In order to achieve your health goals (or any goal for that matter) you have to focus on altering your habits to compliment your goals. (Bad) Habits start off slowly and gradually, and before you know it they are integrated into your daily life. What happens when you adopt a bad habit that is no longer serving you? How do you alter your habits in order to achieve your goals and thrive?
I pondered this concept of altering your habits to achieve success, and came up with an exercise that will bring you more self-awareness and bring you closer to realizing your goals. Grab a pen and paper, and answer the following questions:
What habits are no longer serving me? Under each habit, describe how it makes you feel.
For example, a habit that no longer serves me (and never did) is: Checking my phone and social media repeatedly (every 10-15 minutes). Doing this leaves me feeling overstimulated, overwhelmed, tired and unproductive.
Stating how a habit makes you feel will bring more self-awareness to your actions. Of course you want the best for yourself, so recognizing the negative feelings that follow the habit will only strengthen your desire to change and be your best.
Next, make a list of current habits or actions that serve you. Under each habit, describe how it makes you feel.
For example, an activity that serves me is: Taking care of my body with good nutrition, acupuncture, exercise and massage. After a nourishing meal or a session with my massage therapist, I feel relaxed, fuelled, refreshed, clear minded and strong. These all aligned with my core values and will only get me closer to accomplishing my goals. When you feel your best, you have the strength and power to move forward.
Finally, make a list of habits you'd like to implement. You want to stick to under 5 actions you'd like to implement throughout the upcoming weeks/months. For example, if you want to drink more water, make a conscious effort to drink a cup of water before each meal or right after you wake up. Pairing the action with an existing behaviour will ease the adoption of the habit. Also, be aware of how you are feeling after a few days of implementing the habit. Linking your behaviour to a positive emotion will strengthened your desire to keep it up.
I would love to know, what are habits that are no longer serving you AND the ones that are serving you? At the end of the day, how do you want to feel?
Keep thriving and inspiring!