Habits can be good (regular exercise) or bad (eating lots of sugary food)
The purpose of a habit though, is to make our lives simpler. Your brain has selected some automatic things to do when another thing occurs. For example, when you wake up in the morning, a good habit to get into is go to the toilet, have a wash, brush your teeth and make your bed.
Habits, good or bad, make things simpler - they create lower stress, short term benefit (but may induce stress longer term)
Levering better habits into your life are difficult:
I don't have time
It costs too much
My family will think I'm mad, they won't support me
I don't know how to do it
I don't know what to do at the gym
There are hundreds of possible limiting beliefs on why you could FAIL. Very few of them are actually TRUE.
If the reason is strong enough, the desire great enough you will find a way to do it.
The reason you haven't changed yet is because you don't have your reason strongly enough built in your mind (or on paper)
What you need is a reason. A strong cause for WHY you are wanting to make this change. Without that it will be nearly impossible.
Grab a Pen and Paper - it works better when you write this stuff down because it then physically exists!!
Answer the following 10 questions
1. What is the habit/goal that you want to create?
2. Why do you want to do that?
3. has anyone encouraged you to make these changes?
4. Is it really YOU that wants this change?
5. How will it effect the people closest to you?
6. How will it effect your life?
7. Do you really really want this to change?
8. What about this change is meaningful to you?
9. How ready are you to make this specific change?
10. Are you worried about a problem
11. On a scale of 1 - 10 (with 1 being very unlikely and 10 being almost certain) how likely are you to make this change?
The final question is very important. If you are scoring on the lower end of that scale then it's highly unlikely that you will have the will power to make the necessary changes.
What you can do about that
1. Change the goal/habit to something a bit smaller, more manageable, more controllable. Go through the series of questions again with the newly created goal in mind. Do your answers change?
2. Break a larger goal down into smaller goals and build up to the larger goal over time.
One way to make a habit stick is to pair it with another habit that you already have. So, after you've brushed your teeth maybe there are some stretches or exercises that you really should be doing but never find the time to do it.
When you make a tea/coffee you want to be happier so you have a happy thought about something/someone who you love.
Making changes is usually difficult, embrace the fact that this process will not always be simple, you may have days where you don't achieve the habit change.
Don't change too much at once.
What I suggest is that you make one or two smaller changes at a time. Once you have mastered that over a period of 2 weeks then you can add in another habit that can improve your life in some way.
It's ok to fail.
If you go from never doing something that would be good for you to doing it just once per week, that's an improvement. Once you can do it 5 or 6 days out of 7 then you can consider it a success.
It IS going to take some effort. But if you follow the advice here and the habit help sheets
Download this help sheet to keep you on track.
Keep it somewhere that you will see it every day - specifically somewhere where you can pair it with a usual habit.
Look out for my next few blog posts on tips, hints and ideas to help you change habits so that you can improve:
INJURY and PAIN RECOVERY
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