Episode # 01: Start your day with the habits you need to be successful
by Samantha Leith | Nov 2, 2021 |
Hi, I’m Samantha Leith. And this is my show. Welcome to this month, which is all about the daily success formula. Now, it’s not math, it’s not rocket science. In fact, it’s pretty easy. It’s about you creating the things every day to make your life an extraordinary one, which what we all want. So come with me as we take a look behind the scenes at a few of the things I do to every single day to live my extraordinary life. There’ll be some tips and some tricks that you may want to add to your life straight away.
Make your bed
Every single day, I make my bed. In his book, Make Your Bed, literally, William H. McRaven talked about the importance of this one simple act. It really is the basis of which your daily success formula starts. It gives you a feeling of accomplishment, increases your productivity. Ironically, it reduces your stress level even if you’re worried about turning down on the corners perfectly. It stops you hitting that snooze button, going back to sleep, not getting in a good sleep cycle and feeling like crap. Your room is instantly going to feel better. So when you come home and go into your bedroom later that night you’ll feel better. You won’t be discouraged because there’s mess around the place. It’s also part of you developing really, really good habits and being respectful of your space, your own personal retreat, which is what your bedroom is. It’s your space.
Next up in my day is meditation. Now, I need guided meditation and I actually used to stay in bed to do this, using an app or music that I downloaded from somewhere to help me through the meditation. These days, I actually get up, make my bed and sit in a chair to do it, but I do still use the app. So why do I do it? It reduces stress, it helps keep anxiety at bay and any of those little niggly feelings that are coming up. It’s healthy for you, your mind, your body, everything. It’s scientifically proven to have these incredible benefits to you physically and mentally. It’ll enhance your self awareness. It’ll actually make you think more. Because even if you’re in a meditative state and you’ve got ping pong brain going around, there is still some cognition happening. You will still pick up things that you’ll be able to take further into your day. I do recommend though, go for an app. Get the help you need to start meditation and be kind to yourself with it because it can be a tricky habit to get into.
“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” Brian Tracy said that and you’ve probably heard it or something similar at some point. I say extraordinary people are those that choose extraordinary habits. So what exactly is a daily success formula? It can be whatever you want it to be. It’s unique to you. It’s what has you running like a Lamborghini rather than a rusty old tricycle. For all of us, that means incorporating things into your day that work for you; not for somebody else, not something you read about. It’s trial and error. And sometimes it can be the addition or subtraction of something blindingly bloody obvious. Now, this is really starting to sound like a mathematical equation, but don’t panic, it’s not actually that complicated. If we Google the habits of successful people around the world, you’ll get a list that looks a little like this. Successful people believe in themselves, they get up early, they work on their goals, they read a lot, exercise is a big priority, they sleep well, they take inspired action, they have really good boundaries, they’re grateful, and they take time to think.
There are many more, which I’ll cover over the next few weeks. But the thing is, if you actually did everything they said you “need to do” to be successful every day, you wouldn’t have much time left for work related tasks, relaxation, find the things that fill your cup. So I believe your daily success formula has to include those things. Building them into your day, make them a priority. This isn’t a perfect diary management system. I’ve tried them all, and as someone with ADHD, I haven’t really found one that suits me to a T. So I use a combination of things to make all of this happen, which I will share with you. I want to help you find your groove, find your formula. So we’re going through two or through my day. Maybe you’ll find inspiration. Hell, maybe you’ll think I’m a bit of a twit. And sometimes you might want to try something I did or you might want to ditch it. The magical part of finding your groove with your daily habits is it will improve your confidence.
It’s improved by the thoughts you have and the actions you take. Every time you honor a commitment to yourself, any time you see an improvement in an area of your life, when you meet a goal or a challenge you’ve set for yourself, and your formula will help you do that and so much more. William James, a famous Harvard psychologist and philosopher who in the 1800’s led some of the earliest investigations into habits said that the daily lives of humans and other living creatures can be defined as bundles of habits. The majority of our daily actions are actually just habits, whether you’re making dinner, talking to your spouse, brushing your teeth. Nearly half of these actions stem from a habit that we do blindly every day without thinking about it again and again. Habit is often described differently by psychologists and neurologists. However, Dictionary.com, if you want to have a Google, states that it’s an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it becomes almost involuntary. The most common definition of a habit is it’s an automatic behavioral response to an environmental cue or trigger.
And your life is a culmination of these habits; fitness, finances, careers, happiness, and some of your habits. Some of your formula will become habits you don’t need to think about. Other parts, like me, you may need a reminder on your phone.
Okay. Onto the macchiato part of my morning ends. My coffee. Do I need it? No. Some days I actually don’t have coffee, especially when I’m traveling, because it’s usually crappy coffee. But when I’m at home, I definitely have it. There are people that say it’s good for you. People that say it’s bad for you. I don’t care. It’s part of my ritual and I like it. But for those that say it is partly good for you, it can help you live longer, may up you process sugar a little bit better in your system, may help with your heart health and your mental health. Some say it’s even good for your liver, which given the champagne, could be a good thing. It has these benefits, especially if you’re doing something like a bullet-proof coffee to help you boost your day.
And for someone like me, who’s been diagnosed with a ADHD, there’s links to me having had caffeine in my life for so many years and needing that help with my mental dexterity. So if you like coffee, go for it. Just go for it.
Many successful people in the world talk about the importance of journaling. It took me a while to get into it, but now, my day is not the same without it. And it is another of my [inaudible 00:08:04] in my morning ends. Some of the benefits include reducing stress and anxiety, clearing your mind, connecting the dots between your common thoughts and patterns can help you achieve goals. And yes, it can help you improve your confidence. There are many methods to journaling, from free thought to dream journals, food, fitness, gratitude, morning pages, artistic, day’s reflection, bullet, a minute a day, you can even write a letter. But the purpose of journaling is to help take that stuff out of your mind. Your brain is not meant to be the house of everything.
We want to get it out, and putting it onto paper so you can focus on other things helps with that. I do really recommend writing with a pen and paper and have something nice to write in and make it ritualistic. Do it at the same time every single day, and take as much or as little time as you need. Find a process that works for you. And if you like, you can grab the download on the website that will help take you through my journaling process.
Exercise. Yes, the movement in my morning ends. Why do it? Because I enjoy it. I actually really like it. It helps me start my day well. And yes, I feel it when I don’t. As someone who was brought up believing that you only exercised to lose weight, it’s a new thing for me. And I feel it. Those endorphins running through your system are like a red bull for your veins.
Thank you so much for watching this week’s episode of the Samantha Leith Show. I really, really hope you’d get something out of it. Now for more information, head over to Samanthaleith.com/freebies. And there you’ll find any of the downloads that were mentioned in this episode. You can download them, fill them out and take action on creating your extraordinary life.
Songwriters: Anthony Newley / Leslie Bricusse
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Produced by Samantha Leith / Michael Allen
Vocals by Samantha Leith