Inescapable Truth #5 is to Develop Intentional Success Habits, and Inescapable truth #2 is to Take Stock Of Your Truth.
So take a look at the following and ask yourself how many of the following lifestyle-success habits do you agree would obviously be good for most, if not all of us?
- Daily exercise
- Healthy eating
- Limiting daily alcohol consumption to 1 or 2 standard drinks
- Not smoking
- Sleeping a minimum of 7 hours a night
- Annual dental check-up
- Annual check-up with your GP
- Spending less than we earn
- Saving and investing for the future
- Insuring ourselves (income protection, life insurance etc.)
- Giving to charity
- Nurturing our relationships
- Setting and pursuing goals
- Proactively learning new things
My guess is that you’d agree that it’s fairly obvious that most if not all of the above just make sense for us to do if we want to look after ourselves and live a ‘good life’.
The problem for many people however is that while it might be obvious that these things are good for us, paradoxically the choice of actually doing something about these things doesn’t always follow what’s obviously good for us to do.
This obvious-inertia paradox is often only broken when a critical incident occurs that has a significant impact or consequence that increases our reason or motivation to break free of the inertia and start to do more of what is obviously good for us.
Sadly, for some, when the critical incident occurs, it’s too late to start living a ‘good life’.
The Australian government has just announced their intention to increase the tax on cigarettes which will bring the cost per cigarette to approximately $1. Apparently, every time there is a tax increase the number of calls to the Quit Line increase substantially. So the consequence of the tax hike, for some people, is enough of a critical incident that causes them to be more motivated to give up the smokes.
But for some, it’s just not enough. The addictive habit is just too hard to break, despite the economic costs, and despite the obvious costs to their health, and the impact their continued smoking has on those they love and other areas of their life as well.
This post is not about the choice of smoking or not smoking cigarettes. It’s a reminder to take stock of your truth about the habits you have in your life and how your habits are contributing to you living a more happy, flourishing and prosperous life.
The list I provided is of course in no way complete. The scientific studies from the field of applied positive psychology continue to discover validation for a wide range of choices we can intentionally make that will help us live a more happy, flourishing and prosperous life including the importance of positive thinking, gratitude, practicing mindfulness, meditation, practicing mindful curiosity and pursuing experiences that provide more moments of being ‘in flow’ where we are using our strengths, gifts, and talent.
What we know from science is that potentially 50% of our overall sense of wellbeing is genetic and that 10% is situational and environmental. That means it is our intentional choices that make up 40% of our overall sense of wellbeing.
While it is easy to dismiss Lao-tzu’s wisdom of ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ the reality is, if we want to best manage the 40% of our overall possibility of increasing our sense of wellbeing and living a more happy, flourishing and prosperous life, taking stock of our truth and developing intentional success habits just makes sense… but so does giving up smoking.