There are so many powerful things we do each day that we are never aware of. Actions that shape the success of each and every day from the moment we wake to when we go to bed. Believe me, these are not all positive actions!
Many of them are simple habits that we have created either knowingly or unknowingly through repetitive actions until they started to stick.
The good news is that through repetitive purposeful action you can create new habits or alter current ones by pairing or stacking them with other habits. The not-so-good news is that creating new habits takes some serious awareness and a plan.
Remind yourself of this…
It is going to take a lot more mental energy during the early stages of creating a new habit as opposed to the later stages.
This is where most people give up because it just seems way too hard. It takes too much out of us.
This is because you have to think about it a lot more. You need to continuously remind yourself of what you are doing or not doing. During the initial stages, you lack automation. You have not grooved this habit into your daily routine as a part of who you are.
Here is the good news. The hardest part is the beginning. After a few days, a week, sometimes a few weeks it will start to get easier. It takes less “in the moment thought”.
This is because you have created two things around your new habit.
Now here is what not to do once you have created those two things and it comes from the book “Atomic Habits”…
NEVER MISS TWICE…
“The first mistake is never the one that ruins you. It is the spiral of repeated mistakes that follows. Missing once is an accident. Missing twice is the start of a new habit.” – James Clear