Flying alone at 14,000 feet Jim suffers a stroke. How will he land safely? Another man’s habits save an entire country from annihilation. These are stories you can’t make up! But you can make up the myths we believe about habits…like how long does it take for a habit to form (hint: it’s not 21 days).
Habits aren’t just about eating behaviors, exercise. They’re not about the big actions that we think make us successful. Instead, habits are thousands of tiny actions that require very little processing power. Enough so that, as researchers have found out. Half of our day is us performing a habitual action. That means half of our day we’re acting, without being consciously aware of our movements, thinking, or impact.
What behavioral changes have you wanted to make but had a hard time accomplishing? And Why?
Try to consider your day, your routine, Walk yourself through the everyday habits that you haven’t had to think about for a long long time. You may be surprised how much of your day is actually done in the Auto Zone.
Choose one. Just one that feels like it’s begging for some attention.
Use the IF/THEN formula
If I encounter situation X Then I will do Y.
Or it may be as simple as
If I come to an elevator Then I will take the stairs
If I feel lonely then I will put uplifting music on in the living room rather than snack on ice cream
If my coworker offers me those brownies again Then I’ll ask for an apple
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