People who genuinely want to do better in life often adopt these 8 habits to keep on track

Ever find yourself scrolling through Instagram, seeing all those #goals posts, and thinking, “Man, I wish I had that kind of motivation”?

Well, guess what? You’re not alone.

We all want to level up in life, but sometimes it feels like we’re stuck in first gear while everyone else is zooming past.

But here’s the thing: those people who seem to have it all together?

They’re not superhuman. They’ve just figured out a few tricks to keep them on the path to success. After some serious self-reflection (and maybe a few too many late-night YouTube binges), I’ve uncovered eight habits that seem to be their secret sauce.

So, if you’re ready to kick mediocrity to the curb and start living your best life, stick around. We’re about to crack the code together.

1) Embracing mindfulness

Are you aware that many highly accomplished individuals attribute their success to meditation?

Indeed, luminaries such as Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Jeff Bezos recognize meditation as an essential component of their path to achievement.

Mindfulness, a concept that I’ve studied extensively as an expert in Buddhism, is about fully engaging with the here and now. It’s not just about meditation or yoga; it’s a way of living.

When we’re present in each moment, we can better understand our thoughts and feelings without being overwhelmed by them. This self-awareness helps us make more thoughtful decisions, respond rather than react to situations, and ultimately leads to a more fulfilling life.

Mindfulness can be cultivated through consistent practice, like setting aside time each day for self-reflection or adopting mindful eating habits. It’s about creating space for ourselves amidst the chaos.

2) Building resilience

Life is full of highs and lows. No matter how much we plan, unexpected challenges will come our way. That’s why resilience is a key habit of growth seekers. 

As someone who’s faced my fair share of adversity, I can tell you that resilience isn’t about avoiding difficulties. It’s about learning how to navigate them, bounce back, and emerge stronger.

Boosting resilience in your day-to-day is all about taking a holistic approach to beefing up your mental and emotional well-being. 

First up, make self-care a non-negotiable part of your daily grind. Get moving with regular exercise, clock in those Z’s for enough shut-eye, and fuel up with nutritious food. 

Oh, and don’t go it alone! Lean on your crew when the going gets tough. Sharing the load with loved ones not only lightens the burden but also gives you fresh perspectives to tackle life’s curveballs.

Thus, keep those connections strong—they’re the superchargers for your resilience!

3) Practicing compassion

Compassion is the backbone of Buddhist teachings—a trait embraced by those committed to self-improvement.

Let’s face it: kindness isn’t always a walk in the park. In a world that often feels cold and unforgiving, extending compassion can feel like scaling Mount Everest.

But compassion, especially towards ourselves, is non-negotiable for personal growth.

Think about it: when we cut ourselves some slack and show ourselves the same kindness we’d show a friend, it totally shifts how we deal with our own struggles and setbacks.

Instead of beating ourselves up over mistakes, we can approach them with understanding and patience, giving ourselves room to learn and bounce back stronger. It’s our secret weapon against self-doubt and shame. 

In essence, compassion deepens our connections, builds community, and most importantly, it gives us the grace to pick ourselves up when we stumble on our journey to greatness.

4) Living intentionally

youre more mindful than you think People who genuinely want to do better in life often adopt these 8 habits to keep on track

In this fast-paced world, it’s so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of life and end up living on autopilot. But those who are hungry for growth know the importance of living intentionally.

Mindfulness is a key element of intentional living. It’s about making conscious decisions instead of just going with the flow. It’s about taking control of your actions, your thoughts, and, ultimately, your life.

Living intentionally means setting meaningful goals, prioritizing what truly matters, and aligning your actions with your values. But let’s get real here: it can be tough. It requires constant self-reflection and the courage to make hard choices.

But the payoff? It’s huge. Living intentionally can bring more joy, fulfillment, and purpose to your life. If you’re serious about bettering yourself, this is a habit you can’t afford to overlook.

