30 Days: Change Your Habits, Change Your Life – Marc Reklau
Change your habits, change your life” by Mark Reklau is a book about how our habits shape our lives and how we can change our habits to change our lives. The book starts off by talking about how our habits are formed and how they can be changed. It then goes into detail about how different types of habits can impact our lives. The book finishes with some practical tips on how to change our habits.
Perspective is everything
The optimist sees the donut; the pessimist sees the hole. There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. Put things into perspective! The closer you are to the problem and the more in front of it, the less you see. Step back and get a more global view of it. Sometimes, while driving, we focus so much on the rearview mirror that we forget to focus on the front windshield. Relate this to your life situation.
1. Why we form habits and how they can help or hurt us.
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2. How our environment and the people around us can influence our habits.
3. The importance of setting goals and planning for success.
4. The role of willpower in habit formation and change.
5. The importance of taking action and making mistakes.
6. The role of support and accountability in habit change. “A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.”
“Reframing” Experiences themselves are neutral until we start to give them meaning. What may be a great tragedy to you could be a wake-up call for me to take my life into my own hands and thrive. This is called “Reframing” to change the perspective that one has of an event. Take, for example: How do you feel if you say, ” I failed terribly in my last relationship? Now try saying, “I learned so much from my last relationship, I’m sure I will not make the same mistakes again!” Can you feel the difference?
What do you believe?
Each one of us sees the world through the lenses of our own beliefs. We don’t see the world how it is, but how we were conditioned to see it. Beliefs are like a self-fulfilling prophecies. Your beliefs influence your emotions, your emotions influence your actions and your actions influence your RESULTS. I want you to realize that life doesn’t just happen to you! It’s a reflection of your beliefs, thoughts, and expectations.