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A Simple Shift to Change Your Life

October '13

What kind of life do your habits create for you? Before you answer this question, here’s a dictionary definition of habit, plus a description of ‘smiley’ and ‘stinky’ habits. Webster defines habit as, “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.” ‘Smiley’ habits increase the quality of your life, while ‘stinky’ habits slowly erode your daily happiness. In examining your life habits, would you say you have more ‘smiley’ or ‘stinky’ ones?

Here’s an example to help start your assessment.
Simply answer yes or no to the following statement:
I get 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

(yes=’smiley’ habit; no=’stinky’ habit)

If yes was your response, you’ve developed a ‘smiley’ habit, because a good night’s sleep directly affects the quality of your waking life. A restful night of 7-9 hours helps guarantee a productive day with an alert mind and emotional balance, along with enhanced creativity and physical vitality. I chose this particular example, because probably no other habit delivers so many benefits as a regular good night’s sleep.

If no was your response, you own a ‘stinky’ habit, because shorter hours in the land of nod every night bring unwanted consequences. Losing even one less hour of sleep than you naturally need affects your ability to think properly and respond quickly the next day. In the long term, this lost hour negatively impacts your cardiovascular health, and ability to fight infections.

 So as you examine the different aspects of your life like: health, physical surroundings, friends and family, primary relationship. money, personal development, fun and relaxation, what kinds of habits have you developed? Hopefully, you note more ‘smiley’ than ‘stinky’ ones. Regardless of what you discover in your evaluation, you can improve your life starting today with one simple step.

 Just begin by selecting one ‘stinky’ habit and determine how to shift it. Start small. For example, if you’re short on sleep, you could head for bed 15 minutes earlier than usual tonight. If you continue to make this one simple change every night and do nothing else, in a few weeks, you will become more alert during the day. And who knows that alertness may make you more productive, which may bring other gains. At the very least you’ll feel better.

So what ‘stinky’ habit will you choose to shift by replacing it with a ‘smiley’ one? As usual, I’d love to hear about your experience.

Meanwhile, Happy Halloween!










  1. Helga Matzko said on October 31, 2013:

    Truer words have never been spoken, Bonnie. Thanks for validating my struggles with a stinky one i.e. re-directing my never-ending work schedule to a six-hour day. Du-able? How about if I let you know in a couple of weeks? Accountability can be very supportive.

    Happy Halloween, Bonnie

  2. Bonnie said on November 1, 2013:

    Hi Helga!
    By all means contact me in a couple of weeks!
    Meanwhile, I wish you smooth sailing in shrinking that work schedule.

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