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  • feedwordpress 21:43:49 on 2018/06/11 Permalink
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    10 Bad Habits That Are Actually Good for You 

    We tend to group habits into two clear groups: good and bad.

    It sounds like common sense, but the line isn’t always so clear. Some habits that we think of as bad can actually be good for you in the right situation.

    Here are some habits you may want to reconsider:

    1. Procrastination. In a culture where we’re constantly running at full speed, multitasking and distracted, we don’t always realize how tired and stressed we are. Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to put things off and remember that everything doesn’t always have to be so urgent.

    2. Boredom. Most people disapprove of boredom, sometimes because they believe it reflects a lack of inner resources. But being bored can be an important conduit for creative thinking. It can give you the space you need to turn old problems into innovative solutions or find new areas of thought and imagination.

    3. Saying no. We’ve been taught that saying no is a selfish act. But the alternative–saying yes to everything–can lead to overwork, scattered energy and resentment. Learning how to graciously say no to things that don’t matter will free up the time you need to focus on the things that are most important.

    4. Doing less. Today’s work culture tells us we should always be doing more, more, more. It leaves us feeling like we’re falling farther and farther behind no matter how hard we work. So take some stuff off your plate. Delegate. Keep projects in bounds when they threaten to grow out of control.

    5. Tuning out. Even if you’re saying no, procrastinating, and doing less, you can’t recharge your batteries if you’re still internally plugged into your to-do list. To truly revive yourself means disconnecting entirely. Play some music or paint or meditate or read a book or go for a hike in the woods. Getting lost in a different world for a while can be hugely energizing.

    6. Losing your temper. We’re taught that we should never lose our temper, that we should manage our emotions in every situation. But there are times when it’s OK, even necessary, to let go and vent. It’s much healthier to lose your temper here and there instead of holding everything in until you explode and do real damage–or keep it bottled and do psychic harm to yourself.

    7. Daydreaming. Many people think of daydreaming as a form of laziness, but allowing your mind to wander is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Daydreaming actually helps boost your problem-solving abilities. So while it may increase the time it takes to complete the task in front of you, it can help you be effective in understanding and solving bigger issues.

    8. Messiness. Some studies have found that a messy environment can be good for productivity, especially if your work requires creative thought. Neat rooms may be pleasant and calming, but untidiness lends itself well to solutions from off the beaten path.

    9. Fidgeting. You may have been told that an inability to sit still is a bad habit. But researchers have found that that wiggling in your seat, tapping your foot, jiggling your legs or even drumming your fingers can increase your metabolism and may play a positive role in overall fitness.

    10. Sleeping late. Many people think those who sleep are lazy and unmotivated. In actuality, many people are not getting enough sleep during the week and are trying to make up for it over the weekend. But insufficient sleep is associated with a wide range of health problems, from stroke risk to weight gain. So don’t begrudge your body what it needs. Don’t sleep all day, but don’t feel bad when you hit the snooze alarm a few extra times.

    Now, go enjoy some of the habits you used to feel bad about!

     


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    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 13:02:17 on 2018/06/10 Permalink
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    10 Bad Habits That Could Be Destroying Your Happiness 

    Bad habits keep you unhappy, keep you stuck, make you do things you don’t want to do. Start today, right now, to eliminate them from your life. When you do, you’ll open up room for new positive habits to take their place.

    Any or all of these 10 habits is a good place to start.

    1. Postponing your goals.

    Procrastination will keep you from reaching your goals more effectively than any external obstacle. Start today by taking one baby step toward a goal. Do the same the next day. It doesn’t have to be much, but do something every day. Consistent effort is the key.

    2. Living a mediocre life.

    Step out of your comfort zone and remember that many of the greatest pleasures in life include some degree of risk. Happiness is not about avoiding the painful things in life; it’s about chasing our dreams and aspirations.

    3. Self-sabotaging.

    Any pattern that keeps disrupting your growth, your success, or your happiness has to stop. What’s keeping you stuck? Find it and then find your way out of it. Develop patterns that support your highest goals.

    4. Running from your problems.

    Start chasing the right things instead of running from what’s wrong. Don’t look at problems as something to be ashamed of or avoid, but as an opportunity to learn and grow.

    5. Worrying about your flaws.

    Everyone has flaws, but it’s up to you whether you’ll give them the power to keep you from doing what you want. Instead, take your flaws, find your strength in them, and make them work for you.

    6. Trying to control everything.

    Control is an illusion. If you try to control everything, you will quickly become frustrated and angry. Instead, remember the only thing you can reliably control is your own reaction to the things going on around you and within you. To have command of yourself is a much more reliable source of happiness than trying to control everything around you.

    7. Blaming others.

    Nothing great has ever come from blaming or accusing others. The way to really be happy is to be accountable for your actions and responsible for your own consequences.

    8. Trying to be something you are not.

    Why do so many people want to be something they are not? What would it take to be happy with who you are, and celebrate your gifts and talents? Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Look in the mirror and see who you are–and build on that foundation.

    9. Living in the past or in the future.

    The trick is to stay in the present long enough to truly figure out what makes you happy. What memories can you create today? What choices can you make to start creating happiness?

    10. Constant complaining.

    Did you wake up in a bed? Do you have shelter and food? Don’t take the necessities of life for granted. Be grateful for all of life’s blessings: food, health, relationships, your mind, your heart. When you catch yourself complaining, take a moment to look around you in gratitude.

    At the end of the day, quit the habits that do not serve you, that do not make you happy, and find the things that will make you happier and healthier in mind, body, and heart.

     


    N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R

    THE LEADERSHIP GAP

    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now

     


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    The post 10 Bad Habits That Could Be Destroying Your Happiness appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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