Good habits help you to become the best version of yourself. These are the six habits you need to stack (and how you can do it).
I’m a big believer in the idea that taking care of yourself first puts you in a better position to take care of your real estate business.
So, I’ve been doing this thing called “habit stacking” to make desired changes in my life.
The idea is that you dedicate 66 days to introducing a new habit in your life. You make the commitment to do X every day for those 66 days. And by the end, you have a positive habit that’s going to benefit you for a long time to come.
Then, you start with a new habit. You spend another 66 days introducing that new habit on top of the first one.
And you just keep repeating and stacking the good habits.
My Six Habits
I’m going to get into six habits that I think every team leader would do well to focus on in a little while.
But let me just tell you what my six are right now.
- Read the Bible every day. I’m a long way past 66 days on this habit as I’m at 312 days and counting.
- Eat more whole foods. For this one, I mean spending an entire day eating good foods and avoiding sugar and processed stuff.
- Drink 128 ounces of clear water per day. A lot of the time when you feel hungry, you’re actually just thirsty.
- Write in a journal. Right now, I’m writing every day about my wife and all of the things that I’m grateful to her for.
- Meditate. I’ll admit that I struggled with this one at first. But now I can’t not do it!
- Work out for 45 minutes per day. The idea is to get my body moving to boost my energy levels.
Over the past year or so, I’ve been working on stacking those habits.
And of course, I’ve tracked my progress. I’m a big app guy, so I have an app on my phone to help me keep track.
Why Should You Stack Good Habits
Maybe you’re wondering why I’m doing this.
I’m a business coach and team leader, so I have people looking to me for inspiration and guidance.
The idea behind stacking habits is that I want to create the best version of myself for my team and those following me.
Stacking habits like this helps me to focus on building myself up. From there, I can do a better job of building my team up.
Now, I want to dig into a little more detail about the six habits that I think all team leaders will find useful.
Habit #1 – Get More Sleep
I gave myself a little bit too much of a challenge when I started stacking habits. One of my first was to wake up at 5am every day.
I managed it for a while. But the real challenge or habit there is to go to sleep at 9pm every night. That’s where I struggle as I’d go to sleep at about 11pm and wake up at 5am. After a while, I had no energy.
I’m a guy who needs about seven and a half to eight hours of sleep. That’s my sweet spot. You may need a little less (or a little more).
I recommend tracking your sleep to make sure you’re getting enough. I use the Oura Ring to track my body movement, my heart rate, and other metrics while I sleep. From here, I can tell what type of sleep I’m getting and that sort of thing.
So, start tracking your sleep. Pay attention to when you go to bed and when you wake up so you’re hitting your own sleep sweet spot consistently.
Habit #2 – Eat Whole Foods
When I say eat more whole food, I really mean eat more veggies.
I know that steak, chicken, and pork are all real foods. But I think we all need to limit our intake of meats and focus on getting more vegetables and whole grains inside us.
There are also things like Bulletproof coffee that’s great here. It gives you all of the fats you need to energize yourself in the morning. But you don’t get all of the carbs that give your stomach that bloated feeling.
Check out Dave Asprey of Google to find out more about it.
Just try to get healthier foods in your body and avoid the sugary and processed junk.
Habit #3 – Drink More Water
Ask yourself this:
How much water have you really been drinking?
Right now, I’m trying to drink 128 ounces every day. I’d say you need to drink about half your body weight in ounces of water every day. For me, my goal is a gallon every day, even though I weigh just over 200 pounds.
This one change brings more energy, clarity, and focus than any other.
Like I said before, you’re often just thirsty when you think that you’re hungry. Instead of eating a snack, try drinking a 16-ounce glass of water and see how you feel.
Habit #4 – Move Your Body
For me, this is about 45 minutes of exercise at least 5 days per week. Right now, I might do some time on the elliptical machine with a weight vest on. Or I may do 30 minutes of yoga and then go for a run.
And that’s the thing.
It doesn’t really matter what it is. Whatever exercise you feel most comfortable with is the right one for you.
A 45-minute walk still gets your body moving. I think if you try to move your body for 45 minutes for five days per week, you’re going to show up in your business at an entirely different level.
Habit #5 – An Attitude of Gratitude
This is where my journaling about my wife comes in. Every day for a year I wrote down one thing I loved about her. And I gave it to her on New Year’s Eve. She was blown away.
But there are plenty of ways that you can do a 66-day challenge around gratitude. The Five Minute Journal is a great example.
It’s a super cool app where you can log an image for the day.
Every morning, you can start the day by entering three things that you’re grateful for. From there, write in three things you’ll do to make today great.
At night, you come back to it and write down three things that made the day great for you. And you can maybe write down three things you might have done to make the day even better.
It takes five minutes out of your day.
In return, you’ll start to learn the psychology of gratitude and contentment. You’ll create an attitude of gratitude that makes you unstoppable.
Habit #6 – Meditate & Take Clarity Breaks
I’m going to break this one down into two parts.
The first is meditation. Try to take 10 minutes every day to meditate. It’s something I’m still struggling with, which is why it’s one of my 66-day challenges. There are a bunch of useful apps that can help you though. Abide is a Christian meditation app that I like to use.
The idea is to just clear your mind and refresh your spirit.
The second is to take clarity breaks. I think that everyone should take a 90-minute clarity break once every week for 10 weeks.
A clarity break is when you just remove yourself from everything and everybody. Take yourself out of the office and just escape for 90 minutes or so.
Focus on what your business looks like and what your life looks like. Think about your relationships, both professionally and personally, and what they might lack. Think about your physical body and your spiritual well being.
It’s just making time for all of the things you might not have time to think about in your everyday life.
A Couple of Quick Tips
The idea of starting all of these habits at once can get a bit scary. You can overwhelm yourself so much that you give up on the whole thing.
The idea behind the 66-day challenge is that you only do one at a time. So my first tip is to just pick one from the list. Whichever of these things would make the biggest effect for you is the first habit you should try and change.
For the next 66 days, focus on changing that habit. Then, move onto the next one. In a year, you’ll have changed six habits.
And finally, just remember that it isn’t rocket science. You don’t have to overcomplicate anything here.
I’m going to leave you with a quote from Thomas Jefferson:
“If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.”
And it really is true.
That’s the thought I want to leave you with. Think about the things in your life that maybe aren’t operating the way you’d like them to right now.
Then, think about the little commitments that you can make that might cause those things to change.
That’s the idea behind stacking good habits. You’re doing something you weren’t doing before to create something that you don’t have right now.
I believe this will benefit you on both a personal and professional level.
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