New Habits

Welcome to 2020!

Traditionally a new year is a great time to create new year’s resolutions to start new habits.

I’ve heard the best of our years are yet to come, and I hope this is true. I know that whether we are 30 or 80, we have already learned habits that lead to both good and bad behaviours that impact every area of our lives.

The good news is that the principles of forming better habits (i.e. starting something new that improves life in any way or stopping behaviours that are self-sabotaging) are the same for any habit.

We’ve said before that starting new habits might be simple, but that doesn’t make them easy. Especially if we want our new habits to last.

This is because when starting new habits, it can seem like everything in life converges to sabotage them. Think of new habits being a little like baby turtles hatching on a beach. Baby turtles are most vulnerable as they leave the safety of a deeply buried egg and set up over the sand towards the ocean. They become exposed to all sorts of dangers, until eventually, they reach a deeper current in the ocean that then carries them along without much effort.

Our habits are also most vulnerable just after we are intentional about making them. We set off with gusto, only to discover it might be harder than we imagined or we run out of willpower, we revert to the way we’ve always done something or we become consumed by the temptation to give up.

And when we slip up, we give up… usually just before reaching the point where new habits enter our subconscious and can be carried along without us really needing to think about them.

Only an estimated one in every 1,000 turtles survive to adulthood. I wonder how many better habits have been started that have never made it to become better behaviours carried out subconsciously without much effort?

Here are 5 application takeaways: 

  • 1
    Only try to change one habit at a time and guard it with your life!
  • 2
    Put things in place ahead of time (support, accountability and encouragement) to protect you from temptations, distractions and old habits. Use any willpower available to enforce those, rather than new behaviours.
  • 3
    Try transferring something that has worked (or not worked) from other past successes and failures. New habit principles apply whether you are trying to be more disciplined with food, physical activity or finances.
  • 4
    When you slip up, get back up! Think of a baby turtle sliding back down the sand as it tries to get out of its nest!
  • 5
    And whatever you do, don’t give up! Not until your new habits are safely established behaviours, carried along without you really needing to think about them any more.

If the ideas in this blog resonate, or you’d like help to make 2020 your best year, we’d love to help. We are hosting an Intentional Health webinar on living a balanced life 21st Jan at 8.00pm

If you would like to join us for this online event as a free guest, please email niky@intentionalhealth.uk and quote COUNTYBLOG, and we’ll send you a special invite link.

Either way, please get in touch and let us know if and how this blog helps you. Please also let us know if there are any topics about health and wealth you’d like us to include in the future.

Niky Dix  •  niky@intentionalhealth.uk 

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