I Want to Master the Basics

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The more I learn about habits the more I realise how important the basic physiological habits are. I wanted to cover the whole process from physiological habits to transcendental habits but the topic turns out to be too broad. Even the four groups of the physiological habit seem like too much for one blog. So, what to do about it?

I am in the process of narrowing the topic of this blog down and I think that you will be reading mostly about physiological habits in the future. My interest is to convey methods to implement good and healthy habits; I want to give you an understanding about how those habits work and I want to make the strong foundation that you need to have a healthy life both physically and mentally.

So, what does this mean?

Do you remember the habit hierarchy that I made based on the hierarchy of needs? Well, although there are a lot of interesting topics out there I will focus on the topics that concern the basic habits. I want to master the basics myself and I want to help you master the basics. I will start by changing the categories of the blog to a few central topics that concern the basics.

The basic physiological habits

There are four areas of habits I want to master and those are: Sleep, exercise, diet and cleansing (I still haven’t found a good word for cleansing but I am open to suggestions). I am not going to tell you how to do the disciplines you choose. I.e. if you choose running for exercise I will not be writing about running, but I will show how you can implement the habit of running.

I will try to give you resources from the net that can help you on your quest for a life full of healthy habits.

Television Is a Killer Habit!

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My best advice to you is to drop television and take your life back. Television on top of the list of time wasting (in)activities.

Years ago television took a great part of my time and I usually turned on the television around six o’clock in the evening to watch some series while eating my dinner. That series was followed by another and then came the news and then some film that I just had to watch. In between there were tons of commercials. Sometimes I could spend about 6-8 hours in front of the television; it was a very bad habit.

When I was about 20 years I started exercising and I discovered that exercise made me feel great. It was fantastic and little by little the physical activities replaced my passive television habits. At the age of 35 I decided that I don’t need a television and for three years I didn’t have one. People thought I was crazy, because how can anyone live without television?

Somehow I was always up to date about the news, the only things I didn’t know about was who won this and that competition running on television shows. For some reason this is very important to a lot of people but I realised that I didn’t need all that meaningless and superficial information.

A couple of years ago my friend gave me a television because he couldn’t understand how it was possible for me to live without one. My girlfriend uses it but she seems to adapt to my lifestyle and she have difficulties finding the time to watch television.

I don’t miss television a second! I have no idea what’s running on television and I don’t have the time or desire to bother. There are a lot of benefits dropping television:

1. You can get to bed early and be re-energised for the next day.

2. You can read a book

3. You can play games

4. You can go out and visit friends

5. You can do some exercise like go for a run or workout

6. You have time to meditate before bed

7. You can plan next day or write your journal

8. You can take a walk

9. You can give your partner a massage

Imagine this: If you watch television six hours each day like I did, you could learn a new language within a year if you dropped television! Take a look at this article on how to break the television habit.

5 Great Articles About Sleeping Habits

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I have found some great resources from other blogs that I would like to share with you.

1. How to Wake Up Early Totally Alert – by Steve Pavlina

This article demonstrates how important the physiological habits are. Steve Pavlina has experimented a lot with sleeping habits and in this article he stresses the importance of sleep, exercise and a healthy diet. I have been inspired by his article to experiment a bit with my dinner habits. I think I will start eating salads in the evenings and see how it influences my sleep.

2. How to Wake Up Early – by Sleeping Dude

I don’t really know who this guy is but I like the idea of a blog that only writes articles about waking up early. You will find a lot of inspirational reading here.

3. Strategies For a Better Night’s Sleep – Reader’s Digest

These are good and easy tips, although I would question the tip about cookies on the nightstand.

4. 10 Morning Rituals For the Healthy Entrepreneur – by Kavit Haria

These are 10 simple rituals to implement.

5. 10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It – by Leo Babauta

Leo does it the Zen-way and in this article he not only shows you how to rise early, but he also give you the benefits of rising early.

6 Levels of Habits You Want

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Level #1: Physiological habits

The physiological habits are the basic habits that form the foundation of your life. You have to master these habits to be able to achieve on the next levels of the hierarchy of habits. Every day you should consider what you could do better. Ask yourself: What can I do today to improve my sleep? The next day you ask: What can I do today to improve my exercise? The day after you ask: What can I do today to improve my diet? The fourth day you ask: What can I do today to improve cleansing?

These are the four basic groups of this level and on the fifth day you start over asking yourself what you can do to improve your sleep. It is a never-ending cycle that will help you master the basics.

Level #2: Safety habits

You need a place to live and you need a job to earn an income and to give you an identity and a purpose of life. First of all you have to master the basics, the physiological habits, then you can work on your safety habits. You do not have to do this every day but you should at least once a week work on these habits.

Write down you dreams and goals for each of the groups on this level and review them once a week. Safety habits encompass home, work, economy and order. See what you can do next week to get closer to your dreams and make a to-do list.

Level #3: Social Habits (Habits of love and belonging)

I’m still working on this model and I have based The Hierarchy of Habits on Maslow’s hierarchy of need and Frankl’s additions. Thus, the terms will change a bit and in the future I will call this level Social Habits.

On this level you will take care of your social network. Like level two you should write down your dreams and goals and practice your social skills and do some networking. Make sure that you have positive people around you, and that they support you and your worldview; and get rid of toxic people. Toxic people are people that are negative and do not contribute to your well being.

Level #4: Esteem habits

This is the level of habits most people begin with and very often they fail because they will not succeed unless they master the basics! If you do not master especially the physiological habits then there is not a chance that you will succeed at this level. So, back to basics!

However, if you have made yourself a solid foundation of good habits then it is time for you to work on this level. The groups of these habits are: Self-confidence, self-esteem and achievement. Most people with psychological problems have symptoms on this level and I have written three series about these problems. I will give you a link to these series that comprise 36 articles!

13 Ways to Improve Your Self-Confidence

12 Ways to Build Your Self-Esteem

11 Traits of Successful People

I have had serious problems with my self-esteem; I worked on the basic physiological habits AND the two levels following those habits. Do I have self-esteem problems anymore? Yes, but only if I do not get my sleep, exercise or proper food!

Level #5: Self-actualisation habits

This is where you set your life goals and start thinking about how you can realise your dreams. Everything is possible as long as you set your mind to it. This level is extremely difficult if you do not master the basics, but if you do master the basics then this level will be fun and easy.

Level #6: Transcendence habits

I don’t know if you can make transcendence habits, because this level is more like a consequence of success on all the other levels. You will start seeing how everything is connected and the meaning of life will be clear to you. You will feel oneness and connected to the universe. This level is almost spiritual.

Why Physiological Habits Are More Important Than Anything Else

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The physiological habits are the habits you maintain to fulfil your physiological needs. They are the need for sleep, the need for eating, the need for exercise and the need for keeping a good health. I have grouped the habits in four groups: Sleep, exercise, diet and cleansing.

In the next level in the hierarchy of habits you find the habits you need to uphold a feeling of being safe and secure. This level is the safety habits and encompasses home, work, economy and order. But before you can start developing habit on this level you need to master the habits of the physiological level.

Let us assume that you have just been dismissed and now you don’t have a job. Without a job you don’t have any income. Without an income you cannot pay your bills etc. This is a very stressful situation. If you want to find a new job you have to keep peace of mind, stay focused and optimise your efforts to find a new job.

Do you think you will succeed in getting a new job if you are tired, hungry and have a bad health? No, you will not. If you were to hire a person for a job then you would choose a candidate that seem enthusiastic, energized, happy and by good health. You would want a person with a good spirit! That is exactly why you have to work on these characteristics by mastering your physiological habits.