Welcome to Day 7. Today let’s take a look at our new habits and get a feel for how it is going.
Three Zones of Comfort. When it comes to behavior change, goal setting, and new habit creating there are three zones of comfort. One zone will not challenge you or lead to lasting change. One zone will require a lot of effort beyond what is necessary or productive. One zone will require some attention and focus, but the effort will build you and turn your new habit into a comfortable practice.
The Three Zones of Comfort are:
Comfort: The realm of existing habit. This is where your existing habits reside. Consider your existing habits, like washing your hands before handling food or brushing your teeth in the morning, these are non-negotiable and practically on auto-pilot. You semi-consciously do them and when you don’t you feel off and need to back track to get these done. Here on Day 7 if you are feeling your new habit is in your comfort zone, you may have chosen a new habit that was too small, or one that you already have, it just needed a bit of focus. If you would like to stay with the process and add a bit more to your habit you may find you can accomplish even more than you originally set out to achieve.
Stress: Challenge is far beyond current experience. You are overwhelmed and anxious because the goal or new habit is too big or your skill set is not matched to your undertaking. If you are feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed about the new habit you selected a few changes may be in order. Break down the habit into smaller chunks and honestly evaluate the match between your skills and the habit you are looking to create. Most of the time the mismatch is because the habit it too big and just needs to be broken down into a smaller chunk or you need to build up your skills in preparation for this new habit. If you are finding yourself in the stress zone, just make a few adjustments and stick with the process.
Stretch: Activities feel a bit awkward and unfamiliar, but this is where true change occurs. This is where I would like to see both of us functioning at this point in the new habit process. This is where we need to focus on our new habit, occasionally remind ourselves we are creating a new habit, and stick with the process so we can make positive and meaningful changes in our lives.
Evaluate which comfort zone you are in with this new habit. If you are over stressed and ready to give up or feel this new habit process is a synch and ridiculous make an adjustment today so you feel stretched, slightly awkward, and a bit unfamiliar, but hopeful and assured that this process will work with consistent action.
My new habit is challenging me, I have to admit I am more often asleep around 10:30 and up around 5:30, but this is still progress compared to my former schedule. And I am blogging daily so I do feel this sleep habit is supporting my blogging habit. I feel stretched, but not overwhelmed and not too comfortable.
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