Healthy Habits – LESSON 1: Choose Wisely
Developing (and keeping) healthy habits is something that has really sparked my attention over the last few months. After reading Gretchen Rubin‘s book “Better Than Before” (which I HIGHLY recommend), I started thinking about my own daily habits.
Which habits should I nurture?
Which habits do I need to break?
Which habits should I start?
I had big visions of starting a private Challenge Group to share tips about habits, but realized this info is too good to limit to a small group. So instead, I’m going to share a few of those lessons with you right here.
So let’s begin.
LESSON 1: Choose Wisely
Before we can grow a habit, we need to pick which habit(s) is going to give us the most bang for our buck, because let’s face it, I doubt any of us are sitting around in the afternoon feeling like we have too much time on our hands, right?
Here’s a few things to consider when deciding which habit(s) you want to work on this month:
Is your habit aligned with your bigger goal(s)?
Each of us should have a vision for our life–a distinct image of the person we need to be to have the life we are trying to create. Once we have that end-goal in mind, we can reverse engineer our daily habits.
Take a moment to consider your Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs). What can you do this month to move one steps closer to achieving that goal? Is there a habit you could nurture, break or start to help?
Does your habit matter?
Now that you have a good habit or two that’s aligned with your vision, make sure it matters. There are plenty of good habits out there, but which one(s) will help you the most? That’s a good one to consider this month. Remember, put your blinders on and focus on the end-game.
Consider the U-factor
Rubin has a wonderful saying in her book where she reminds herself to “Be Gretchen” (which of course is easy for me to remember!). This means when you are selecting a habit to grow this month, don’t forget to put yourself…your real, raw, vulnerable self…in the equation.
Are you a morning person? Do you need outside accountability to meet goals or are you highly self-motivated? Do you tend to shoot too high with your goals or too low? Are you the type who over-commits and under-delivers?
Take “you” into consideration and identify a habit that will challenge you but is still achievable.
It’s been shown time and time again that emotion can be the “wow” factor that moves people from mediocrity to a level of success. This applies to our habits as well. When selecting your 1-2 target habits of the month, think about why these habits are important and what it will be like to have successfully implemented them. If imaging this new habit as a part of your daily life doesn’t doesn’t send tingles down your spine, maybe you need to reconsider.
The final, but perhaps most important tip for considering your habit is to ask yourself, “Did I pick this habit for ‘me’ or for ‘them’?” If no one knew about this habit, would it still be important to you?
If you are picking this habit for anything but personal reasons, save yourself the heartache and drop it right now and start this process over. You are striving towards becoming the person God created YOU to be, not anyone else. Focus on the habit(s) you need to be that person. Never forget to be you!
Thanks so much for joining me on this journey!
Need an extra boost nurturing, breaking or starting a new habit this month?