Habits are behaviors that we consistently engage in, and then after a while, they become part of us.
The truth is that you develop habits over time, and habits often start as seemingly unimportant actions. Therefore, it is essential to understand that any behavior you believe is a part of you was not initially there. That’s great news because it means that it is possible to change and develop new habits or get rid of bad habits.
One of the best ways to deal with bad habits is to develop new and healthy ones. It is essential to identify the triggers that get you back into patterns you don’t want to engage in. Bad habits could be waking up late, not exercising, eating unhealthy foods, maybe consistently engaging with negative people. It could also be continuing an unhealthy cycle that negatively affects you mentally, physically, or spiritually.
When habits become reactions
The way you respond to triggers can be a result of unhealthy habits. Sometimes we find ourselves defaulting back to certain behaviors based on the things that happen to us. You may find yourself going back to the cycle of evil thoughts, substance abuse, or self-isolation. You may find yourself binge-watching shows instead of using your creativity. When the thrill is gone, you realize how much time you’ve wasted, or opportunities have been lost.
Don’t ever settle and say, “that’s just who I am.”
You can change. There are so many personality tests out there globally, but what people don’t realize is that you can change your habits regardless of your personality type. Don’t default to “that’s just who I am.” I encourage you not to accept weaknesses as unchangeable.
Our habits are the eventual result of our perspectives and attitudes. Attitudes are the most significant factor when it comes to changing your habits. First, you have to change yourself internally. Change how you think. Change your attitude about a situation. But it has to start with believing that there is a better way.
The Power of Future Thinking
A good technique is self-motivation using the power of vision. It’s been such a fantastic way to motivate myself. Use a visualization technique to project the future and think about the benefits. What are the tremendous benefits you will get if you can change your habits or if you can transform your life from moving away from the things that have kept your back?
Visualization Techniques are not that difficult. It’s about thinking about the future. It is about visualizing yourself doing the things you wanted to do and living your best life. Being able to conquer your fears starts from seeing yourself win in your mind. Write down those goals and baby steps, then take that retreat, start that weight-loss program, create a new schedule that allows you to wake up early, read a book, pray, go on a run. Be prepared to do whatever it is that helps you take those baby steps that eventually form better habits.
There is a book that talks about the 5 Second Rule. Whatever you want to do, you count to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and then do it. I love that, and using this method, even though seemingly simple, has changed my life. I created a system, A color code system, that helps me prioritize. I realized that I was getting sidetracked by calls, meetings, and other distractions. I color code things I have to accomplish that are urgent or top priority with the color red. I use different colors like green, blue, and black to boost my focus on priorities.
This system has helped me defeat the monster called procrastination. Procrastination used to be a bad habit that was sinking my productivity and my sense of self-worth. But since I started prioritizing, it has become part of me. I have become more functional, and I accomplish more. I have mastered the art of executing at a top-level. I have been able to focus on priorities and eliminate distractions. I have added time blocks where no one can call me or schedule a call with me, enabling me to grow my business and myself.
Break the Mould
I want to encourage you first to change your attitude. Think about where you want to be. Use the visualization technique, and finally, don’t give up! You will have some days where you fall back into old patterns, but the right attitude is to stop and reset. The worst thing you can do is begin thinking that what you are doing is not working and stopping. I encourage you to find accountability. Have accountability partners that check on you, encourage you, and support you to continue on your journey and become who you were created to be.