Habits & Change

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As we look towards the New Year, we often think about habits and change.  Did you know that around 40% of everything we do on a daily basis is habitual? This means that a big part of our lives is almost entirely on autopilot!

The thing about habits is they can be broken or redirected to replace bad habits with good ones.  With food, you can substitute foods that are good for you when tempted by foods you enjoy that are bad for you.

Positive thoughts are like healthy food. When we fill up on positive thoughts first, there’s less room for the negative stuff. Redirecting negatives to positives works and the more you do it, the easier it gets.

Think of your habits as your habitat. It takes daily diligence to keep it clean and clear the clutter. Positivity also takes diligence and practice.

Something to Think About?
Most people are more negative than they realize due to environmental and cultural conditioning. We grow up saying and thinking things that color our views, often unconsciously. “Something always goes wrong.” “I never win contests.” “If it’s not one thing, it’s another.” “I can’t win for losing.” “I’ve always been clumsy.” “I’m fat.” Do any of these statements sound familiar?  These statements can begin to affect our attitude and leave us feeling hopeless or out of control. It’s easy to say those things we have always said. But with practice you can change the narrative and change your outcome.

Weekly Activity
No negative thoughts this week.  No negative statements this week. Think you can, think you can’t. Either way you are right.  So let’s think you can!

Words of Wisdom
“A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.” –Mark Twain

“And once you understand that habits can change, you have the freedom and the responsibility to remake them.” –Charles Duhigg

“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” –Abraham Lincoln

“Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.” –Dale Carnegie

“Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.” ―Germany Kent

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