It’s time for the monthly update on the April results of the 30 Day Success Habits Series. (A monthly column where I discuss the habits that I’m trying to develop for the next 30 days)
As I said in my introduction of the April success habit, my goal was to use a doorknob as a quick reminder to take a pause and think about whatever I’m thankful for at that very moment.
Also when evaluating the “success” of a habit I like to use what I call the C.E.E.P. formula. This helps me determine how I should treat the habit after the 30 day trial:
Continue- Do you need another 30 or 60 days to continue evaluating this habit?
Eliminate-Was the habit a failure? If so, it’s time to eliminate it.
Evolve– Could you take the habit one step further? Maybe it should evolve into another habit that stretches your comfort zone.
Permanent-Was the habit a success? If so, keep it on a permanent basis.
Well, since I only focused on one habit for this month, this will be a quick post…
Success Habit #1- Developing a Positive Mental Attitude
The idea behind this habit is simple. Whenever I approach a door, I pause for a few seconds and think about what I’m thankful at that very moment. The idea here is to help create a more positive attitude about life and remind myself about what really matters.
Overall I think this habit went pretty well. Sure, I got a few strange looks from my friends as I didn’t immediately walk through a door. However I learned a little trick where I hold the door open for the people with me and I use these few seconds to quickly think about what really matters in my life.
What are some of things I learned?
I learned that I’m thankful for the great people in my life. I’m thankful for having a great family who supports me. I’m thankful that I’m able to live life on my own terms. I’m thankful that I’m able to travel and visit the many places that I’ve dreamed of seeing. And I’m thankful that I’m simply alive and in relatively healthy condition.
Again, I know this sounds like a weird, hippy way of looking at things. But I think we often forget that most of us have it pretty good when it comes to life. By implementing this exercise, I was able to consistently recognize those moments where I should take pause and become more thankful about all that life has to offer.
The verdict? This habit will be continued. While I can’t make the promise that I’ll do this every time I walk through a doorway, I do like the idea of giving thanks to the people and things that mean the most.
Overall, this habit wasn’t particularly challenging. However, I do feel that it helped me become a more positive, thankful person. For May’s challenge, I’m going to do something that’ll really push my comfort zone. So stay tuned…Take Action. Get Results.