Positive Daily Habits

5 Strategies for Cultivating Positive Daily Habits

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Changing your mindset to develop daily habits is the first step to ensure you have a satisfying and happy life. People think you should be overly busy to be successful, but nothing is further from the truth.

Develop daily habits that are based on your goals and will lead you to success. When you create habits that are related to your goals, you will take actions that are based on your needs and values. Over time, these habits will result in success.

To develop a growth mindset instead of a closed mindset, focus on gratitude. You will also need to do the following: develop emotional control, create a positive, growth mindset, and take small steps toward your goals as you educate yourself and learn new ways of doing things.

Trade Expectations for Gratitude

If you spend too much time dreaming about what might happen without basing it on actions or reality, you will always be disappointed. Instead, as you make progress and reach your goals, look for the things that make you feel grateful and appreciative.

  • Disregard Others’ Expectations – You probably think that expectations are important, but the truth is expectations alone don’t motivate you to act. People take action toward a goal because they are driven to succeed. Share your hopes and dreams with others but never expect them to take action because you expect it of them. Instead, set boundaries for yourself and follow through with your plan. It’s what you think and expect of yourself that matters most.
  • Stop Expecting Specific Outcomes – Cultivate compassion for yourself and others by letting go of perfection, while focusing on the activities you’re doing. For example, the act of working toward a goal is fulfilling and enlightening enough to make you feel good about yourself and everything you accomplished.
  • Let Go of Unrealistic Expectations of Yourself – Don’t tie your achievements to your self-worth. Don’t set goals that you simply will not achieve no matter what you do. Instead, set SMART goals and take the actions necessary to ensure the goal is attainable and something you desire.

Note the good parts of situations, instead of focusing on what went wrong or what you thought it would be. Even when you don’t get the results you hoped for, it can be a fabulous experience that teaches you lessons, which help you and others throughout your lifetime.

Convert Emotional Weaknesses into Emotional Control

Know who you are. Be fully aware of your surroundings and yourself no matter what is happening to you. This is a skill that you can develop. In addition, controlling your emotions is one of the ways you can be more assertive in life. It’s not that you can’t have feelings. But you don’t have to act on them right away. Instead, acknowledge your feelings and choose not to act on them immediately. 

  • Stop Worrying About Things You Cannot Control – Figure out what you can control. You can’t control someone else’s actions, thoughts, and feelings. You need to let go of these things. Instead, find out what you can control in your life and stick to that.
  • Think Things Through Before You React – You don’t have to respond to most things immediately. It’s perfectly acceptable to compose yourself and gain control of your emotions. When you can speak calmly and respectfully, you can respond in a way that gets the results you want, instead of causing more problems for yourself. To achieve this, set boundaries by telling others that you will need time to consider what to do about the situation. Then set a time when you’ll get back to them if needed. You can react firmly and strongly later if you need to. It doesn’t have to happen now to be effective.
  • Take Responsibility for Your Actions/Reactions – You always can control your actions and reactions. Take responsibility for what you can control. For example, if you’re angry, you can let someone know you are angry and you need time to gather your thoughts before responding further. This way, you can think about what you’ll say or do if anything. This is how you can be proactive versus reactive. Being proactive will almost always achieve the best results.
  • Recognize That You Have the Power to Make Changes – When it comes to making changes, you are the only one with the ability to change it. No one can make changes for you. You may start with a particular set of skills, advantages or even disadvantages but you can change them. You can become healthier. You can change careers. You can change how you react in relationships. It’s all up to you, but you must accept your limits when it comes to what you control.
  • Don’t let doubt hold you back – Everyone has doubts. Sometimes doubts are a sign that you need to do more research. Other times it is because you’re doing something that does not align with your core values. When your actions aren’t compatible with your values, it may feel odd. For example, imposter syndrome is an illness that involves people who have chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence despite their successes.

Once you understand that you are in control of your reaction, you also control your feelings, and you don’t need to react immediately. Try new things and hang out with new people offering new perspectives about yourself and the world. Take the time to write down how you feel and how those feelings affected your response one way or another. As you experience taking a breath before reacting, you’ll find that your actions are more impactful.

Transform Negative Thinking into Positive Thinking

Everyone has times when their mind fixates on the negative parts of a situation. Some people seem to be naturally positive or negative. However, the truth is, many things affect mindsets, such as emotions like fear, as well as genetics, upbringing, habits, and past experiences.

If you want to stop thinking negatively, you can. You can prevent negative thinking regardless of your general makeup, even if you think you’re naturally a negative person because your parents or other family members are negative. Still, it will take a little effort on your part.

  • Negative Self-Talk – If you have internal negative feedback in your mind, you must quiet it. It can take some time, but one way to accomplish this is to notice the thought right away, acknowledge it, and then switch it to view the situation positively or at the very least neutrally. If you think something like, “I’m so ugly.” Instead, think about what is good about your body and what you appreciate. How you look has no effect on your value as a person.
  • Predicting Negative Outcomes Instead of Considering Positives – Whether you’re generally positive or negative, you’ve likely heard yourself say or think, “That will never work” or other negative comments about something. When you find yourself projecting negativity on something that has not happened yet, start thinking of the positive possibilities instead-but refrain from allowing them to become expectations.
  • Passing Judgment On Yourself & Others – It may sound trite, but the more you lead with love and compassion, the better off you’ll be. After all, there is so much you have no control over. Don’t waste time filling your mind with unactionable information.

