael Puhle is the Inspirer of Ambition, Executive Coach & Speaker and Founder of Words With Oz.
“Life’s too short to follow a path we’re half hearted about. We should do what we love to do.”
Michael Puhle’s career path reads like a typical millennial, with the eternal battle of ‘following others opinions vs. finding his own way’ causing four career changes before the age of thirty. Whilst being an admitted solicitor in NSW that Michael found his love and skill for advocacy, persuasion and emotive speech. When tragedy struck his family in 2011 Michael was compelled to change tack.
Until this moment, Michael had been chasing a career based on two criteria, money and talent. He shifted focus and chased what fulfilled him; inspiring others to be more ambitious. Michael (“Oz”) founded Words With Oz.