Did you know that a few, small habits repeated on a daily basis can bring extraordinary results over a long period of time? In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say that you’re just a few habits away from high levels of success, happiness, and fulfillment.
In this article, I’m going to give you 5 powerful daily habits that will take a mere 5 minutes each day. They may not take a lot of time, but they yield a lot of incredible results after a while.
You may be thinking, “If it were that easy, everybody would do it.” Well, that’s the thing. Yes, these habits are easy to do. The problem is that, because their impact isn’t immediately visible, they’re also very easy not to do.
However, if you stay consistent with these habits, you’ll begin to notice real changes in your life. So, are you ready? Great! Let’s get started.
5 Powerful Habits That Will Change Your Life in Just 5 Minutes A Day
1. Setting Daily Goals
How long does it take to set goals every day? 5 to 10 minutes, right? But are you doing them? Probably not.
Now, imagine what would happen if you were to take 5 minutes to set daily goals for yourself. How much more do you think you would be able to accomplish over a 5, 10, or 20-year period?
You can take a mere 5 minutes each morning to write down the three main tasks you want to accomplish that day, then just a few seconds to visualize yourself accomplishing these tasks. That’s it!
2. Reviewing Your Goals Each Day
Do you take a few minutes everyday to read your weekly, monthly, and yearly goals? Doing so can benefit you in a variety of ways.
If you want to achieve goals, it’s advisable to focus on them as often as possible. It’s a pretty important step in the process. When you aren’t thinking of them, it’s best to have them in the back of your mind. You want your subconscious mind to do some of the work for you.
By reading your goals out loud every day, you’re increasing the odds of achieving them. Better still, you enhance your ability to focus on all frontiers.
Setting goals is often the first step in accomplishing them. Have you made yourself a list of goals? If not, that’s where you should start.
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
– Zig Ziglar
3. Practicing Gratitude
Are you genuinely grateful for everything you have? Do you realize how blessed you are? The fact that you’re reading this article right now means that you probably have food, shelter, and access to the internet. If you’ve got these three things, then you already have a lot more than many other people on this planet!
Most of us know perfectly well we should be grateful for these things, but we just aren’t. The human mind is as amazing as it is complex, but, like anything else, it has its flaws. Unfortunately, it’s wired in a way that gives us the tendency to take things for granted once we grow accustomed to them. That’s why being grateful is something that takes practice.
You have to take the time every day to remind yourself how blessed you are. That said, it’s not enough to simply tell yourself how grateful you should be, you must also tap into the power of gratitude. Otherwise, you’ll end up like the average Joe who complains about everything without really understanding how amazing life is.
If we want to experience things beyond that which is automatic and reflexive, it’s important to cultivate your emotions. You can do this just by taking a few minutes of your day to think about what you have to be thankful for. Dedicating a small amount of time to appreciating what you have is enough to help you tap into the power of gratitude.
4. Priming your Mind at the Beginning of the Day
Do you feel awful when you wake up first thing in the morning? If so, you’re not alone.
Most of us wake up in the morning without trying to set a clear intention for the day. Rather than proactively working towards creating the results we want, we operate in a reactive way. We complain about the weather, we absorb all the negativity of the world (it’s pretty easy to do if you watch the news every morning!), and we go to our jobs feeling depressed and demoralized.
Wouldn’t it be better to set your intentions for the day and put yourself in a great mood as soon as you wake up?
As mentioned before, setting goals for the day is a great way to set intention. However, you can also try the following:
- Ask yourself powerful questions.
You can ask yourself what you’re happy about, grateful for, or excited about in your life, or what outcome you’d like for the day.
- Repeat affirmations.
You can repeat affirmations around areas of your life you want to improve. Maybe you want to focus on self-confidence. Or perhaps you’d like to improve your relationship with money and create more wealth.
You can even select create daily or weekly themes. If, for example, you choose to focus on gratitude, you might spend your breaks during the appointed day or week asking what you’re thankful for. You could even write the question on a piece of paper that you look at whenever you get the chance.
- Consume inspirational material (books, videos, etc).
Instead of watching the news first thing in the morning, you can read an inspirational book or watch some motivational videos on YouTube. In the words of Zig Ziglar, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
Just 5 minutes of meditation per day is enough to increase your levels of fulfillment if you stick to it. As always, consistency is crucial. After all, meditating is just as easy as not meditating.
So, which habit are you going to start implementing today? I’d love to hear your story months or years from now and see how much it impacted your life. Keep working on your daily goals, and do everything you can to achieve the greatness that you want to become. Only then will you truly appreciate yourself, and your own life.