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Becoming a Highly Effective Person Challenge – Weeks 5 and 6

I was laying in bed last night and I cannot stop thinking about what it is that makes it so easy to adopt one habit while so hard to adopt another. The first habit, drinking a glass of water with Himalayan salt every morning, stuck like glue and rarely do I miss it and only if many unexpected things happen first thing in the morning. While the second habit, meditating for a few minutes a day is a daily struggle.

First I thought it might be the time commitment, but quickly dismissed it. Who doesn’t have 1-10 minutes a day to make their whole life better? We spend much more than that doing things that add no value to our lives like checking other people’s Facebook status, playing a game, watching TV, etc.

Then I thought maybe it is hard to do? But from my experience so far with meditation, it is very easy to do, in fact you cannot go wrong. There is no set time in the day no one specific way to do it, there is an unlimited number of ways.

I then thought maybe it is because it is not scheduled and therefore forgotten, but even when I put it in my schedule and have reminders there is a resistance.

I realized then that it is the ego’s way to keep us in stuck. The ego, that part of you who decides who you are based on the environment and others’ opinion, the part that so hard tries to suppress the real you is afraid you will break free and abandon it and so it is making it as hard as possible to adopt habits that are great for your true self in the long run.

And with this realization I got a new push to commit to meditation and I hope you will too.

So while we try to make that habit stick, the new habit for weeks 5 and 6 will be a simple one but a very powerful one. The habit of gratitude.

For the next two weeks, every morning when we wake up we will say thanks for at least 3 things. Real thanks, feeling how thankful we are for these items, people, events, etc. Because no matter how close or far away from your life goals you are, there are always at least three things to be grateful for.Your health, your family, your friends, the amazing world around us, the clean water you are drinking, the food you are eating, the job you enjoy, the roof over your head, the list is endless. It can be as little or as big as you like. You can say thanks in your head or write it down, experiment.

When you are grateful for what you already have, you will attract so much more to be grateful for and you will be so much happier once you realize how many amazing things you already have in your life. It will bring your focus to the now.

If you like this post, please leave a comment below. Share what you are grateful for. Or share it with a friend to remind them of all the things they can be grateful for.

Until next time, be happy.

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