“I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half of the things you do you might just as well turn over to me and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly. I am easily managed – you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically. I am the servant of all great individuals and, alas, of all failures, as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine, though I work with the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a human. You may run me for profit or run me for ruin – it makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you. Who am I? I am Habit.”
I have often said that one of the most important aspects of a healthy life is consistency. Doing the right thing in a smaller way more often will yield higher dividends over time than doing the right thing in a big way just once in a while. It is our minutes that shape our hours, which turn into days, weeks, months, and years. The fabric of your life is woven by the patterns you choose to allow to dominate.
I promise you that you already have at least SOME good habits in place in regard to your healthy lifestyle. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Be grateful for the good stuff you’re doing! I can guess however that there are some habits that have crept in over a long or short time that seriously need to be evicted from your life. It’s not easy to break bad habits, but definitely possible! Identify a couple of bad habits you’d like to break and put yourself into Boot Camp for 3-4 weeks- pay attention to the habit- be disciplined- be clear about your objectives. In the place of the habits you’re breaking, start some new habits! The good things you keep meaning to do but have never successfully integrated into your real life.
Here’s an example. You’ve gotten into the habit of eating not so good stuff while you watch TV. For the next few weeks start your new habit of working out instead of eating while you watch TV. Sit on a ball. Use weights or bands. Stretch. Park your cardio machine in front of the TV. I promise you that in a few weeks this will be your new normal and it will be WAY less of a struggle. You will have successfully CHANGED a habit!
Keep a journal if you can- remind yourself why you are doing this! If you are clear in your goal setting you will be more motivated to do what you need to do to get a new result. “Do what you’ve always done and you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
So if what you have is not working for you, time to change the habit! Yes, you can do it!
“First we make our habits, then our habits make us.
Good habits once established are just as hard to break as are bad habits.” Robert Puller
I have gotten into the GOOD HABIT of being a GAMMA!
Emmy will be a big sister and an Aunty in May! Here’s my daughter, daughter-in-law and the adorable Emmy!