This post was created with my two young kids in mind. Reece is 12 and Tatum is 6. I hope they can learn each of these 11 habits and do them daily. I only wish I learned them when I was their age.
1. Find Excitement!
Find something you can do everyday that excites you that will allow you to earn money. It doesn’t have to be gig money. Small amounts built up over time will turn into much bigger amounts. This will help you discover what you like to do and also teach you different ways to make money. Both of these are great things to learn especially at a young age.
2. Limit Drama
You don’t need it. Not from your friends, not from your family, not from anyone. However, it will come your way. Try to avoid those that make your life difficult. If the person or people that make your life difficult is someone you care about (like a family member) try to have a conversation with them. Explain what they are doing that makes you not want to be around them. It’s not easy but that one uneasy conversation could save you hours and days of massive uneasiness.
Get in the habit of exercising daily. You have a spare half hour to do it. Block out the time and never allow anything to get in the way. If you cannot find a half hour then do what you can do. 100 push ups, 100 jump ropes, a 2 minute plank. Anything, just do something. Never miss a Monday. Always start the week off with a workout. Never go more than 2 days without exercising. Things will pop up and you will miss a day or two. Don’t miss that third day though.
Read 10 pages of a good personal development book every day. You can read fiction as well but you should try to read at least 10 minutes or 10 pages of a personal development book as well. This will give you good ideas on how to become successful. It will also allow you to put yourself in company with uplifting and inspiring people through their books.
This is big. Communication with your friends, family, co-workers or classmates is absolutely vital. We need to hear from each other fairly often in order to maintain good relationships. People start to think that there is a problem if they don’t hear from you for a while. Communication is especially important when there are issues. It is NEVER better to sit and wait to have a difficult conversation. You must have difficult conversations as quickly as possible. Nothing is to gain by waiting.
Love every day. Love your sister, love your mother, love your father, love your friends, love your friend’s mother. I’m not talking kisses and hugs (although if appropriate, feel free) but show compassion, empathy, care, interest, respect. Remember the Golden Rule, treat others as you would want to be treated yourself. Always be kind.
7. Feel and express Gratitude
It’s great to be grateful. But it’s even better to show and express gratitude. And it’s the best when you can be grateful, show and express gratitude and record your gratitude. Start a gratitude journal by writing down 3 things you are grateful for every day. Do it before bed. You’ll be amazed at how much better life is when you are seeking things to be grateful for.
8. Enjoy things that don’t cost money.
Take a walk in the park or in the woods. Take advantage of opportunities to catch the sun rise or set over the ocean. Play basketball with your friends or horseshoes with your dad. Read books, watch a movie on the sofa, go for a jog. There are a ton of free things you can do with your family and friends that will bring you joy and memories for years to come.
9. Learn something new every day.
Every night before bed ask yourself, what is something I learned today? We have the entire world in front of us with so much to learn. Explore your interests, you can’t possibly ever learn everything about anything. The more interests you have the better. Keep learning. And then teach what you have learned. Even if it’s just 1 small thing every day. There are others who have the same interests as you who want to learn what you know. Learn and teach. Everyday.
10. Write every day.
This goes along with the last one. By learning something new every day you can teach others what you know by writing. Start a blog and write a short post every day about what you learned. You can also start a journal that will help you record your thoughts. You will have so many memories in your life. A journal will help you remember exactly what you did and who you did it with. Writing will also help you get your thoughts clear. It will help you define your goals. It will help you understand what you like and what you don’t like. Writing will help you become closer to yourself. And that is always a good thing.
11. Love yourself.
There will be a lot of times when you will feel all alone in this world. No matter what, you must love yourself. Always be there for yourself. Never talk down to yourself. No matter what, you have you. You can’t live forever like that, alone. But knowing you are there for yourself will help you get through many tough times.