October New Habit Challenge: Day 19: Know the Pain of NOT Making a Change

Yesterday we took a look at the benefits you are experiencing as a result of creating this new habit in your life.  Today keep those benefits in mind while you also look at the pain of not making this change.

Today’s New Habit Challenge Tip is…

Know the Pain of Not Making A Change.  After several days of creating this new habit you have experienced many benefits.  Many of those benefits have alleviated pain or stress points in your life.  You have seen how you can create success by following a few simple tips consistently.  Now imagine if you were to disregard this new habit, give me back all the tips, and abandon all the keys to success you have utilized…what pain would you experience?

I know for me I would be back to being exhausted at work and relying on coffee to get me going some days.  Of course I still drink coffee, but I am back to drinking it for the love of coffee, not the dependence on coffee.  I would also be back to spending the bulk of my evenings in front of the tv, especially now that I am back to working 4 very long days in the office instead a 5 typical (with an occasional long one).  I would not be blogging, writing or researching as effectively as I have been.

What is on your list?  What is the pain of not making this new habit a part of your life?  Think back to last month or months before your habit.  What has changed for you this month, which would still be in your life, had you not decided to make this positive change?

It does fascinate me how little changes can have a big impact on our lives.  So many times we get caught in the trap of thinking we need to make a big change to see any impact, but so much of life is about the little things.  It seems like life is best lived in the details.  Making small manageable changes, like new habits, can have impactful lasting rewards.

If you joined me from the beginning of this journey, you are also around Day 19 of your new habit.  Scientist say it takes 21 days to create a new habit, if you are like me this week you are finding the pieces are falling into place.    For me my bedtime is simple to achieve, new night time routines have naturally replaced some of my previous bad habits which kept me up way to late at night.

You may also find the thrill of this success is getting you to think about other habits you could create.  Start a list of the other habits you could create, in a week or so we will start to consider a new habit for next month, but today stay focused on this habit.  Stay with the one new habit this month and solidly embed this habit into your life.  You will continue to find additional benefits of this new behavior and it truly will become a semi-conscious part of your day going into the months and years that follow this.

Keep up the great work.  🙂

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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