Whenever something happens that feels like a roadblock, instead of looking at it as a negative thing, see it as a challenge to overcome and use it positively to formulate a plan to get through it successfully.

Swap A Fixed Mindset for A Growth Mindset

A fixed mindset doesn’t support the idea that you can change qualities like intelligence, talent, and so forth. So, a person with that type of mindset doesn’t feel like it’s worthwhile to push themselves to learn or practice something new because they think you must be born with those skills and talents. 

  • Let Go Of Limiting Beliefs – Holding on to ideas and thoughts that aren’t true about yourself, or the world will hold you back in every way. Instead of allowing that to happen, constantly challenge your ideas and beliefs by proving yourself wrong or adding the word “yet.” For example, “I will never run a marathon, yet.” Then determine what comes after. The actions you can take are always the best things to consider over what you can’t.
  • Face Your Fears – Sometimes, fear can block your success. Fear is a byproduct of a fixed mindset, which says changing is impossible. But the truth is if you work to overcome or work around roadblocking-fear and take studied steps toward achieving your goals, your fear will lessen, and your abilities will expand.
  • Learn Lessons and Apply What You Learn – As you expand your knowledge about your dreams and goals, start using your life lessons. Learning something isn’t enough. You must practice and share the lesson with others. You really can’t say you’ve learned something if you don’t put it into practice for all to see.
  • Step Out of Your Comfort Zone – Thankfully, the best part about a comfort zone is that it can be expanded simply by challenging yourself and by making each goal slightly more challenging than the last. But remember, stepping out of your comfort zone does not mean that you must do something you dislike doing. This is only about doing the things you want and need to do so that you can build a wonderful life for yourself.

Once you understand that your actions affect your life in significant ways, you will be much more likely to support growth. First, note your strong points. Then enhance them to be even better. However, don’t ignore your weaker points because you may be able to improve, automate, outsource, or strengthen those things. You can always multiple things to get the result you want. Just choose actions that match your core value system and are related to your goals.

Recognize That Small Steps Are the Best Method

It’s so easy to get overwhelmed when you look at a complex goal. However, the truth is you just need to focus only on the task you need to do now. Taking small steps and focusing on the immediate task is a better way to ensure that you succeed. Remember, a thousand-mile journey begins with a single step.

  • It’s Not an All or Nothing – No matter what you are doing, there is no such thing as all or nothing. Thinking in absolute terms is very limiting because it affects your motivation. Imagine if you wrote five hundred words a day, you’d finish your novel in a year. A year passes and you discover that you wrote five hundred words a day 80 percent of the time, but you aren’t done because you want to add more. Does this mean you failed? No way! You are a success. 
  • There Are Gray Areas – Nothing is black and white; in fact, most things are a mixture of gray. Most human interaction happens within those gray areas. People who want to oppress others are extremely interested in dividing ideas into right or wrong, or black or white. However, most matters do not have obvious answers, and people can usually meet in the middle and compromise if they’re willing.
  • Physically & Mentally Take It One Step At A Time – As you plan your life and your days, remember because you are only one person with limited time and resources, you can’t do everything. When you get the truth that you’re only capable of taking one step at a time, no matter what, you’ll stop trying to do everything. Therefore, finding out what steps are required to design the actions you take based on the impact you want to make is necessary.

Tackling any life goal begins with the first step. That step may be to figure out who you are and what you want to achieve. After that, only you know where you are in the process. Because of that, it is essential to establish where you are in your approach and start at the beginning of it. But remember, you need to take the first steps regularly.

The truth is that when you change your mindset, you will create habits that automatically lead you to achieve your goals. In addition, changing your mindset will enable you to understand what people, things, and situations you control. Knowing what you control will help you avoid wasting your time. Once you know that information, you’ll have a better idea of how you want your efforts to impact your goals.

Due to developing a new mindset, you are more motivated to take action and steps toward reaching your goals. As you increase the number of steps you take, the closer you will get to taking daily actions. You will be so much more successful when you change to a growth mindset. You will also be more motivated to achieve your goals when you celebrate your progress and achievements.

Final Thoughts

As you embrace these strategies, witness your life blossom into a canvas of positivity. Each habit is a brushstroke, painting a masterpiece of resilience, joy, and success. Keep cultivating, keep thriving—your journey to a positively transformed life has just begun. Here’s to the artistry of your daily habits and the masterpiece that is you!


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Ricardo is the quintessential Real Estate Junkie, Entrepreneur and Blogger, with over 30 years of customer service experience. The bold & visionary founder of Funntripps.com and RicardoNewbold.com, he teaches busy entrepreneurs and bloggers how to successfully build and grow their business whilst having fun and living the maximized life. He enjoys spending time with his family, multi-family real estate investing and surprise get-a-way trips with his wife.

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