7 Keystone Habits to Help You Achieve Your Goals

We all have habits, right? Did you know that 45 percent of our daily behavior is habit driven?According to researchers, it’s our morning habits that set the pace for the day and the ongoing quality of our lives. Makes sense, right?

What we do in the morning has a resounding affect on what we achieve during your day, the week and the entire year. When we make a shift in our morning habits we can make monumental shifts in our lives.

There are certain habits we can interweave into our daily routine that will make an enormous difference. These habits are also known as keystone habits. They act almost as the soil for which other good habits can grow from, while also working to deter bad habits along the way.

When you focus on keystone habits, other good habits tend to fall into place. For example, if you’re on a diet and you ensure that you get 30 minutes of exercise in, you’re more likely to watch what you eat, maybe drink more water that day, and possibly even take your vitamins.

However, when you skip the exercise, you might be more inclined to cheat, maybe eat some fast food, possibly drink soda or alcohol, and veer just a little off course. That’s because exercise is a keystone habit. When you focus on the keystone habits in the morning, you’ll be less likely to get sidetracked because they will act as the glue for the other good habits.

So, what habits, specifically, are we talking about here?

#1 — Wake up Early

At the foundation of a successful morning is the habit of waking up early. It’s no secret most successful people get up early in the morning.

To wake up early, you need to ensure that you plan your evenings better. If you’re stressed out, filled with anxiety, or engaged in some other activity that’s keeping you awake late into the night, then getting up early will be far harder.

I like to use a micro-changes approach to new habits. First, set your alarm clock back 15 minutes early and do so for the next week. Focus on waking up 15 minutes early each day, without fail. Then, go back 15 minutes more the following week. Do this for 8 consecutive weeks until you’re waking up at least two hours earlier than you’re used to.

Sounds extreme? Well, it’s not. The morning is the best time to focus and plan for the day ahead. It’s also the best time to ensure that you tackle wellness in the mind and the body. What you do in the early morning hours has an enormous effect on the balance of your day.

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2018 Goals – a new way to reach them

Just off a training with one of my mentors, and I have to share with you 3 quick tips I learned about how you can increase the potential to reach the goals you set for yourself in 2018.

1. First step is to write down your goals, right?  But what’s critical is to write down a specific date you want to achieve that goal by.

For example, “I want to lose 10 pounds by February 15, 2018.”   Whatever your goal is, write it down and pick a date by which you will have achieved it!  Seems simple, right?

2). The next part of this is really powerful though…and that is to announce it to the world. What?  Really?  You have to tell the world?  Yes…this is the important part!

Here’s where we begin to worry about what others will think of us.

A friend may say, “Hey, didn’t you say you were going to lose 10 pounds back in January?” or, “Didn’t you say you wanted to move up a rank in your company by such and such a date?”

Don’t worry about that. Whatever your goal is, announce it to the world, because something magical happens when we do this… we put our intent out there first.

We often write down our goals and then we start analyzing how we’re going to get there.  We get caught in the trap of the mind.  We start to reason, ‘How am I going to do this?”   We think that we need to figure out the steps to get somewhere before we start.

We don’t!

The reason we get stuck here is age-old.  There is a part of our brain that wants to keep us safe and it is threatened by anything new.  If we wait too long before acting upon something, fear and/or reasoning steps in and begins to question what we are doing.  This was very helpful thousands of years ago when we needed to be cautious in case a predatory animal was lurking outside, but today it can hold us back from achieving our goals.

I’ve seen myself do this over and over again in the past…set a goal, try to analyze how am I going to do it and then not take the steps forward.

3).  When you achieve what you want by a specific date, give yourself a reward.  Maybe you give yourself a spa day. If it’s a huge, huge goal that you’ve achieved, perhaps you buy yourself a new car or go on a vacation you’ve always thought about.  Whatever it is, it’s going to be different for all of us, but think about just announcing what you want to the world and then figure out how to do it.

This way it’s just something that you’ve put into place and you work towards, instead of trying to figure out how to work towards something.  Makes complete sense, right?

