After recently beginning to build new habits for my life, I asked the question "Would anyone else like to hear more about the how-to I will be using in the process." Sure enough a lot of people quickly mentioned that they were interested and well now here you have this next blog post as a result!
Okay firstly let me just quickly explain why I chose the image above to go along with this post. It really depicts my approach to habit building perfectly! In order to go from the idea of new habits (Dot 1) to living and breathing them with ease (Dot 21) it takes a number of individual small steps to get you there. Now I know you may be thinking you've heard this all before and yep you probably have! But it is important to remember and fully embrace the concept. It is very easy to be excited for a day or two and write up this whole new vision and approach for your life, but to keep that vision alive each and every day, to get through the tough and gruelling parts, to resist temptation and resistance, and make it achievable; a good plan for the process is required!
So where to start? First of all, start with the question "why start?" Now, to me this is a quick and easy question to answer; are the habits you're currently living by serving you, are you seeing them take you towards a path you desire for yourself? If they are already then you may not need to change a thing. Or as much as your habits are seeing you move forward into the direction you desire, you may want to take it a step further and get even more out of life! The whole idea for building new habits has to start with you first, once you are being productive with your life and with your time, then you can begin building further new habits "for others"; but remember you can't poor from an empty cup, so get yourself right to help others be alright! A common mistake we can all make at times is changing habits at others request and I can let you know from experience that this is not sustainable. The desire for change needs to come from within and the 'why' needs to evolve from within you. If you have your strong 'why' in place then you will be able to get through the process of breaking the old habits and establishing the new. It's definitely never easy so the reason has to be strong!
The List Step one. Make a list of a number of habits that you honestly know are not serving you in your life, habits that aren't taking you another step forward each and every time, habits that perhaps you never use to have or do in the amount that you are now, or perhaps positive habits that you used to follow frequently but aren't anymore. It is not to say you have been wrong for doing things the way you have been, but rather look at it as you have been learning the art of balance and understanding what ultimately serves you in the current/next chapter of your life. I personally came up with a list of 18 habits I wanted to make a change on. 18 habits I knew I needed to re-estab