We’ve successfully made it to Day 3. This is the part of the exercise I like to call “The Real Work.” For those of you who didn’t find my exercise completely boring and unimportant, I thank you! Every day for the last 8-9 months this is what I have been doing to ensure my growth within. When I first started I wasn’t as committed as I should have been, but my awareness for my lack of commitment was a testament that I was paying attention to my journey somewhat. The more aware I became, the more I worked on being consistent. Which brings us to the concept of day 3. The final day of our exercise will be all about solidifying our intentions and discovering effective ways to remain consistent in our personal growth journey.
Day 3 will NOT be divided into sections as we did previously, but there will be 5 parts to it. The PDF for today is for you to create a list of 5 intentional, healthy, everyday habits that you want to incorporate into your life. I want you to start with 5, because if you begin with too many it’ll be difficult to commit to them all at once. Begin with 5 and add on as you feel comfortable to make additions. If something isn’t working for you, coo! X it off of your list and start anew. The attached document will help you to keep track of doing each intentional habit every day of the week. I’d like for us to focus on keeping track of the times we are completing each of our habits. Tip: The more consistency I saw in the times I was completing each of my habits, I knew my growth was developing. It also taught me that I was committed to what I had chosen to develop in my life. Please print your final PDF for this exercise here: Personal Growth- Day Three
Day 3 is one of the most, if not the most important day of this exercise. This is the day you choose what you will allow in your everyday to keep your growth consistent. I have so many things that I do in my everyday life to be intentional about my growth. A few of my favorite things are:
-The Post-It Note Challenge: As seen on Being Mary Jane, I thought it was crazy when I first saw Mary Jane reading all these post-it notes plastered throughout her house on the show. When I gave in and decided to do it, I discovered why she chose to do it. Every day I get up I read prayers I’ve written on post-it notes, quotes, scriptures etc. This is not only my way of embedding these things in my mind and spirit, but putting them out in the world and making their existence permanent.
-Meditation: I meditate at night before bed because I get up every morning at 4:45 am and one simply doesn’t have time in the morning. When I meditate at night it helps me to release all of the energy from my day and rest peacefully. I found that when I meditate, I fall sleep with a clear mind and a relaxed body/spirit. Because of this, I am able to sleep throughout the night without interruptions.
The above is just a small list of things I commit to. I practice going a certain amount of days without doing or saying certain things and it becomes a habit. I’ve started out listening to gospel when I am in my most stressful atmospheres. I’ve done it so much that gospel music is a habit and I am not just listening when I need to hear it.
That is the point of Day 3. Giving yourself a list of habits which will eventually transform into priorities if you allow them to. It’s all about how consistent and committed to change and growth you are. Do you want to feel inspired, encouraged and blessed every day you rise? Then today is the day you should begin developing your healthy habits so that they become your priorities. All of the documents provided for this exercise will remain here on the blog. You can print as many as you want for as long as you want. As you continue to grow, what you require from yourself grows. With that being said, I would expect for your list to change every 6-8 months.
I want to congratulate you on the completion of this 3 day exercise. It has been a blessing to share what I do in my everyday life with all of you. A trick I’ve learned from Oprah is, when you’ve successfully written out your personal goals on paper and consistently revisit/revise them, it is another step closer to the manifestation of your goals. What we believe is sure to become our reality. This exercise was to turn you all into constructive thinkers. We did that by thinking about what we want to see change and what we want to see grow. We became doers the moment we found effective ways to work toward our changes and growth. We become believers the more we actively do what we set out to do. The more you do and have success with, the more you believe you are capable of. I pray for all of us to experience continued personal growth. Thank you for being a part of this self-growth experience. I am looking forward to more in the near future.
Be Inspired. Be Encouraged. Be Blessed.