There’s a ton of research around how setting habits can help us conserve energy because it reduces the number of decisions we have to make in a day. However, not all habits are created equal and so we’ve asked our community to tell us about the habits they have been most effective for them.

Jennifer Zerling | Fitness and Age Management Expert

I am persistent and relentless. When you set a goal for yourself, you not only have to go for it, but you have to be crystal clear on how to get it! I am successful because I am first clear on what my goal is. I then perform a lot of research behind what will get me there. And then I go for it and become unstoppable. Being relentless means not letting anyone or anything get in the way of your success. But there is one secret that I haven’t mentioned yet. And that is, self care has helped me remain in power providing me with the mental stamina, energy, and the strength to be relentless and consistent. Read more>>

TaShanna E Newland | X (10) Photography Studio Owner

Well I’m crazy organized and I never give up. Like ever! The people that know me well would say that I tend to over-plan, over-think, over-analyze all the time! But, I am also the person tasked with organizing all of our family functions, get togethers, celebrations, everything because they know when it comes down to it I am thinking about every-single-detail. And they know, I will change an entire concept or plan before I just give up. I don’t really like to admit defeat so I can be in a “no way out situation” and I WILL figure out how to make it work. Read more>>

Josie Neumann | Associate Director, International Writing Program

Following your curiosity and asking questions is an essential practice to living in this ever-changing world. In my professional life, asking questions is a way to show respect, demonstrate understanding, engage shy participants, work through a difficult conversation, or even object to something without outright dismissing someone else’s idea. Curiosity is a neutral headspace; when we don’t have a set outcome and can just observe, we open the possibilities for discovery. Working in the humanities in Higher Education, a common viewpoint I’ve encountered is people wanting to be experts, demanding to know everything (which isn’t possible), and if they don’t know it, they’re not interested. Read more>>

KATJA | Singer/Songwriter + Voice Over Artist & Sound Healer

Changing my self-talk to kindness and compassion Taking more breaks throughout my day Quit drinking Morning Yoga + Evening Running Read more>>