It’s January 20, and I find myself wondering how many folks have abandoned their New Year’s resolutions. Do you find yourself setting, what seem to be, attainable goals to get your new year off to a healthier, happier you … only to discover disappointment before you get 3 weeks under your belt? Read on.
Habits and routines have always intrigued me. Many set themselves up for disappointment over, and over again by not creating a plan for action. Others love to plan, plan, plan, BUT have little understanding of how habits emerge and how routines are created. Therefore, even though they have a good plan, they struggle to close the loop and reach the desired result.
Habits are powerful … they shape our lives far more than we realize. Our brains cling to them. Our brain is constantly looking for ways to save effort. As a result, habits emerge … without permission. What if 40% of our actions performed every day were not actual decisions but habits? Ponder the power behind automatic behavior vs. taking time to make decisions.
As our habits change, so does our brain, and old impulses are crowded out by new urges. The hardest part is taking a new routine seriously enough to stick with it long enough to create the habit. This is why we often encourage people to start small and add to the routine. Just because someone decides to enter a triathlon doesn’t mean they can swim, bike and run the distance over night.
Let’s take housekeeping as an example. We rarely take a team into a disorganized house and completely organize it without coaching on the importance of planning and establishing routine. Otherwise, the house would be back in a state of chaos within one month as a result of bad habits emerging, and we would be responsible for enabling subpar behavior.
Once good habits emerge in a never resting household as the result of sticking to a routine for at least one month, it begins to run like a well-oiled machine. When crisis comes, certain habits stay in motion while others are put on hold temporarily. The beauty in the temporary is that the good habit will continue to emerge and the brain will automatically know when to allow it back into the regular rotation of activity.
Habits can be changed because we now know how they work. While this isn’t rocket science, it isn’t easy just because it seems simple. Consider allowing one of our team members to walk alongside you to explore the power of your habits. Through the end of March we are discounting our regular consultation rates by 20% to help you establish life-changing habits that last … not resolutions that won’t. Please remember, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish if you get your habits right.