For a number of years, I’ve chosen one thing and constantly reminded myself that I have far more than I need of this item.
If you’ve heard me talk about my experiences with finance, or sport, one theme that I emphasize is a feeling that I was far more successful than I expected to be.
Another example might be talking about living with preschoolers… it’s the most hugs I’ve ever had in my life. I’m very well loved.
Or what it’s like to be married to my wife… sharing my life with her is far from a hardship posting.
This habit need not be built with the “big” things in our lives.
Each time I leave a tip at a restaurant, I might pause and say, internally, “isn’t it wonderful to be in a position where I have a little extra to give.”
Each time I reach into the fruit drawer of my fridge, “pretty amazing that we can have crispy apples, year round.”
If I shovel my neighbor’s sidewalk, “it’s so cool to have the time to help this person out.”
The point being to create, and reinforce, a trigger than reminds me that I am surrounded by examples of having more than I need.
So the first gift I wish for you is a feeling of having enough, in at least one area of your life.
A new habit I’m seeking to build is paying attention to how I feel when I’m walking.
I picked this one up from The Art of Power, by Hanh. It’s a wonderful book, filled with stories about how I fool myself!
I have found walking a little slower feels better.
I’ve noticed that breathing a little deeper feels better.
Strengthening those two habits will lead to better outcomes.
Most my errors come from quick action when anxious.
So the second gift I wish for you is short, pleasurable breaks whenever you find yourself walking.