There’s only one person that can change your life.
But many of us don’t realize that.
Whenever we’re broken, we look outward, waiting for something else to clean up our shattered pieces. Maybe it’s a person. Maybe it’s a physical item, subscription or YouTube video.
Because we don’t want to put the work in. We hate coming to grips with our own shortcomings. So we sit back and pray that an outside force will swoop in and fix everything.
It doesn’t work that way.
To change your life, you have to change who you are. No one else can do it for you.
And the biggest thing you can do right now to unlock your potential, to find happiness and self-love once again, to get healthier, is to establish a routine.
And then follow it like a drill sergeant.
Routine isn’t tailor-made to inspirational quotes. It’s not appealing to Instagram. It’s not sexy.
It’s boring. Plain. Vanilla.
But it’s everything.
And you won’t find any “life hack” more effective than a good routine.
Of course, your routine structure is totally up to you. But to live your best life, your routine absolutely should include healthy habits like exercise, proper nutrition, playing outside and proper sleep.
Any routine you create for yourself should involve these elements. And if you struggle with implementing these practices into your life right now, a solid routine can help you figure it out.
That’s the best thing about routines. They’re routine. They become an extension of you. A non-negotiable part of who you are. Something that, after months of doing the same thing over and over again, you don’t even think about anymore.
And when you start doing the same things at the same time every day, your body starts to change with you.
If you begin to wake up, go to sleep, eat, and use the bathroom at the same time every day, your body will naturally adjust. It’s in our chemical hardwiring to find a sense of normalcy within our day.
And that’s why routines are so powerful.
Because when life throws you curveballs, routines are there to save you, to bring you much-needed peace during the chaos.
To get started, identify some healthy habits you would like to bring into your life. Sketch out a schedule for yourself based on your job and other obligations. Once you’ve done that, you can begin to implement the habits into your everyday life.
Studies say it takes 21 days to turn an action into a habit. After that window, these actions become just another aspect of your life, something you don’t even think about doing. Getting your workout in will become just as non-negotiable as brushing your teeth is.
There’s no “13 Steps to a Better You” blog post or “Eight Minutes That Will Change Your LIFE” video that will magically fix you.
Stop waiting for someone else to change your life.
You can take control of it. Now. Here. Today.
What are you waiting for?