4 Powerful Habits of Mind That Anyone Can Learn 170

powerful habits of mind

Developing the right habits of mind is where we need to start, before we move onto setting and achieving big life goals.

Change is a powerful process. But it only works if you give it enough time and let your mind get used to it without feeling overwhelmed.That’s why it happens on a mental level first, before we see any actual outcome in real life.

Habits are the things we repeatedly do that let us transform our behavior and who we are in the long-term. They let us build willpower in the process, and move gradually from old patterns to new, successful ones.

But too many people start big and rush into changing things like the time they wake up, what they eat, what they do daily, etc.
They do it at once, without any mental or physical preparation. And soon fail.

That’s because there’s a certain set of steps we need to follow if we truly want to build better habits. But most of all, we need to pay attention to our mind first and make it stronger and adaptive to change.

And, in fact, that’s easy. It too is a matter of choosing the right habits and sticking to them. It’s just that everything happens in your head. So others have nothing to do with it and no outer factors will have any influence on your mindset change if you’re serious about this.

By the way, you may find my book on mental habits useful. It covers 10 such behaviors.

But if you just want to take action mentally right away, here I’ve summarized four of them. They are easy but quite powerful if turned into a habit.

1. Always keeping your why in mind.

First, comes the importance of having a direction in life. That’s your purpose, the reason you wake up every morning and what will give meaning to your days.

It’s also what will make you happy and without regrets over time. But for now, you just need to figure it out and always keep it in mind.

Know that there’s a why behind everything we do, no matter how mundane.

And if our why isn’t defined by us and strong enough, it will be something ordinary. Then, it’s no wonder that we’re living an average life.

To find it, see what moves you, what you’re passionate about, what you can talk about for hours without getting bored, or what you can do for the whole day without feeling exhausted.

It doesn’t need to be a hobby. It can be something that’s not so visible. Like your love for teaching people, or for books, or for meeting new people.

All that must be analyzed as it’s obviously what you love doing the most. And then, be sure that with today’s opportunities there’s a way to make it a permanent part of your life and turn it into your career.

But even if that doesn’t happen, you’ll have defined yourself more clearly, will make sure your life goals and daily actions resonate with that why, and will take decisions more confidently having it in mind.

2. Learning how to focus.

The benefits of finding focus in daily life go beyond just doing productive work.

First, make sure you’re aware of all the distractions around us and how they are preventing us from getting things done. But what’s worse is that they are also leading us astray from our goals and dreams if we let them.

So we need to stay focused.

A goal can only be achieved if we keep our mind concentrated on it long enough and don’t let other people and outer factors get in the way.

Focus is the ability to choose to pay your undivided attention to just one thing, while many others will be fighting for that attention.

But here comes the moment to realize how precious our limited time is. And that we need to be selective.
So do only what’s essential. There’s no point and time for anything else.

3. Being present.

In this chapter of the book on the mind habits that lead us to success, I talk about letting go – leaving behind any thoughts connected to the past and future – and experiencing the present moment instead.

This moment is all we have control over. It’s where life happens and the only place we can do something about our future.

It’s also a great additional habit to focusing. They go together and form a state close to meditation, or when someone’s in the zone, when we feel super inspired and are more concentrated and productive than ever.

Only when we’re present and have ignored distractions, can we work on an important project, communicate with a person on a deeper level, breathe, work out, write, read, etc. Because then we’ll be one with the activity and thus be able to make the most of it.

Just imagine making this your lifestyle by doing it daily. It can be your approach to anything.

4. Forgiving.

Forgiveness too happens on the inside. And must be turned into a habit if you want to make sure your life is peaceful and contented.

When I say forgiveness, I mean forgiving any other human being that’s done anything to you, forgiving life for the times it didn’t answer your expectations, and – most importantly – forgiving yourself for all your mistakes and the things you didn’t do but wish you had done.

If forgiveness becomes our habit, we’ll live simply, freely and happily.

There won’t be any burden from past relationships or unpleasant moments to carry with us, no blame as we’ll know life and other people aren’t responsible for what happens to us, and no regrets and disappointment as we’ll just accept ourselves for who we are.

