Social media. Netflix. Drinking. Eating fast food. These are all aspects of our modern lives that are incredibly ‘normal’. If you think about your day, how much time do you spend on your phone scrolling social media or playing a random game to keep you busy?
Get into the habit of asking yourself, “Does this support the life I’m trying to create?”
This quote is crucial in our age where distraction, overly crowded schedules, and social obligations are normal. We get lost in going about life, getting through each day, choosing the easy option, without realizing that we are living a life very different from the one we are trying to create.
Social Media Vs Real Experiences
Every time we are bored, waiting in the supermarket, feel like we need a break, or are stuck in an awkward conversation, we pick up our phone and scroll through social media.
What if we used that time to be present and to live? What if you used each moment that you pick up your phone, bored, to scroll, to instead appreciate something you are grateful for or notice something new and fascinating around you?
Easy Options vs Good Health
Most of us have health goals. Whether it is to exercise more, reach a certain weight, increase muscle, heal a disease, or just get fit in general, it’s safe to say we all want to be healthier. No one envisions themselves to be unhealthy, overweight, and sick 10 years from now.
However, how many of us actually consider the impact of each decision we make in our lives?
Do you choose to grab takeout on your way home from work or do you choose to shop for and cook healthy meals at home?
Do you choose to snack on chips when you feel stressed or do you choose to take a quick walk to boost your mood and get in some extra steps?
Do you choose to stay up watching TV or go to bed on time so that you get a good night’s rest and can be energized the next day?
Quick Entertainment vs Personal Development
Learn a new language. Pick up a new skill. Improve your professional skills. With the internet, there is an abundance of information for us to choose and grow from. However, while we keep dreaming of all the skills we would love to have, whether it’s learning how to play the guitar or learning how to create an app, we end up using our free time to binge watch the latest TV shows or consume content on YouTube. What if you spent all that time learning something new? Where would you be in a few months or a year?
How often do you stop and wonder if what you are doing is actually helping you create the life you want? Visualize your highest self then show up as them. What do they do when they wake up? What food do they eat? What choices do they make? How do they dress, speak, and carry themselves?
The quality of your life depends on the quality of your habits. At least once a week, get into the habit of taking a quick inventory of your life, and ask yourself if your life is taking you where you want it to go.