Quote of (true) AWESOMENESS: “You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine” – John C. Maxwell
Hey, remember, it’s 2019. Here’s to new beginnings. You with me? Don’t let those grades you got last semester or year, the messed up sleeping schedule from last week, and the bad habits you weren’t so proud of stop you from growing and improving and changing for the better. Those are in the past, to dwell on it now won’t have any positive outcomes. Shift your mind from the negative moments you can’t change because all it’s doing is attracting more of it.
Some things you’ll need:
Now, focus on today, focus on right now. Close your eyes for a few seconds and take a breath. You can only improve from here, you got this. Before we begin, we need to remember a very important word, gratefulness. First, be thankful for everything you have and things you have accomplished so far.
– time to proceed –
Before we start, what exactly is a habit?:
- “a particular act or way of acting that you tend to do regularly”- Cambridge Dictionary
- “a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance”- Merriam-Webster
Basically, a habit is this behavior that we have that we tend to repeat again and again, often subconsciously. They say that humans, me and you and everyone else, are creatures of habit. We have our good habits which help us to improve and positively affect us, and we have our bad habits which do the opposite and negatively affect us.
Replacing bad habits with good habits:
Sleeping late often? Eating after midnight constantly? Procrastinating all the time? What is the habit you want to focus on changing? The first part of changing a habit is to be honest with yourself as you identify what it is you want to change. Write down in a place where you will always read it, what you are exactly trying to accomplish.
Start small. Complete your small goals then build up to bigger goals. As you do this, keep in mind the end result. As you have the habit you want to form, visualize it. Rehearse yourself doing it in your mind. And, remember to celebrate the small and the large successes.
*btw: psst… did you know you can’t smile & breath at the same time?
Keep practicing the habit. You’re going to be inconstant in the beginning, don’t be upset with yourself if you forgot to act on your intention. You’re just starting. Be patient and if something doesn’t seem to be working, be willing to revise it. We are not stuck with the habits that we currently have, we can change it and make better habits. You have to believe that you can and you also need have consistency and perseverance.
*jk, I just wanted to make you smile 🙂
© Elizabeth Anne Villoria