Most people simply survive in a world others have created for them.
What you consume on a daily basis basically determines the environment you live in.
The foods you eat, the information you consume (listening and watching), the people you are surrounded by and even how you balance your energy level during the day.
Environment design is key in helping us optimally engage with the world. It also sets us up to better handle challenges that may come our way.
Here are 3 ways to Develop Life Enhancing Habits:
1.) Information Audit.
We are currently living in the information era. The access to information and knowledge has become so abundant that you can literally receive ivy league education from your phone, for free (check out iTunes U). With that also comes information that we don't need. Those that take our focus away from the important things in life. News that we have absolutely no control over, yet causes us to stress out daily.
Be proactive in the way you receive information.
Is your social media full of negative sallys complaining of the world we live in and how we are doomed forever?
Does consuming the news make you aggravated and stressed out?
Do you find yourself joining conversations that leave you drained afterwards?
Be the designer of your world and not merely the consumer of it. Take charge.
2.) Biochemically Enhance.
Following up on the first point, taking action on a daily basis is key.
Biochemistry is the branch of science concerned with the chemical and physicochemical processes and substances that occur within living organisms.
Why is this important? Well, we have a lot more control over temporary changes in our biochemistry than we think.
When you drink alcohol, you temporarily change your biochemistry.
When you get into an argument, you change your biochemistry.
It also changes when you:
- Consume a healthy meal
- When you have sex
- When you exercise
- When you share a laugh
- When you read
You get the point. And this is happening all day. If we are not careful of maintaining a healthy ratio of activities that produce healthy hormones, we basically lose control of our bodies.
I am sure every one of us have experienced this, especially in 2020!
Add more biochemically enhancing activities in your life. Make sure the ratio makes sense. Add gratitude moments, exercise, music, nutritious foods, and even plenty of sleep.
3.) Exposure to the right cues.
The important thing is altering the spaces you live in to increasing exposure to positive cues and reducing your exposure to negative ones. If healthier eating is one of your goals, then you may want to consider keeping the chips and sweets out of the house.
If you would like to exercise more, then putting in on the calendar and treating it like a very important meeting will help you stay on track.
Also helps to join a group of people that makes exercise a top priority in their life.
You don't have to rely on the world to dictate the life you should be living. Even if it's really stressful right now, we can take small steps toward designing a life of purpose, joy and significance.
Become the architect of your life.