Today’s New Habit Challenge Tip is…
Associate with Role Models. There probably are people who have the new habit you are trying to create. Find these people and learn from them. Observe their actions and behaviors. Your habit is a goal achievement strategy, if you find someone who has achieved your goal or one similar, observe them and talk to them about their habits. Which of their habits support them and which would you like to consider for yourself?
It is always great to have a mentor or role model who can give you advice, but don’t forget to learn from what they forget to tell you too. People often forget that their habits are unique to them. Remember we are attempting to move our new habits from a place on conscious directions to a place of auto-piloted behaviors, or better yet auto-piloted responses to anchors or triggers in our environment. To someone who has already done this, they may not realize all these small habits have lead to their success.
People who are already on auto-pilot often do not realize all that success factors working for them already. They may assume “that is just what people do, don’t they?” No, often that is not “just what people do.” Often we have picked up our own set of behaviors and patterns from others we have been around, we may or may not recognize those behaviors as precursors to success or failure. We may not even realize that we take care of the daily mail within the first five minutes of being home or that we make coffee in the morning instead of purchasing at Starbuck’s. It is just what we do. But if my new habit is to manage my finances better I might observe those two habits in my role model and see those as habits that support better financial management.
My habit of going to bed at 10PM may be a little odd to observe, but I have found myself in conversations about this with others and many people freely share their night time patterns which have given me ideas for new ways to set up anchors and other habits that support this well rested and productive blogger.
Give this tip some thought, find your role models, and observe their habits. Stick with your new habit for this month; do not change even if you see something that might be better. Although you should modify your new habit if you see it is off target. You always have next month if you want to select a different habit.
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