Habits are a project. The bad habits are like squatters. They just move on in and refuse to leave. Oh, we may kick them out for a while, but they can easily sneak back in the side door while we are bolting the front.
So. Incredibly. Annoying.
The good ones though? They are often a brass ring.
We eye it as we go round and round on the bad-habit carousel.
We see it there, standing out amongst all the iron rings – all shiny and hopeful.
Then we reach out when we pass by, sometimes getting a fingertip on it, sometimes even hooking a finger on it.
But only practice, timing, perseverance, and action (aka WORK) allows us to grab hold of that good-habit ring and hang on to it.
One habit that I have really, really, REALLY been wanting to do consistently has been regular writing – like, a daily writing time. But (always a “but” in there, eh?), if I’m honest – all talk, no action is the name of my game on so many of the ideas swirling in my brain.
Except it’s not.
Not when I REALLY want to do something, of course. People do what serves them.
I’ve had some recent experiences that have kept alive my writing goals for this website, my half-written book, my freelance writing for Twiniversity.com (links to my Twiniversity articles are at the bottom of this article), and several other creative ideas.
But, I think that often I try to do too much at one time so it doesn’t stick.
One thing that has helped me recently work toward making small habit changes is Not Your Average Fitness Course.
This is a six-week daily email course about how to implement tiny changes each day to make the good habits you want to create STICK! It is affordable and the private Facebook group is supportive, encouraging, and motivating.
Join me this round! (Note: This is NOT an affiliate link. I’ve done this program and I will be in this round too!)
Don’t let the name fool you.
Yes, it is mostly about implementing tiny life, health, self-care changes each day to create healthy habits. But the concept is applicable to any habit you would like to change.
I currently have two habits I am trying to incorporate into my everyday life in the next six weeks.
- Do the course. Every. Day. (Do not quit on myself)
- Write. Something. Every. Day. (Do not quit on myself)
When I think about all the ways I quit on myself or opt out of participating in my life – it bums me out. (I recently listened to Kick Ass with Mel Robbins on Audible – So. Very. Good. – and one of the sessions/interviews really drives this home. Highly recommend it.)
So the next six weeks is to prove TO myself that I CAN trust myself to keep my word to myself. I’m grabbing my brass Good Habit Ring!
Do you think about things that you’d like to start in your life? Drinking more water throughout the day? Reading more? Learning a new skill or hobby? A daily walk around the block? Spending more time talking with the people you love?
Do you quit on yourself? How? By scrolling Facebook? Playing Candy Crush? Working? Eating?
I hope PLAN to include updates on the Habit Project over the next six weeks. I mean, if I’m doing the course every day, and I am writing something every day, then I will at least be able to write about the doing and the writing!
What good habit do you want to start? What are you waiting for?
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