For the last few months I have decided on a monthly new behavior to solidify in my life. As a result I have transformed my morning routines at work and home with new behaviors and processes that better support my personal life and career. It feels good to have a few more simple processes on auto-pilot. All have really been minor tweaks that have made a world of difference in how I set myself up for success at home and work.
Developing a new habit is about putting a small piece of your life on auto-pilot. As we consistently perform a new activity we start to move a behavior from consciously telling ourselves to perform an activity to an unconscious process. We build new neuro pathways in our brain that incorporates that new habit automatically. All of a sudden we stop beating ourselves up for not having our act together and notice that we have (and can build more) processes that sustain us. And most importantly we develop a track record of success.
Consistently building new habits allows you to establish or add to your track record of success and demonstrates that you can do anything you set your mind and intentions to. Even if your habit is to make your bed every morning the process of turning this from a challenge to a success will show you that you can obtain anything you set your mind to. Every time you see that well made bed before starting the rest of your day will consciously and subconsciously tell you that you are successful and will apply those same success processes to other areas of your life. That one simple new habit will have a positive ripple effect across all areas of your life.
Each day in the month of October I will blog about creating a new habit and share my application of these tips as I create better habits that support my blogging goals. I invite you to join me on this journey by deciding on a new habit that would support you on your journey towards a goal in your life.
This month I have selected a habit to go to sleep by 10PM each night. I have recently been staying up way too late at night instead of getting the sleep that allows me to perform at my best each day and rise early to greet the most productive and creative time of my day with positive energy.
This habit may seem removed from my blogging goal. You may be asking, “Why don’t you just create the habit of blogging everyday?” Well I debated that. I decided to take the approach of creating habits that support those things I want to do in life. Underlying my new habit of getting a good night of sleep is a goal to blog daily, but I know blogging daily will not happen unless I get back on a full night of sleep and early wake up schedule. You see my most productive and creative time of the day is mornings and if I am going to blog it is in the mornings. When I stay up too late at night I exchange blog time for late night time. So going to bed at 10PM will allow me to wake up at 5AM to greet you each morning right here on my blog.
Are you joining me for this new habit challenge? If you are, please select your habit to create now. You can chose a specific goal, like blogging daily, or one that supports a goal, like a full night of sleep. Please let me know you are joining me for this months challenge in the comments section of this post. And let me know what habit you are creating. Then if you need a daily reminder subscribe to this blog and receive the daily posts for the challenge of the month in your daily e-mail.
Thank you for joining me and I’ll meet you here tomorrow.
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