5 Simple Habits That Can Change Your Life In 1 Year

Alyssa Atkinson

And bring you success for years to come.

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When I was in elementary school, I was assigned a school project which required me to write a report and give a presentation about the life of a famous person who changed the world.

While many of my classmates chose movie stars, actors, and actresses, I chose the story of someone who I felt changed my world, and inspired me to dream big - Walt Disney. For those who don't know his full background, he came from humble beginnings as a poor paper route boy, and yet he found a way to produce some of the most astounding animated movies of his time.

Rather than being in front of the camera, he chose to work silently behind it. In doing so, he became one of the most visionary people of his time.

For the first few years of my life, I actually grew up in California. My family went to Disneyland often (back when season passes for California residents didn't cost almost as much as my car), and I still remember that sense of magic I felt whenever I stepped foot into the amusement park.

It was these kinds of experiences that made me truly believe I could accomplish anything I put my mind to. For years, that is exactly what I've tried to do. I work hard each and every day to become a better, happier, and healthier version of myself than I was yesterday.

And I've picked up key habits throughout my life that have helped me do so. The following are five simple, healthy habits that you too have the opportunity to adopt whenever you would like. They might not change your life tomorrow, but they do have the ability to positively impact your life one year, five years, or even ten years down the road. Here they are.

1. Pursue your passion project.

Find the one thing that makes you tick, whether it be cooking, writing, teaching, photography, or anything else, and then make time to pursue it.

For years, I made excuses as to why I couldn't pursue writing, recipe creating, and content creation. I put blogging on the back burner even though I know it brings me immense joy.

What I have come to realize is that life is to short to give up pursuing what you love. Even if it's just a hobby, carve out 30 minutes on the weekend to sit down and write, paint, draw, or practice whatever else you enjoy.

You never know would could come out of it, and it just might change your life one, two, or even ten years from now.

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." - Walt Disney

2. Exercise daily.

I rarely go a day without moving my body with intention. Whether I run, walk, or lift weights, I like to get my body up and moving every single day, and you should too.

Getting in the habit of exercising regularly can change your life. This is because:

"Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Everyone can experience the health benefits of physical activity – age, abilities, ethnicity, shape, or size do not matter."

These benefits span a wide range, both mentally and physically, including improved:

Ultimately, adopting this habit will help you live a healthier, happier, fuller life, and it can certainly have an immense impact in less than a year.

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3. Invest in the following.

Invest in yourself, and your whole life can change for the better. This doesn't just have to be a monetary investment, either.

There are many ways to invest in yourself, including:

  • Believing in your ideas
  • Putting money into your own small business
  • Putting money into your education
  • Allowing yourself time to enjoy the hobbies you love
  • Taking calculated risks
  • Making time for your physical and mental health (exercising, cooking, journaling, etc.)

These are just a few examples, but the point is, investing in yourself truly can change your life. With self-belief and self-confidence, you can take the steps necessary to make your dreams a reality, and transform your life in the years to come.

4. Eat like this often.

Eat fresh, minimally processed ingredients as often as you can. This includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, etc.

When you nourish your body with real food, you gain energy, happiness, health, and an enriched life. Do it consistently for months, and the benefits will continue to pile up. In fact,

"following a diet based on real food may be one of the most important things you can do to maintain good health and a high quality of life."

So, don't take this crucial habit lightly. Find the healthy, balanced meals you enjoy, and make an effort to eat more of them. Doing so could make a huge positive impact on your life one year from now.

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5. Embrace fear as if it is your truest friend.

This was the habit I had the most trouble adopting. I have a number of fears in my life, most of which aren't physical.

I am not afraid of heights, ants, falling, deer, swimming, the ocean, darkness, or any of the other more common physical fears.

Instead, I fear the unknown. I fear failure. I fear that people will misjudge me, or underestimate me. But I've learned that the best way to face your fear is to embrace it. Let the wave of emotions in, and know that fear is simply there to guide you along, and to let you know that you are trying something new and scary.

Fear doesn't have to be perceived in a negative way. Instead, view fear as your truest friend - the one who will help you achieve bigger and better things. As the great Franklin D. Roosevelt said:

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

Final Thoughts

You may not be able to change the hand you are dealt in life, but you can control how you react to it.

For over five years now, I have eaten a healthy, minimally processed plant-based diet and exercised regularly. I started my own small business over one year ago. These are things I would have never seen myself doing many years ago. I can say with certainty that they have changed my life for the better, and all it took was a choice.

You too hold the power to choose how you want to live your life and what you want to do with the time you have. Adopt habits that will enrich your life, and you'll ultimately find greater joy and happiness.

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Ohio U XC/Track alum. I love to run. I blog about food, health, fitness, lifestyle, etc. Personal Blog - nomeatfastfeet.com | Electrical and Computer Engineering Grad.

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