I recently saw this list on Instagram:
I shared it to Facebook with the following message: Simple enough.
It is and it isn’t. While theoretically it is simple, the application part isn’t.
When people see a list like this one, they either want to go all in or they feel overwhelmed and don’t get started at all.
While there’s nothing wrong with going all in and working on all five at the same time, I would like to suggest a more moderate approach. Over the next few columns, we’ll dive in and do some deep work one at a time.
I’m a firm believer that it’s important to get a handle on one habit change or reinforcement before adding something else. If you jump to the next one too soon, the one you’ve been working on falls to the side.
In effect, you want to have such a good handle on each habit change that it’s a part of who you are and you don’t even think about it. It’s just something you do. It’s part of your identity.
I know I’ve written blogs on a couple of the topics, so my goal will be to give a refresher, direct you to where you can read a previous blog on the topic, and then add some new material that will add value to what you already know.
The key to working on any habit change is that even though your head knows what you to do, your heart has to be in it. I’ve known many highly intelligent people who know what they “should” be doing but they don’t do it, because they haven’t discovered a “good enough” reason for doing so.
No one can tell you what your “why” is. For some it’s so they can have more energy to keep up with their kids, others say it’s because they want to be more healthy for their loved ones, and still others say it’s because they want to look good.
Your “why” is personal and it’s unique to you. So, start there. Know what your “why” is by the next column and get ready to roll.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.