Habits: Your best friend, or worst enemy?


Lets be real, we all have some bad habits. Whether its biting your nails,repeatedly hitting the snooze button on your alarm, or picking your nose, these impulses seem to be less than harmful. But what about the habits that go unnoticed? What if these habits, if realized and altered, could work in your favor and benefit?




I've always been a driven human being. As an actor living in NYC, sometimes the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle can wear a guy down while repeating the monotonous cycle of wake up, work, sleep, and repeat. Because of this vicious cycle, it started to decrease the time I spent on my career and chasing my goals. Well about 2.5 weeks ago, I said "enough." So here's what I did:


1. Wake up at 5am each morning. Am I insane? ABSOLUTELY! I had to make time instead of complaining that I didn't have it.


2. Immediately make a "To do:" list that consisted of things I needed to get done in general and career wise.(Send emails, meditate, apply to gigs, work on upcoming auditions, gym, etc).


3. Carry out that list until everything was completed.



-After doing this for the past 2.5 weeks I've noticed a few things:


1. I put the amount of time of an 6 - 8 hour work day into my acting career before heading to my day job.


2. Because I did this daily and made it a habit, i started receiving more phone calls from agencies and appointments for auditions.


3. The daily practice of my "To do" list gave me a sense of accountability and pushed me to do more.


4. I honestly just felt felt more accomplished.



To back up what I was doing, I started listening to the audio book "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg, (GET IT!) After listening and learning about the psychology of habitual behavior with stories, such as Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, and more. It helped me understand how important routine and positive actions are to accomplishing what you set your mind to.



So am I saying you should wake up at the butt crack of dawn every morning to scribble down your efforts in order to chase your wildest dreams? No, haha, but this is what worked for me. Find what works best for you and for your goals!






-Alec


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