If your environment reeks of temptation, new habits are incredibly hard to create. Your environment has a nasty way of talking to your subconscious – so why not set up your home, car and office for success? Example #1: Suppose your new intended habit is to eat less packaged products. Start by removing ALL packaged products from your kitchen. Don’t let the prospect of waste stop you from making the change you want. Donate uneaten items to a food bank. In this way, you make success effortless by simply removing the temptation to fail. Out of sight, out of mind.
Step 3: Tell Someone Else Your Intended Habit and How You Will Achieve It. Be Specific. Accountability is an extremely important aspect of creating new habits. It’s one thing to tell yourself what you intend to do, it’s entirely different to tell someone else. I always tell my clients to verbalize their new habits to me and to at least one other person. Better yet, verbalize your habits to a small group of people for increased accountability. When declaring a new habit, simply saying the words out loud makes your intention real. Telling someone else how you will achieve that habit reinforces your approach. Here are some specific examples that have worked with my previous clients:
Step 2: Be Consistent in Your Approach Consistency is the single most valuable tool in your lifestyle-change toolbox. They don’t call habits “behavioral patterns” for nothing. In the same way that a pattern is a series of repeated elements, a habit can easily be thought of as a series of repeated motions. Let’s imagine that you are trying to establish a morning workout pattern. Create a two-week calendar and visually mark down the days you intend to exercise in the AM hours. Commit to this pattern for two weeks even though it may disrupt your current routine. After two weeks you should feel distinctly more comfortable with morning workouts than you did on day 1.
Habits are powerful creatures, aren't they?! Who has a bad habit(s) they want to break? How long have you wanted to or talked about breaking it? How about a good habit you'd love to make a part of your daily or weekly routine? Please share. What is that habit? I have a healthy habit I'm going after; in bed by 10 pm. Yes!
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