Creating Healthy Habits
Your habits either serve you or they sabotage your success. Humans are creatures of habit and it can be easy to fall back into those unhealthy yet “comfortable” habits. A habit is a simple form of learning, a routine of behaviour that is repeated regularly. When you repeat this learned pattern it becomes imprinted into your neural pathways. It’s great that you don’t have to learn to drive again, however it’s too easy to remember the habits of chocolates after meals, one too many drinks when you are having fun, or undoing the good work of the week with a big Friday night dinner! You probably know what you need to change don’t you, but if you are reading this, my guess is you aren’t doing it!
Here is a simple process to help you to create new healthy habits.
Pick a new habit you would like to create. If you have found it hard in the past, pick something easy to start with. Imagine that all you have to do is to trial this new habit for 30 days. That’s all. If you don’t like it after this time you can quit and go back to your old ways. This takes all pressure off any internal subconscious resistance to change and makes it easier to get started!
Close your eyes and imagine stepping out to the 30 day mark. Be there right now, and notice how you feel having reached the 30 day mark. Focus on the feeling of having made that change now. Imagine the feeling spreading like a beautiful wave through your body and notice the feeling.
From this 30 day mark, consider the benefits that have occurred by doing this for only 30 days. You created a new habit. You broke the old pattern that had you in its grips. You have now got 30 days of success behind you. Notice again how you feel and as you do, imagine looking to the future and see the new choices and new opportunities you now have.
Ask yourself if this new way of being is worth keeping. Could you continue for another 30 days with this new habit? Remember, if it doesn’t feel good or it starts to trap you, you can always let it go. The good news is that once you have committed to it for 30 days it starts to become imprinted in your neurology. If you commit to another 30 days it becomes even easier and part of your daily routine. At 120 days you may find you cannot live without it!
Give it a go. The results may surprise you. Success breeds success, self belief and personal empowerment. Committing to another healthy Habit creates more success and opens you up to a world of new and endless possibilities! Just imagine where you will be in one months time when you start your journey of change right now?
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