Think about these four powerful habits of mind, make sure you understand their purpose and why they are good for you. Then make a plan on how to build them gradually. And take the very first step today.

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5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home 18

5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home

A smart home was something we could only see in sci-fi movies just a few years ago. Today, smart technology is becoming more available in terms of prices and offers. Therefore, it’s not so surprising that many homeowners are choosing to introduce technology into their homes and make their lives more convenient, safe, cost-efficient and fun.

In fact, a recent report predicted that a global smart home platform revenue will increase from $4.2 billion (2017) to $39.5 billion (2026).

There is no doubt that the concept of a smart home will revolutionize our interaction with our interior, and impact various other aspects, such as the potential resale value of our properties. Knowing all this, it seems wise to start thinking about the ways to incorporate new technology into your home, today. Here are our top five.

Be smart – save energy

If there are two trends that have marked the previous year when it comes to home design, those are energy-efficiency and new technologies.

So, why not combine them and make smart technology work for you and help you save money on your electricity and heating bills? Your first step towards doing that is installing smart lighting. This change will enable you to remotely manage all the light bulbs in your home by using an app, so you won’t have to wonder whether you left your lights on ever again. The best way to use this technology is to pair it with LED bulbs and thus maximize your savings.

Another popular upgrade that helps you save money and automate your home is a smart thermostat. This device connects to your home Wi-Fi and allows you to set the desired temperature no matter where you are. Some models can even remember your habits and adjust the temperature accordingly.

An important safety upgrade

The times we are living in may be new and exciting, but they are still dangerous. That’s why you should do everything you can to make sure that your household is protected both from the unwanted guest as well as various hazards.

Smart home security takes care of that by offering state-of-the-art locks, high-resolution cameras, smoke detectors and motion-triggered alarms. Compared to the traditional security systems, smart security systems will not only alert everybody with a loud alarm but can also send an alert to your phone in case of emergency.

Comfort and convenience with smart furniture

Smart furniture is not being discussed enough, and we’re here to change that. It is set to completely change the way we live our lives.

Let’s start with a smart table or side table. These pieces can feature LED lights, Bluetooth speakers and wireless phone chargers.

The innovative smart sofas offer similar perks but with more coziness. Besides LED lights and speakers, they provide you with a convenient place to charge your phone, allowing you to have everything you need at your fingertips.

Other innovative pieces include color-changing wardrobes and TVs that can be “masked” into artwork, when turned off.

Make everything work together – smart hubs

You might find it difficult to control all your smart gadgets individually. A smart hub allows you to create a centralized system where all your devices are connected to the cloud, and you don’t need more than one app to manage all of them.

Additionally, smart hubs enable you to automate your devices. For example, this would mean that as soon as you unlock the door (using a smart lock, of course), the light in your entryway will be turned on and the thermostat will set the optimal temperature.

The only problem with smart hubs is that this new technology is still in its infancy, and there are too many manufacturers who do not collaborate. This makes pairing up devices from different manufacturers into one hub impossible. Until that changes, to avoid any problems, you should buy the products from the same brand.

A helping hand voice

If you are among those people who remember the Halloween special episode of the Simpsons on the mention of a smart home assistant, don’t be afraid. The assistants of the real world are nothing like Ultrahouse 3000 voiced by Pierce Brosnan. In fact, this technology can make your life a lot easier by helping you make the home automation run smoothly.

Just like Cortana and Siri are improving the smartphone user experience, smart home assistants will make your life easier.

They can be set to react to voice commands, which allows you to control various smart home features without having to use any app. Also, if you have a camera above your entrance and a smart lock, your assistant can unlock the door when they recognize your face.

It’s an exciting time to be alive, and we are sure that there are plenty other surprising smart home innovations on the horizon. Until then, try out these five, and see for yourself how they can change your life.

About The Author

Emma is a writer and a home décor enthusiast. She believes that good design can be found at the intersection between beautiful and functional. Her inspiration comes from traveling and exposing herself to new experiences.

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