October New Habit Challenge: Day 14: Know Your Natural Approach to Challenge

Today’s New Habit Challenge Tip is…

 Know Your Natural Approach to Challenge.  As we go through life we develop our approach to challenge.  According to researchers this was not a conscious choice, it just became our preference.  Aligning your goals and habits to your preference will ensure the habit you are creating works effectively for you.

Researchers in the 1960’s discovered humans are born with four primary ways to approach challenge:

  • Analytical:  Reasoning or acting from a perspective of the part and their interrelationships.  This is a logical “prove it” approach.
  • Procedural:  Process oriented, methodical.  Step 1 then Step 2.  Systematic.  Based on proven methods.
  • Relational:  Collaborative.  Shared.  Group Effort.  Welcome insights from others.
  • Innovative:  Creation of new ideas or things.  Forward looking.  Ahead of current thinking.

At puberty the brain shuts down half of the approaches to challenge, so the individual focuses on the two that seemed to have been the most valuable so far.

When it comes to creating new habits it is probably wise to make sure your new habit follows your approach to challenges.  If you strategized and came up with your own motivating habit you probably crafted a habit that follows your approach.  If you took on someone else’s idea and you are struggling with it, you may need to adjust it to fit your approach to challenges.

Let’s put this into an example:  Suppose your goal is to lose weight and exercise…

The ANALYTIC, with the logical approach, may choose to explore the diet and exercise connection and research the most effective weight loss program available.

The PROCEDURAL approach might be to start slow and build up with a detailed training plan or do what has worked for them in the past.

The RELATIONAL person may opt for training partners, classes, or join a sports team.

The INNOVATOR may seek out new cutting edge classes or alternative exercise activities like kickball.

If you are struggling with your new habit, consider changing it just slightly to match your preferred method of dealing with challenge.  When your new habit resonates with your natural approach to challenges you will find it much easier and more fun to achieve.

If you would like support in creating new habits that could increase your life satisfaction consider my FREE Program 30-Days to a New Habit.  You can receive the 30 daily action plans via daily e-mails when you send a blank e-mail to new_habit@weber.com

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