Habit formation and preservation begins with one step…
Literally one step.
That step is ACTION. However, what I really want to emphasize here is the “ONE”. Not two steps, not ten steps. One. Uno.
We, being the silly humans that we are, think that we can change our lifestyles in one day.
Starting Monday, I’m going to wake up early, go to the gym, eat healthy, have no drinks, read before bed and get to sleep early.
Have you heard that before? I know I’ve heard that before. Personally I’ve stated such comedic statements in the past, and also know that I’m not alone in doing so. EVERY week I work with people who ambitiously want to change their lives 10 steps at a time – uprooting their current lifestyle and replacing it with what they would believe to be ideal and get them to their goals. Usually “starting Monday” too 😉
Now, as human beings we are very powerful and very capable – much more capable than we realize. I’m not saying this to mock you. Remember, I’ve been in the same boat time and time again.
What I’ve come to learn though, is for change to happen, we need to start with one thing. We need to stay consistent with that one thing until it becomes second nature, then introduce another thing we want to work on and change.
Yes, it is helpful to plan some things out in advance that you’d like to change, but also have a structure that is adaptable.
The process of habit formation is underrated and under-appreciated. More often than not, certain habits become part of our daily routines and existence through unconscious upkeep rather than conscious, directed efforts.
Habits require care and direct attention. With that, they require effort. Key word – effort. Application and action. Reminding ourselves before, during, and after we do them helps to positively reinforce their existence. Once we get momentum with our effortful actions, the habits start to become more natural. Easier and with less focused effort.
Isn’t that what we want? To be productive human beings and G.et S.hit D.one? To live the lives we want to live and have the freedom to choose? I know that’s true for me. I also know that it comes down to focusing my energy on habits that will serve me towards those destinations. It’s up to me to navigate my sails against the winds and obstacles of life to get me back to land.
So how do we elicit this change? I gave you an idea and I will get into it much deeper so that you can fit it to whatever situation you are currently in.
More on that later…