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Tony’s Top 3 Habits of 2017

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(Our Habits Challenge meeting is this Sunday at Noon, Challenge begins Monday)

I wanted to share my top 3 habits of 2017 that I will continue to do this year. They are simple things that anyone can do. I even surprised myself that I was able to keep them going all year long. 

  1. Have a (healthy) go-to breakfast routine every day.

Every morning I have the exact same protein shake that I put together with 5 different ingredients, chocolate almond/cashew milk, greens powder, maca powder, collagen protein, chocolate bone broth protein, and XCT oil (Bulletproof brand). It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s not. It’s mindless. I know what’s going into it and can easily concoct it at 4, 5, or 6 in the morning without thinking. Knock on wood, but I haven’t been sick since I started routinely making this drink every morning. I also feel like I recover better from our tough CrossFit workouts with this shake in my life.

Pro tip: The more meals you can turn into habits (as long as they are healthy) the better. Thinking too much about your next meal leads to bad decisions. My wife Shannon is the same way, eggs, sausage, coffee, every morning.

  1. Take 5 minutes to read or watch something inspiring every morning.

Each day I read a page out of the book, “The Daily Stoic”.  It’s a book that is meant to be read a page per day, and primes your mind to take on the day in a positive way. This book has definitely helped me find the right mindset as I enter my gym looking to help others get better. Generally speaking, studying stoicism will make you a better person. I don’t let things bother me like I use to, and live every day full of gratitude, no matter what happens. I started the book over in 2018 and now also write in “The Daily Stoic Journal” as a part of that habit. Throughout 2017 and to this day I keep a second journal solely for the special things my kids do that I want to remember. Without the first habit of reading for 5 minutes, I would never be able to keep up with my family journal.

Pro tip: Look for those simple habits that can have additional habits layered on. The additional habits may not happen every single day and that’s ok. Your habit should also leave you feeling good. Habits won’t stick if your first thought after them is “Ugh that sucked.” (Do you have a habit of saying that after your workouts?)

  1. Read before bed.

I know some people will say reading stimulates them too much before bed, and I often read books that give me a ton of ideas for my business and life, but I’ve found that concentrated stimulation into one book is a lot better than my mind running in 20 different directions before bed. I fall asleep faster after 20 minutes of reading then if I just told my mind to go the f*** to sleep. Starting and ending each day with a book, which could be as little as 15 minutes total, has helped me tremendously. I think about the alternatives of watching the news, checking facebook and/or email, and believe this is a much healthier habit for my mind.

Pro tip: I strongly believe, or have come to believe, that every day you see with the lenses you put on.  If you put on positive and inspired lenses, you will make better choices through the day and radiate that positivity to everything around you. What you look for determines what you see. What you see is what you believe. What you believe is who you become.

Choose a habit that can give you a new perspective. Listen to a podcast every day. Read a book that has been around for decades instead of a Facebook post that has been around for hours. We always talk about being the sum of the people around you. That goes for the media you read and listen to as well. You don’t have to know the most successful people in history to learn from them, all the information is out there waiting for you.

…And speaking of information, see you Sunday at Noon for the challenge meeting.

Have a healthy and happy 2018!