14 May Break a bad habit by establishing a good one
Habits are tricky. They can be wonderful and beneficial or flat out harmful in the short or long run. And while we may know what we want to do differently, doing that different thing can be quite the challenge.
They used to say that a new habit takes 21 days to stick, however, research has debunked that theory because in reality, the chances of that habit actually sticking, really boils down to how challenging that new habit is to execute and amending the habit process.
James Clear has a NYT Bestselling Book called Atomic Habits, that decodes the mystery behind why we do, what we do, without much thinking…you know habits. He simplifies the process and puts the research into practical applications for the reader.
You can read this excerpt on How to Start New Habits that Actually Stick for a glimpse into the process of a habit and the process of changing that habit. It’s really good and so worth your time!
With that said, our mindset plays a powerful role in how successful we are in making lasting change and how we feel about ourselves in general. So regarding mindset, I challenge you to apply these two approaches:
- Positive pitch. I’ve heard that you are the best salesman to yourself. Seriously, we all have that inner voice talking us into (or out of) skipping a workout or whatever tempting thought runs through our mind. So, spin that for good. When you set out on a healthy change, constantly remind yourself of the pros associated with that healthy habit. For example, eating half a plate of veggies at lunch and dinner. Rather than focusing on all of the side dishes you can’t eat because they’re missing a veggie, sell yourself on the sides you can have, plus all of the fiber, vitamins, and minerals that will improve your blood pressure, hydrate your cells, and keep you feeling light instead of bloated. Or brainstorm how you can incorporate veggies into a side dish or entree you already love.
- Progress, not perfection. We all set goals with the aspiration of meeting them. And with enough consistency, flexibility, and grit, chances are you will arrive. But remember to celebrate the small wins along the way and skip beating yourself up if you don’t arrive flawlessly. You are valuable and worth celebrating in every season of life and goal achieving journey.
By Victoria Emmitt RD