And yet, we do possess the power to change a habit. Afterall, we were the ones that created it in the first place. Habits are nothing more than decisions that we made, once upon a time, with emotion and then we kept repeating this action without thought or usually because we were not mindfully present.
Once a habit is repeated regularly enough and without thought (life on auto-pilot), then it sits in the sub-conscious where it stimulates us to perform certain movements, tasks or thoughts. Habits are learned behaviors. Which is great, because if you learned them, you can also unlearn them (if that is even a word) or replace them with a new habit that will serve you better.
"Healthy habits are learned the same way as unhealthy ones, through practice."
Habits are formed no different than learning to ride a bike or memorize your multiplication tables. I like to think of habits as a dress rehearsal for what is to come. But they don't come easy or often without a fight, ok, maybe struggle is a better word. We humans are creatures of habit. We like them and many of our habits (good, bad or ugly) have been with us for a very long time. Creating new habits might also mean that we need to replace a few old ones in the process.
A Habit Tracker allows you to see patterns. That is when you get to reflect on why certain behaviors or actions take place and begin to make new choices.
Habits hold a great deal of influence over us and direct many of our actions and thoughts throughout the day. Utilizing a Habit Tracker (a habit in itself) is a great way to begin noticing where the disparity between your goals and your actions lie.
You will find the Habit Tracker on the last page of the Gratitude Journal Workbook (see the links above and below), because why not instill a little gratitude at the same time! As you begin using the Habit Tracker worksheet reflect on at least five new habits that you would like to create in your life that will improve your outlook and ultimately get you closer to your goal. What can you do on a daily basis to stay focused and true to the goals you have for your life?
The changes that I am suggesting are small changes, such as: exercise, drinking 8 glasses of water a day, saying affirmations, meditating, eating right, journaling. If you are a business owner you may want to: connect with five old clients a day, add ten people to your email list a day, message or call three prospective clients daily, etc. Be sure to make these tasks achievable, otherwise your sub-conscious will not play along and yet again you will be defeated and be able to tell yourself all of the reasons why you can not live the life of your dreams.
Don't just accept what life dishes out, if you are not living the life of your dreams. You possess the ability to change the path. Yes it takes practice, yes it takes time, yes you may fall, stumble, get frustrated...but what is the alternative? "Old habits do die hard" but they can and they will with some time, focus and belief that you are worthy of everything beautiful and amazing.
Let me know what you discover about yourself while using the Habit Tracker. Did you find it easy to do for a full month? If you stopped or dropped off for a while, what happened? What did you notice? What about your dreams, are you really ready to commit to them?
I can't wait to hear what you find out about yourself. That, my friend, is part of the journey!
Cheers to creating a life you will love to lead.
I have a beautiful life that I created by the thoughts that I think and the action that I took! I hope you find some inspiring thoughts to get you moving. Midlife is a journey where you get to manifest your dreams, using your vision and your words. Come, uncover your new truths.
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