If you’re not eager to change, you’re not alone. Most people don’t consider change fun and would rather stay in their comfort zone. Unfortunately, the comfort zone in some areas of your life may not be a safe place. You only feel calm because you’ve settled, but your security is an illusion. It is in these vulnerable areas of your life that an unexpected crisis could show up. Below are some Simple Ways to Avoid a Personal Crisis.
The good news is that it’s not as difficult as you might imagine to increase your earning power, take better care of your health, and change your habits, adding good habits and dropping bad ones.
Simple Ways to Avoid a Personal Crisis
Increase Your Earning Power
One thing that will have a huge impact on improving almost everything else in your life is increasing your power to earn more. You will earn more by learning more. The more you know, the more the market will pay you.
Most people who decide to go back to school to increase their earning power only focus on careers that can pay well. They rarely reflect if their career choice will also make them happy.
They have a mental block, believing that you can be happy or wealthy, but not both. This is not true. Many people have become happier, richer, and more successful by doing work that they love.
How do you find work that you love? Think about what interests you. If you love to shop, do you notice product packaging or design? If you notice how manufacturers design their products, then you may want to consider getting a product design degree.
Take Better Care of Your Health
When you take control of your own health, you will be more, do more, and have more. Good health results from consistently doing the right things. If you sleep well, eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly, you will be healthier than if you don’t do any of these things. If you also improve your attitude, learn stress-management, and increase the quality and quantity of your relationships, then you will be even healthier.
Change Your Habits
How do you establish good habits? Here are two suggestions: First, adopt one habit at a time because it takes 66 days for a habit to stick. While it might be more practical to adopt all the healthy habits you’d like in a single swoop, this rarely works. Although it’s easy to plan how to do it, we rarely follow through on it. Chalk it down to a quirk of human nature.
Second, besides adopting good habits, drop bad habits. The way to do this is to identify three things: the cue, the routine, and the reward. If, for instance, you love cookies but eat too many every day to keep your figure, then your cue might be that you eat cookies when you get stressed, your routine might be to visit your favorite bakery on your way home from work, and your reward might be the wonderful flavor.
One way to change this habit is to find something else that will be a healthy but equally rewarding substitute, such as a healthy snack. If this doesn’t work, then you could disrupt the cue by distracting yourself when the cue shows up. So, for instance, when you feel the urge to drive by your favorite store choose a different route home.
Try these three suggestions. If you’re not earning enough to cover all your basic needs, have some health issues, or have some bad habits, you may need to make a conscious change rather than wait for a crisis to force you to change.