5) Cultivating humility

Humility is a trait that doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. But in my experience, it’s one of the most powerful habits you can adopt if you’re pushing the envelope. 

Understanding and accepting our limitations, admitting when we’re wrong, and being open to learning from others – these are all signs of humility. And guess what? They’re also crucial for personal growth.

In my book, “Hidden Secrets of Buddhism: How To Live With Maximum Impact and Minimum Ego“, I delve deeper into this concept. Humility is not about thinking less of yourself; it’s about thinking of yourself less and focusing more on others.

It’s about acknowledging that we are all interconnected and that every person we meet can teach us something valuable. Cultivating humility can truly transform your life and keep you on track towards your goals.

6) Embracing impermanence

Nothing in life is permanent. This truth is a tough pill that self-improvers swallow like candy. 

Impermanence, a fundamental principle in Buddhism, teaches us that everything – our feelings, thoughts, and even our very existence – is transient. It’s a sobering concept, but it’s also incredibly liberating.

When we fully grasp the idea of impermanence, we learn to let go of our attachments. We stop fearing change and instead welcome it as an inevitable part of life. We learn to appreciate the present moment because we understand that it won’t last forever.

Embracing impermanence isn’t an easy habit to form. It requires us to confront some uncomfortable truths. But once you do, it can bring a profound sense of peace and acceptance that can guide you through life’s ups and downs.

7) Fostering gratitude

Life’s challenges can sometimes make us forget about the good things we have. But personal growth enthusiasts often adopt the habit of fostering gratitude.

Gratitude isn’t about ignoring life’s struggles. It’s about acknowledging the good amidst the bad. It’s a powerful way to enhance overall well-being and cultivate a positive mindset. 

If you’re not sure where to start, I strongly recommend keeping a gratitude journal. Take a few minutes each day to write down things you’re thankful for. This could include simple pleasures, moments of joy, or acts of kindness you’ve experienced.

In addition to that, make it a habit to thank people who have helped you or made a positive impact on your life. This could be through a heartfelt note, a generous tip, a phone call, or a simple thank-you message.

Helping others can also foster a sense of gratitude and perspective on your own blessings, so try to volunteer or pay it forward when you can.  Even during difficult times, there are often silver linings or lessons to be learned, so take time to reflect on these experiences and find gratitude for the growth they’ve brought.

8) Welcoming silence

In a world that’s constantly buzzing with noise, this might sound counterintuitive: embracing silence is a habit often adopted by those aiming for greater heights.

We’re so used to being surrounded by sounds, be it the chatter of people, the blaring of devices, or the hum of city life. But such constant noise can distract us from our thoughts and feelings.

Whether it’s through meditation or simply taking a quiet walk in nature, try to incorporate some silence into your daily routine.

Set aside time to sit quietly, observing your thoughts and sensations without reacting to them. Over time, you’ll develop greater comfort with silence and inner peace.

In conversations, focus on actively listening to others without feeling the need to fill every pause with words. Embrace moments of silence as opportunities for reflection and deeper connection with the speaker.

When silence feels uncomfortable, take a moment to explore why. Notice any underlying emotions or thoughts that arise and offer yourself compassion without judgment.  

Wholesome habits for wholesome life

In a nutshell, adopting these eight habits isn’t just about ticking off boxes for success—it’s about crafting a lifestyle that sets you up for continuous improvement.

So, as you go about your journey toward a brighter future, don’t forget to sprinkle these habits into your daily routine.  

If you’d like to delve deeper into the concept of self-improvement, I invite you to check out my book, “Hidden Secrets of Buddhism: How To Live With Maximum Impact and Minimum Ego“.

It’s an extensive manual delving into the core tenets of Buddhism and mindfulness, offering actionable advice on integrating them into your life for self-improvement.

Remember, the journey towards self-improvement is a marathon, not a sprint. Be patient with yourself and embrace each step of the journey. The destination is worth the effort.

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the editor of Ideapod and founder of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you to want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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