Learning about Habits
I admit that I’ve become obsessed with habit building books. I have a list* of go to books when talking to family, friends and general strangers when it comes to habit building. I’ve been making my way in spurts through Atomic Habits (James Clear). This newest book will definitely be added to the list. Here’s a few concepts that I’ve learned and have implemented in my life to date.
The basic structure of this concept is that you take a new habit and couple it with an already established habit. I’ve tried this with wanting to post more on my blog. Last week, immediately after my journaling/devotions, I pulled out the computer and immediately wrote a blog post.
I was able to do this several times, so I know there is a possibility of making this a concrete habit. I’m looking to exploring this in other areas such as health and fitness.
It’s about coupling something you want to do with something you need to do. I stumbled upon this concept a few years ago with my cycling/gaming approach (stationary bike, people!). It’s a hard and fast approach to exercising that has worked for me. Although this concept has worked in one area of my life, I’ve not explored it in other areas. Now that I am aware of the idea, I am already exploring how to fully utilize this idea.
Reprogramming to Enjoy Hard Habits
Another idea is tricking your brain into enjoying hard habits. We tend to use phase “have to” when we know we need to do something, however, having that mentality makes it more difficult in the end. Instead use the phrase “get to”. List out the positives of embracing these hard habits. Talk about those benefits out loud. I don’t know what it is, but speaking positive often brings it into being.
At the end, I am working towards building and fine tuning a solid art creating process. From the moment I get up to the time I lay my head down, I want to be in a state of flow. It sounds crazy just thinking about it, but I know it is possible.
We’ll get there.
*book list: The Power of Habits, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way,