You, my friend, are a creature of habit.
Yes you are!
You may tell me you don’t drink, don’t smoke and don’t pick your toenails while you watch TV – but I bet you have some habits – guaranteed in fact.
Do you get up at the same time each day, put on the same clothes, drink coffee from the same cup, shop at the same stores, drive the same route to work or order the same thing for dinner?
Be honest with me here. How much of that stuff do you do on autopilot and how many times are you making conscious, deliberate choices?
Now don’t get me wrong. Not all habits are necessarily bad – the mind needs habits, or else there’s just too much information to process, to decide every single thing throughout the day, it’s just too much, so we form habits to make life easier.
The problem comes when you’re not in control of your habits, and those habits become your entire life.
So the question is, how many of your habits are ones that you deliberately created?
Whoa! Did you see what I did there?
I just gave away the recipe to the secret sauce!
Creating new habits
You wanna know the secret to the good life? Well that’s it right there: Create good habits.
90% of the time you’re just going to do that thing that you always do, without thinking about it – that’s the way it works, it’s all subconscious. No point arguing with it – you have a subconscious mind for good reasons, and most of the time it’s in charge.
The trick is to create new habits – good habits – habits that take you in the direction that you want to go, towards the life that you want to live.
So what sort of habits do you want to create?
You might create a habit of taking care of your health, eating right, getting fit. You know the things you should be doing! Eat better food, drink more water, get to the gym and exercise daily. You know all this stuff, but how much of it are you doing?
Or you might create a habit of feeding your mind with some good information. Subscribe to a newsletter that gives you that good information and then, better still, create a habit of acting on that information. Don’t just read it – act on it!
Create a habit of learning.
Create a habit of action.
Can you imagine what your life would look like if you changed your habit of watching TV to a habit of reading personal development books, or learning to code, or writing blog posts, or building affiliate sites?
Or what YOU would look like if you developed the habit of going to the gym and working out every day?
Imagine it, and then create it.
How to create habits
30 days. That’s all it takes. You’ll see different numbers for this, but you can do anything for 30 days, right?
Remember, this isn’t permanent yet. This isn’t forever, unless you choose it to be.
So, to create a new habit, make a conscious decision to do that new thing, every day for 30 days. And at the end of 30 days, you get to choose. You ask yourself “Is this new habit improving my life? Do i want to keep it”.
And 30 days is long enough to see results. Do you like the results. If you do then you keep doing it – and it;s easy because you’ve created a habit but, if you decide it’s not for you then let it go – move on. But at least you got to try it out, and now you know.
Welcome to the ride
You need to know this: Making a new habit can be an emotional rollercoaster. At first it’s going to be new and exciting – happy days, this is easy!
Then you’ll go through the “Man this sucks, it’s a stupid idea, I’m want to kill things” stage. Especially so if your new habit is diet related.
Then there’s boredom.
And then, eventually, you see some results and you start thinking this might actually work.
Sticking to the 30 days
Want to make sure you stick to it? Get yourself some accountability. Get a friend to call you up every day and ask if you’ve been to the gym, or read a book, or whatever you decided to do.
Or join a group where other people are doing a similar thing and you can share your experiences.
Or write a blog post, or put a video on YouTube every day for 30 days, sharing what you’ve learned.
Videos are my favorite – I find that when I commit to that, finding something to talk about every day, and not wanting to admit, in public, that I’ve Missed a day, keeps me on track and distracts me from any discomfort that my new habit might be causing.
What happens next?
What happens at the end of 30 days when you’ve got a new habit up and running? You’ve chosen whether you’re going to stick with it or drop it. But then what?
Well then you choose again.
Look at your life. What needs attention? What new information have you got? What could you take action on? What new habit could you start?
Pick one – and start it. Every 30 days, a new habit. A new habit that takes you in the direction you want to go, that helps you create the life you want to be living.
Conclusion – Don’t fight your mind!
You will live by habit – that’s just the way your mind works, so don’t fight it. Embrace it.
Make a habit of creating habits!
Create a new habit every 30 days for a year. Too much? Well be easy then – take a break – start a new habit every other month.
Just six new, self chosen habits and in a year you’ll change your life forever.
And you’re welcome.
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