It is Day 5, you may be experiencing great success, great frustration, or somewhere in between. If you are leaning towards frustration on this scale of success that is ok, frustration means your mind is seeking the answer or a better way. Frustration is a portion of the path to success, trust the process.
Today’s New Habit Challenge Tip is…
Trust the Process of Success. Many scientists have established that it takes 21 days for a new habit to become an established subconscious process. During the early days of new habit building your mind is still figuring out how to make this new habit a part of daily life. There are obstacles and old habits that this new process needs to navigate or bypass. Allow yourself to go through this process of new habit creation and you will establish your own process of success.
With my new “bedtime” habit there are plenty of obstacles and old patterns that I need to negotiate just to get to bed at 10PM and up at 5AM. Here I am on Day 5 and I still have not done it “perfectly”. Old habits reveal themselves and new obstacles fall into my path.
I like going to bed and hanging out there with a book, tv, or my iPad and Words with Friends. When I get up at 5AM I am hungry before I leave for the office, now instead of grabbing something to eat when I get to the office I need to eat something before I leave. None of these are insurmountable; they are simply new patterns to establish.
The great thing is I am seeing progress. Even with just 5 days under my belt my mind is waking before my alarm. By getting up earlier I am also consistently getting to work earlier, which (when I do not have a conference call with Hong Kong) allows me to get home earlier. I actually have time before dinner to hang out at home.
My conscious and subconscious minds are gathering the positives of this new habit and working through the change. It is not perfect yet, but habit change is not about perfection it truly is about progress and sticking with it.
How is it going for you? I would love to hear about your experience on this journey of new habit creation.
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