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” —Andrew Carnegie

Comment below if you’d like to share your goals. I’d love to hear what your goals are and what you plan to reward yourself with too!




Five ‘Non-Negotiables’ to Keep Your Home-Based Business Growing

For those of us who work at home, it’s SO important to adhere to what I like to call ‘non-negotiables.’  These are the steps that help you stay on track to continue to grow your home-based business when you’re experiencing a slow time or nothing seems to be going right.  And especially when nothing seems to be going right!  This is the time when you are most vulnerable to giving up, or saying, ‘It’s just not for me!’

Having steps in place that you adhere to on a consistent basis will change your vibration…and everything depends on this.  We are vibrational beings, and what we vibrate is what we attract.   When we’re putting out negative thoughts that is the energy we’re pulling towards us.  We have to literally put ourselves in motion and create different thought patterns in order to let go of negative thoughts, and there are a number of non-negotiables that you can include in your day to help you with this.

#1 VISUALIZATION.   Visualize where you want to be six months from now, a year from now, maybe five years from now, but have something either written down or photos in a book of visualizations that is your personal property.

Write your visualization in PRESENT TIME, as if you have already received your six month goal, or your 12 month goal, or your 5 year goal.  Look around you and describe how it FEELS. What are the senses involved now that you’e achieved this?  Who is there with you? What they saying?  What are they wearing?  Who else is there with you, and where exactly are you?  Express GRATITUDE for what has occurred and for the people and things that helped you get where you are.   If you have trouble expressing gratitude at first, take yourself back to a time when you were really grateful for something and FEEL what it was like.  Then return to your written visualization with a strong feeling of gratitude.  Read it to yourself every single day, so that you remind yourself of why you’re doing what you’re doing.

They say it’s good to read a visualization to yourself at night right before you go to sleep because during the night your subconscious mind, which is actually more powerful than the conscious mind, can work on that visualization for you while you sleep.   There is research that shows the power of the subconscious mind and its ability to bring into fruition what you visualize.

#2 PERSONAL GROWTH.  Learn something from those who have come before you – read blogs and posts from people who are successful in the business that you are involved in. Get on a webinar. Listen to a phone call but do something every day to be in the presence of people who are working towards the same thing you are, people who have achieved what you want to achieve.  It doesn’t have to be very long. It could be ten minutes. Just listen to something so that you start to grow in your concept and understanding of what it takes to be successful.

#3 LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY.  Okay, so I have been on this path. I have been learning how to do search engine optimization and Facebook analytics.  I have been learning target marketing. All of these things were new to me, but I stuck with them, and I know how frustrating it can be when a link doesn’t work, or a tutorial doesn’t match what you’re seeing on the screen!   We live in such a fast-paced world that in order to stay abreast of changes we have to challenge ourselves to evolve and grow – almost daily!  When you learn something new it’s of value, and now you can help teach this to others.

#4 USE WHAT YOU’VE LEARNED.  Many of us watch webinars and we learn new methods and techniques but we may never put them into practice. Just put it into practice – this is the key that turns the lock.  If it’s not perfect, it’s fine. Who cares?  The world is not a perfect place. Just put it out there and begin the process and you learn as you go along and you slowly get better.

#5 NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK.   Join groups and organizations. Be interested in people. Build relationships. Listen to what people are actually saying and not what you think they’re saying.  Don’t always have that response in mind that you’re going to say back to them. Just listen to what they’re telling you.

Private message people. Don’t spam them and don’t bother them, but be interested in what they’ve said on their page and comment back and forth that way. There are so many groups that you can join, and the world is a big place but we’re all connected these days.

What are your non-negotiables?  The 5 listed above are tried and true methods that successful people use.  I truly believe that if you adhere to your non-negotiables day after day they WILL help you to grow your business.  You will be connecting with a higher vibration of thought and activity.  You will be putting something into action every day, and you will see results.

We’ll talk more about this, but those are the five basic ‘non-negotiables’ that I think are really, really important for anyone building a home-based business.