Habits... Are your habits serving you?
What are they and how do we get them?
Habit 1.a. A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition. b. An established disposition of the mind or character. 2. Customary manner or practice.
I have always struggled with consistency. I’m uber creative and an idea machine but these days ask me to do something every day and you can just forget about it. In truth this is something that I’d really love to change. In fact I am setting the intention to create four powerful habits over the next four weeks. You're invited to join me.
Back in my VLC days I cultivated a very disciplined life. I use to journal every day, meditate, write, do yoga and so on. These are practices that I miss. I still do all of those things but not consistently, not every day as a practice. They are not my habits.
I feel that I use to be more disciplined, when my daughter was little, before school and homework and swimming, dance, soccer, tutoring, etc… When I was single without a partner with needs and stepchildren. Upon reflection I see that my discipline was in part a byproduct of a much simpler life with less distractions and demands. It was much easier to focus and focusing is something of a struggle for me (ADD!)
Ultimately all of the distractions are really just excuses and at some point it really boils down to choice and how I choose to spend my time. Therefore, I am choosing to spend time renewing four powerful habits. To do this I am revisiting the course I use to teach on building healthy habits.
Habits are developed by repetition whether consciously or unconsciously. Some habits serve our best interests, such as the habits of healthy eating, exercising, meditating. Some clearly do not. How often do we carefully assess and reflect on our habits?
In order to create a more conscious and happy life we must take time to evaluate our habits in detail, from the most obvious to the obscure. Research shows that it takes 21 days to develop a habit. That’s 21 days of meditating, eating healthy, exercising or whatever it is you want to turn into a habit.
It’s through awareness and deliberate practice that we can eliminate the habits that don’t serve our vision and cultivate new habits that do.
So as I rededicate myself to the work that I love, I will rededicate myself to the practices that have yielded success in the past.
To celebrate my renewed dedication I invite you to join me on the brand new Inspired Life Facebook page for a FREE four-week course in cultivating healthy habits, the 30 day HABIT challenge.
Each week we will take a look at the following habits:
The habit of AWARENESS: to be aware is to be conscious, mindful, alert, or watchful
The habit of CLARITY: the absence of obstruction. To be CLEAR is to be free from impediment, obstruction, or hindrance.
The habit of PERSISTENCE: refusing to give up or let go; persevering. 2. insistently repetitive or continuous.
The habit of GRATITUDE: the state of being grateful; thankfulness.
These are four POWERFUL habits and being disciplined about their cultivation will transform your life and create a wellspring of opportunities and possibilities.
Join the Inspired Life Tribe starting this Monday, July 20th right HERE for this exciting challenge. I know we will finish feeling empowered and inspired with some new tools for making our dreams come true!
Blessings of love + light,