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Listen, today’s post is going to be short. I’m busy, you’re busy, sometimes we just want that nugget of awesome delivered to us, so we can take it and move on. I’m bringing the awesome today, with one of my biggest secrets to life. For real.
You know, I don’t think I’ve talked about this before, here on the blog at least. That’s kind of remarkable to me, because this thing, well really it’s kind of a technique, is quite possibly the single most powerful thing I’ve ever learned.
Seriously though, it’s super-simple, and if you do it every single day, I promise you it will improve your life. You don’t have to buy it, you don’t have to give anyone anything for it. I’m so confident that this little method, if performed daily, will improve your life, that I will stake my reputation as a personal development expert on it.
I can’t think of a single habit that has helped me more than this. Yes, that includes eating well, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and all of the other things that I encourage you all to do.
Are you ready? Seriously, you might kick yourself when you hear this… My master technique, the single most powerful habit I’ve ever developed, and one that I practice literally every single day is:
Take a deep breath, smile, and go for a walk.
Super, super simple, right? Now, I’m not putting this forth as something you should use to cope with stress or anything (though it works for that). I’m not saying you should use it for exercise, or anything like that even. There’s no predetermined time you need to walk for, or anything. Hell, you don’t even have to walk, if you are unable, just find a change of scenery.
I know you’re probably doubting me right now.
“Dan, how the hell is something tiny like that supposed to do anything?”
Maybe instead of that, you’re thinking something like,
“Dan, that’s a waste of my time, I have better things to do.”
You could even be thinking,
“This is so stupid, I can’t believe he’s hyping this up this much.”
Guess what. Try it.
No, seriously. The great thing about taking a deep breath, smiling, and walking? You can do it any time. About to go to bed, realized you didn’t do your breath, smile, walk? Awesome! Take twenty seconds, breathe, smile, walk into the next room, walk back again. Just woke up, want to supercharge your day? Take a deep breath, screw a smile on your face, put a robe on and walk out on your front step, and back in again.
Yes, you should fake a smile even if you’re not happy. There’s tons of scientific backing for this, but short story is, smiling is just as good at making you happy, as being happy is at making you smile. Take a deep breath in through your nose, out through your mouth. A deep one, into your belly! Breath, bust out your best grin, and take a five minute walk down the sidewalk, or into your backyard, or down the hallway, or to the break room, or to the bathroom, or out to the lake, or through the park. ANYWHERE.
The point of the walk is not to get exercise, you sole goal is to just find a change of scenery from where you just were.
Listen. I don’t care if you think I’m crazy with this. I don’t care if you think it’s useless. I don’t care if you think it’s a waste of your time. You can SPARE five minutes a day to humor my weird idea, if you’ve been reading my articles for any amount of time, then you owe yourself and me that much.
Do it for a month, consistently, and then come talk to me. I eagerly await hearing about how it improved your life. Want to prove me wrong? Awesome, do it. But you better damn well make sure you stick to the schedule for the month before you tell me I’m full of crap.
Live boldly, change the world, and continue to be awesome.
Dan “DaRatmastah” Wallace