Building Habits

Posted January 15th, 2013 by Lisa. Comment (0).

I heard once that you have to do something 7 times before it’s a habit… or maybe it was 13. Huh? I bet it’s different for everybody but moral of the story is that it’s quite a bit. Think about it in your life. What habits do you have and how long did they take to become habitual? I wake up EVERY morning and eat breakfast. First thing in the morning. Is it because I’m starving hungry in the morning? No. Is it because I have done it since I was a day old. No. There have been times in my life that I didn’t eat breakfast each and every day. But if you think about it I bet it took some dedication to get back into eating breakfast.

What healthy habits are on your New Year’s resolution lists? Do you want to spend more time with your family? Read more? Eat more vegetables? Stay in touch with your friends better? What is it?

Write it down. Seriously. Look away from your screen take out a sheet of paper and write it down.

I want to tone up my arms

Now underline it. Seriously, go do it!

I want to tone up my arms.

Okay now think why is this important to me? What will it help me do? Who will it help? Why should I do it? What made me set the goal in the first place.

Now write that underneath the goal. Be honest. The truth hurts but you have got to be honest with yourself.

I want to tone up my arms because they used to be so nice and muscular. I used to be proud to wear short sleeved shirts and not worry about the skin hanging down. I know that as I get older it will only be harder so I want to do it now before it is too late.

Great. How we’re getting somewhere. We know what you want and why you want it. Guess what the next question is. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET IT?

Next line. Write out how you want to get to your goal. Now you remember my post about SMART goals right? Don’t forget. Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timely. The trickiest part is making it measureable and timely. How are you going to track if you’re making progress and what kind of time-frame do you have?

I will do 10 tricep dips, 10 pushups and 10 bicep curls every morning before I take a shower. Each day that I do them I will put a little pink X on my calendar (only I have to know what that means) so I can go back and track my progress every month.

How’s that? Don’t you feel ready to just conquer that goal?! Now don’t forget. It takes many many times of doing something to make it a habit so buckle down. Give yourself one whole month, keep track and look at your progress after a month. I’m betting by then it’ll be so routine that you’d have to try notto do it every day!

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