Are you ready to make a change and get healthier, wealthier or more love in your life? Chances are your life is the way it is because of the habits you have. Let’s talk about forming new habits. We all have times in our lives where we intentionally want to change our behavior for the better and create new habits for ourselves. This could be getting in the habit of eating healthier and drinking more water. Or it could be moving more and taking the dog for a daily walk. Or it could be work related, or spiritual, or… There are so many areas in our lives that could be improved and made easier if we created new habits.
Getting into the habit of doing something is often easier said than done. We seem to acquire bad habits without any effort, but getting into a “good” habit can be a little more challenging.
Let’s break it down into a three step process that makes it easy to follow until we’ve internalized the new behavior and made it a true habit – something we do automatically without having to think about, like brushing our teeth.
Decide What You Want To Do
The first step is to decide what you want that new habit to be. Be as specific as possible. Don’t just tell yourself you want to exercise more. Instead say something like “I will go for a 30 minute walk every single day”. Deciding what your new habit will be and committing to when and how you’re going to do it, is half the battle.
Remind Yourself To Get It Done
The next few days should be smooth sailing. You’re motivated and excited to get this done. Sticking to your new habit isn’t an issue. But a few days in you’ll notice that it’s easy to slip back into old habits.
Maybe it’s raining and you don’t really want to go out and walk. Or maybe your day just gets away from you. This is when it’s important to have a daily reminder. Set an alert on your phone or add the new habit to your daily to-do list for a while.
Make It Part Of Your Routine Until It Becomes A Habit
Which brings us to the last step. It takes some time before a new behavior becomes a true habit. Until then, a routine will work to your best advantage. Even before the new behavior becomes automatic, a routine will help you get it done without having to spend a lot of willpower or relying on daily reminders.
Make that daily walk part of your after dinner routine, or change from grabbing a snack at the vending machine at work at 10:00 in the morning to packing a healthy snack.
Congratulations! Decide to create the new habit, practice the routine until it’s second nature and you’ll be well on your way to forming a new good habit.
Nancy Dadami is a Speaker, Feng Shui Advisor, and Destiny Coach. She teaches open-minded people to tap into their personal passion and power so they can make a difference in the world.
Giving Life Depth, Value and Meaning
I have found this item to be useful in deepening my connection and awareness of Soul working through all parts of my life. My hope is that you will find value and meaning when you bring them into your experience too. Please share your thoughts about them, I look forward to your questions and comments.
What beauty is trying to find you
You may already be experiencing the transition into the Year of the Water Snake. The shift from one year to the next creates the energy of change and may bring new opportunities or challenges in your personal or professional life. I have talked with clients that have been fired, been recruited for a new position, resolved problems with family, and filed for divorce. Change is in the air.
On February 10, 2013 the Water Snake year begins which brings possibility for new beginnings and a definite shift in the energies that surround each of us.
As we say farewell to the Year of the Water Dragon we also prepare to welcome the New Year of the Water Snake.
As you look at the list do the tips that you feel drawn to do, they will create the most positive results for you. If you are drawn to all of them, great and if not be willing to follow your inner guidance. Wishing you a smooth transition and a Happy New Year.
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