Creating Intentional Habits
For many, this time of year brings up the topic of consistency. Wether its the work you’re doing on taking your life or business to another level, or simply your commitment to your hustle. What is it that you do consistently to get the results you want? This question opens our mind to explore our habits deeper and ask ourselves better questions.
The habits that we retreat to daily either support us in moving closer to or farther away from our goals and ultimately, the life that we most desire. If you take a look at a typical day in your life, you’ll likely be able to identify your most dominant habits. The goal, of coarse, is to take full ownership of them, get them aligned with your highest desires for your life, and take that show on the road! However, before we can identify fully with any habit, adopt it, and make it a benefit to our life, we must first consider how habits are formed. Writer, Charles Duhigg, explains it best:
First, there is a cue, a trigger that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and which habit to use. Then there is the routine, which can be physical or mental or emotional. Finally, there is a reward, which helps your brain figure out if this particular loop is worth remembering for the future. Over time, this loop… becomes more and more automatic. The cue and reward become intertwined until a powerful sense of anticipation and craving emerges. How to Change a Habit
For one moment, I want you to consider those cues as thoughts, the routines as the conscious or unconscious actions you take that are driven by an emotion, and the reward as the desired result that you expect from taking a specific action.
Our feelings help produce the results that we see in our life and feelings are always anchored by a thought. When we observe our minds returning to a root pattern of thinking, over and over again, then it can be identified as a habit. However, identifying this root gives us opportunity to develop a better habit, with a reward that we feel good about.
Knowing this, you can clearly distinguish when you are being intentional about creating the habits that will better serve your progression and when you are in the consciousness of only desiring to change. A new habit comes from a new thought and since we have the power to change our thoughts, we have authority to change our outcomes. Your calling must come to pass, but you cannot do it without you!
Doing the work of creating habits that are intentionally progressive, forces you to stay in commitment to your higher vision and active on the goals that will get you there.
5 Ways to Create Better Habits
- Identify the routines that stand between you and what you want
— It’s easiest to identify what we do not want. Consider when you last had a tough time or when you were not getting a result you wanted.
— Choose what’s not serving you in the moment, then define what you believe the “bad habit” is.
- Realize it's just a thought - Asking yourself new questions challenges your beliefs and opens up new possibilities to your brain:
— Who do you say you are with that habit?
— What results do you consistently get with that thought?
— What results do you want to have?
— What thoughts can better support that result?
— What are 3 habits that you can implement now that will move you closer to that result?
- Develop new rewards for your accomplishments
— Rewards should provide affirming gratification to the new thought about who you are.
— When I accomplish this result I will….
- Believe in the outcome you are creating
—Never give up or stop believing and trusting in your ability to succeed.
- Surround yourself with unlimited possibility thinkers
— Check out your circle and get connected or reconnected with with rocket booster friends.
— Share your new practices with others who are committed to going higher and pick up some new habit suggestions from individuals that maintain great levels of success.
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