Habits That Make Your Life (and the World) Better

Habits That Make Your Life (and the World) Better

In my work, I write, strategize, and coach about how to develop the three core skills of mindfulness, learning agility, and storytelling, and their corresponding habits. These are the skills that will help us thrive amid disruptive possibilities such as AI, Big Data Algorithms, and Biotechnology, and make wise, courageous choices in the face of Climate Change, Industrial Complexes, and the National Debt.
 
In case it’s helpful to you, I’ve clustered the habits for each core skill all in one spot in this blog. Don’t try to master all of these habits at once. Do pick a couple to focus on for a while and get better at, within each of the three categories. 
 
Give it a try. You’ll be happier. You’ll make the world better. 
 
And, yes, there’s probably important habits I’ve not thought to add here…so contact me and let me know, and I’ll add them. This blog is an iterative work in progress. 
 
Sort of like all of life.
 
Mindfulness Habits:
 
Accept the reality of impermanence
Accept the reality of interbeing or non-self
Appreciate mysticism over dogma
Avoid toxic people as much as possible
Be faithful
Be grateful
Be in your body, not just your head
Believe in others’ positive intentions
Be kind
Be present
Be realistic
Breathe – and notice that you’re breathing
Brush and floss your teeth
Burn incense
Change your car’s oil, air filter, and rotate the tires (and keep them properly inflated)
Check out the Enneagram
Color
Compost
Concentrate
Dance
De-clutter
Do body scans
Do yoga
Don’t assume
Don’t avoid problems
Don’t buy stuff on impulse
Don’t cling to outcomes
Don’t compare yourself to others; instead, learn from them and be inspired by them
Don’t hoard
Don’t insist on your truth being the only truth
Don’t judge yourself or anyone else
Don’t take things personally
Don’t take yourself too seriously 
Don’t text while driving
Don’t waste food
Downsize and give stuff away
Draw
Drink less alcohol
Drink more water
Drive less  – carpool or take public transportation if it’s available
Eat fewer simple carbs
Eat fiber
Eat fruits and vegetables
Eat less meat
Eat less overall
Eat less sodium
Eat less junk food
Eat locally produced food
Eat out less
Eat protein
Eat slower
Eliminate road rage
Embrace silence
Embrace solitude
Exercise – cardio, core, strength-training, and stretching
Forget that you have a credit card
Forgive people
Get still
Intend goodness
Journal each day
Know thyself
Know your intentions before you speak and act
Laugh
Light candles
Listen
Live within your means
Love
Make good lists before grocery shopping
Manage your expectations and others’ expectations
Meditate
Multi-task less
Minimize and buy less in general
Notice what you’re doing
Pack healthy food and water for road trips
Pause before you react
Pay attention to what data you’re sharing about yourself and why
Plant trees
Play
Play music
Practice compassion
Practice equanimity
Practice joy
Practice loving-kindness
Practice the Four Nutriments
Prioritize your values
Recite helpful mantras
Recycle
Reduce your garbage by buying fewer pre-packaged foods
Reflect
Remember that feelings don’t necessarily equal reality
Replace unhealthy habits
Respect other people’s needs
Respect your own needs
Rest
Save money
Set and keep healthy boundaries
Simplify
Sleep
Slow down
Smile
Spend less time on social media
Spend less time on your phone
Stay on top of preventative care
Stop shaming yourself
Throw stuff out
Turn off lights and electronic devices
Unsubscribe
Use energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances
Use less water
Walk
Wash clothes in cold water
Watch less television
Wear sunscreen
Weatherstrip your house for energy efficiency
 
Learning Agility Habits:
 
Accept diversity
Accept the reality of disruption
Admit when you don’t know something
Ask for help
Ask open-ended questions
Be agile
Be curious
Be interested in other people’s needs and wants
Be resilient
Develop your intuition
Discover and develop your strengths
Get comfortable with change and ambiguity
Hang out with people who are different from you
Improve your business acumen
Innovate
Iterate
Learn a language or two
Learn all the time
Learn from mistakes
Learn how to fix things around the house
Learn more about algorithms
Learn more about artificial intelligence
Learn more about biotechnology
Learn more about climate change
Learn more about industrial complexes
Learn more about national and international debt
Learn more about neuroscience
Learn who suffers the most because of “the way things are”
Listen to podcasts
Make connections and find synergies
Mentor
Pursue clarity over simply more information (while gathering the most valuable information)
Read
Receive and apply feedback
Re-invent yourself
Risk failure
Seek new challenges
Study
Take on more responsibility at work or a stretch assignment
Think across disciplines
Think bigger and bolder
Think critically
Think holistically
Think integrally
Think strategically
Travel
Use the library
 
Storytelling Habits:
 
Advocate and be an ally to those with less privilege than you have
Apologize when you’ve screwed up
Be brand-conscious
Be brief
Be disciplined
Be humble
Be inclusive
Be polite
Be visionary
Create and design things
Do what you said you’d do
Don’t attack others on social media
Don’t be passive-aggressive
Don’t be the first to laugh at your own jokes
Don’t make excuses
Don’t manipulate
Don’t wear socks with sandals 
Don’t whine
Don’t yell at people or animals
Empathize
Encourage
Fight for freedom
Fight injustice
Geek out on stuff that interests and excites you
Give the benefit of the doubt
Have a filter and use it
Have a good “hook’
Help someone
Keep showing up and giving it your best effort
Know your audience
Maintain good hygiene
Make eye contact
Network with purpose
Realize that marketing is part of your job
Relieve suffering
Share
Speak up
Study the habits of TED Talks speakers
Take public speaking and presentation classes
Talk less
Tell good stories that stick with people
Tell the truth
Treat service workers with kindness and respect
Use archetypes, metaphors, motifs, and symbols
Use good manners
Use humor wisely and sensitively
Volunteer
Vote! (talk about a chance to “change the story”)
Work hard
Write
 
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