Humans are creatures of habit. Whether good or bad habits, these shape our day to day rituals of how we act, perform, behave and think. Wherever you are in life or business, its the day to day habits that have got you there. These take time in itself to form; they are deep rooted to your past. There shaped from you past experiences, how you interpret things and how you view the world. Like any habit, it can be changed over time with recognizing them first and then making a conscious effort to change them into a positive one. In today’s blog I will be going over how bad habits for and how to recognize them so you can start to develop good ones for a much happier life.
The hardest thing about changing any bad habit is because when it is formed over years and by getting comfortable and when we have been doing the same thing over and over again it’s going to take a lot of time to change. To change anything in your life, it starts by first recognizing it. I used to have a unhealthy habit when I got home late from work with grabbing a bag of chips and a can of pop, sitting in front of the television for a few hours and then going straight to bed. I knew this was obviously unhealthy of me, mentally and physically and after doing this daily routine for so long I got complacent and didn’t feel like changing.
What I learned I had to do next was make a decision to change that habit and work at it every day until it was replaced by a healthier one. I knew that nothing would change until I made a decision to live a healthier life and get out of my comfort zone. This was easier said than done and toke a while but with some persistence and by making a choice to eat a healthier snacks instead of chips I changed that routine eventually. Another aspect that helped me was by committing to yourself that I truly wanted to make a positive change in my life. The biggest benefit I have seen in my life with changing old habits is by taking daily action. You can tell yourself all you want that you want to do something differently but until you take action, nothing’s going to change for you. By taking action and seeing results in the early stage will give you more motivation than anything else. And once that change starts to happen, like any habit working on it daily will start to become natural to you until you start to do it automatically without giving it any thought.
I can promise you changing a bad habit to a good one is going to be a daily battle with the mind. You will want to quit many times but knowing deep down inside the benefits that await you will get you though these tough times. Along with that, knowing yourself is going to help also. What triggers do you have? With going to the gym, are you not going to go if you come home right after work instead of heading straight there? When buying unhealthy things at the grocery store, does shopping hungry make for bad buying decisions? Triggers like boredom, anger, fear or anxiety are character defects that lead many down the path of destruction of bad habits. You have to really know yourself to make positive changes. If you have tried to change things in the past with no success this is a good place to start and see what you need to do differently than before to make a good habit stick.
Knowing yourself, your history of habits and devising a plan to change is really going to help you now and in the future. I highly encourage you to keep a journal of this new journey to a positive change and keep track of all the progress along the way. Write down your plan of action and why you want to make a change. This will help you stay motivated when you feel like slipping back to your old ways. Writing down even the small changes you start seeing is going to add more fuel to keeping motivated. You should track how you feel, why do you want to continue and what are the benefits to it. Having positive words of affirmation go along ways with change. Even using visualization of the future “you” is going to help you in this journey. Visualization is a powerful tool that has been used by the greatest athletes in history. When you are able to capture in your mind the person you want to become you will subconsciously start to act that way as though you have already become that person.
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Manjit Rukhra, Your Results Coach to Real Estate and Entrepreneurship Excellence.