Hey it’s Rae…. We all have habits that we have formed over the course of our lives and let’s tell the truth, some are good and some are downright evil. These habits can manifest themselves in many different ways; hopefully you have more good habits that can have a positive impact on your life than evil. So if you haven’t already caught on….I am using the term evil a little tongue in cheek, but the fact is that bad habits do have negative and therefore evil consequences on your physical and mental health. But have no fear, you can teach an old dog new tricks and I am going to give you some sage advice about habit forming.
-Habit Creation Does Not Happen Overnight
It took you a couple of years to create the habits you currently have, so why would you expect to change them overnight. In my opinion, the whole statement that it takes “21 days to create a habit” is hogwash! More research than ever before is finding that a 60+ day timeframe is more realistic and a good marker that the habit formed is truly that a habit and not an action. What’s the difference???? An action is something we consciously think about doing, a habit happens unconsciously and almost automatically.
-Pull the Trigger
I think it goes without saying that I am not talking about a gun, but there I said it. I am talking about using the trigger methodology to tie certain daily actions to the habits you want to create. For instance, if the habit you want to create is drinking more water during the day, then use the washroom as your trigger, every time you empty out fill back up with one glass of water. Do this consistently and before you know it you will have created the habit of drinking more water. Apply this to other areas you want to work on and tie them into other daily activities.
-Just Do It
Just start doing the things you want to do and don’t make excuses. If you want something, you have to work at it and it will become part of who you are. That’s all I have to say about that!
Now that you have the tools to get the job done, make sure that you use them. Also, it is very important to be kind to yourself and do not judge yourself too harshly if you fall off track. This is going to be a journey of a thousand miles; remember that is starts with one step and is followed by many more. I guarantee that you will stumble, maybe even fall along the way, but how you get back up and move forward is what counts. Celebrate every win, no matter how small it is, and before you know it you will have more good in you than evil.