Forgive Yourself and Keep Going. One of the most sustaining things we can do is forgive ourselves. Creating a new habit is not about perfection every time, it is about consistent action until the desired habit becomes an auto-piloted daily action. In the early stages of habit creation you may forget to take your desired action, rush through it, or have to make adjustments to it along the way. That is the process of new habit creation, so forgive yourself of your imperfections and keep going.
Over the last 8 days we have taken a look at a few aspects of habit creation. Today let’s look back over the week so you (and I) can pull out the tips that really work for this month’s habit. I know not all the tips will resonate with each one of you, and that is ok. Just utilize those that connect with you and help you make the desired change.
If you are just joining us today, welcome! Over the month of October I am sharing tips on how to create new habits that lead to goal obtainment or simply the change you desire in your life. Jump in today with that new habit you’ve been wanting to create, but did not know where to start or lacked focus. If you want to make sure you do not miss a tip, go ahead and subscribe to this blog series so the tips land in your in-box each day.
The First 7 Tips of the October New Habit Challenge are:
Tip 1: Engage All Your Senses. When we engage all our senses we fully experience the benefit we seek. Think in terms of sight, smell, taste, sound and touch. All may not be completely relevant, but incorporate as many as possible to allow yourself to fully embrace the change in a positive manner.
Tip 2: Harness the Power of Consistency. At the heart of habit creation is consistent action. Performing your new habit at the same time, place, and circumstance everyday will move this new action from a place of conscious deliberate action to subconscious routine.
Tip 3: Keep it Simple Sweetie (KISS). A habit supports your goals. Goals are typically bigger and possibly complex. Habits are simple behaviors that done routinely help you move towards your goal. Keeping your new habit to a simple, single faceted act ensures consistent action towards your goals.
Tip 4: Trust the Process of Success. Many scientists have established that it takes 21 days for a new habit to become an established subconscious process. During the early days of new habit building your mind is still figuring out how to make this new habit a part of daily life. There are obstacles and old habits that this new process needs to navigate or bypass. Allow yourself to go through this process of new habit creation and you will establish your own process of success.
Tip 5: Replace Lost Needs. Sometimes a habit we are not all that happy with is actually fulfilling some type of a need. If we are going to make a successful habit change we need to identify that lost need and figure out how to find fulfillment in another way.
Tip 6: Three Zones of Comfort. When it comes to behavior change, goal setting, and new habit creating there are three zones of comfort. One zone will not challenge you or lead to lasting change. One zone will require a lot of effort beyond what is necessary or productive. One zone will require some attention and focus, but the effort will build you and turn your new habit into a comfortable practice.
Tip 7: Set an Anchor. The process of anchoring is associating a sound, phrase, or behavior with a response, typically a desired emotional state. Similar to the pavlovian dog that salivates at the ring of a bell, you can select your own anchors and associate those with specific responses that serve as a reminder or facilitate an emotional state change that helps you perform your new habit.
So how is this process of new habit creation for you? If you have any questions let me know, if I do not have an answer for you I’ll do some research on that area and offer assistance in a blog post or directly respond to your comment. Maintain or increase your consistency this next week, pick a few other tips that resonate with you, and come back this week. I have many more tips on new habit creation to share with you throughout the rest of the month.
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