So, lately I've been on here writing about my thoughts on habits. Because... it's what I'm dealing with right now. I'm not naturally a scheduler. I don't like routine, or doing anything for more than a few days in a row. So... for me to be writing all these tips is kind of a BIG DEAL. 😬 (I'm right in the thick of learning this, guys.)
I'm working diligently on these routines because I know that if the basics of life are on auto-pilot, then I will have brain space to think about the stuff that REALLY matters.
The stuff like my long-term goals. Plans for my business, plans for our family & personal lives, and BIG dreams I'm working on with a non-profit I'm helping to start, The Awaken Collective.
So here are 4 THINGS you should always remember about sticking with habits:
(I'm working on these, too!)
Consistency over Perfection.Every. Time. It doesn't matter if you do it every day. It matters that you get up after a failed attempt. It doesn't matter if you miss three days in a row of working out... it matters that you get up on the fourth and break a sweat. Repeat this with me: Consistency Compounds. Consistency Compounds. CONSISTENCY COMPOUNDS!
We will stop EVERY. TIME. - if we have a "WIN or LOSE" mindset.It's not about failing vs. winning. If you have ever run a race, or know someone who has run a race... do you think they've failed if they cross the finish line later than some of the other runners? Or did they win the instant they put their foot in the race? It's about putting one foot in front of the other, and getting closer to your end goal. It doesn't matter how long it takes... what matters is that you're putting in the work.
Make them TANGIBLE.There is something REALLY powerful in getting to see or hold an example of your hard work paying off. That's one of the reasons I'm obsessed with Habit Tracking... because at the end of the month, I can actually SEE my daily habits in front of me! I can see how consistent I was... and MAN, does that feel good.
Re-visit your goals!A few years ago, one of my goals to lose weight. Now, at the heart of this goal is a HABIT: consistent exercise. As I began exercising, I realized just how AWESOME that endorphin rush is! 🙌🏻 I've been totally imperfect in this habit. I've missed days (weeks), but I keep trying. And in the course of a few years, my core motivation for this goal has totally changed (Being STRONG trumps being SKINNY every day of the week! 👊🏻). It is SO important to check in with your reasons for your habits... because that core motivation is what keeps us going. If you're motivating for the wrong reasons, you're going to have a harder time sticking with it for the long run.
Do you have a big goal or habit you're working on?
Here are a few other blog posts about habits & goals you might enjoy!
- How Habit Stacking has helped me create routines (that I don't hate!)
- How I keep track of what's Important.
- How Personality Typing has helped my habits.