Form One Good Habit at a Time

11 Mar

Forming one good habit at a time is the best path to the lifestyle that you desire. When we have a list of things we want to improve in our lives (eat healthier, do more sport, get more fresh air, spend more time with family, learn an instrument…), it is very easy to be overwhelmed by all of the changes we need to make in order to make them happen. This can paralyse us into not doing anything at all, because we can’t imagine being able to manage everything at once.

Yet when we form one good habit at a time, we allow ourselves the time to introduce a small change into our lives. Our everyday life isn’t overthrown by this new habit, which makes it easier for us to integrate it into our current routine. A month ago, I stopped drinking coffee in the morning; two weeks ago, I started eating a healthier breakfast; and last week I started doing regular exercise. Giving myself time to get used to these changes made it easier for me to keep them up.

Modern trends advertise fast results, that require extreme changes in our lifestyle. However, a study carried out by Phillippa Lally showed that, on average, it takes around 66 days for us to form a habit. Lasting results come about from continued effort. If we persist, slowly but surely, with a new good habit, we will benefit from all the positive things that this brings into our lives. And to make this easier, we shouldn’t try and achieve everything at once, but take it one step at a time.

2 Responses to “Form One Good Habit at a Time”

  1. John Archer 11/03/2011 at 15:22 #

    Are you ever right on! Yes – the coffee. It’s coffee for me too. It’s funny how life goes in cycles. For me, my wheel of cycles seems to have coffee as the hub. When things get too crazy, I stop drinking coffee. It takes great will but when I do it, everything else seems to begin changing. Something magical happens and the quality of my food changes. I start to look after my body in all ways including a stepped up exercise program, more regular yoga – more regular meditation – you name it. It all happens with one change in a bad habit. this subject requires a complete essay, but this is the gist of it.
    Thanks for the inspiration “love Out Loud”.

    . . ./John

    • l0ve0utl0ud 16/03/2011 at 11:11 #

      It’s so great to get your body into a healthier routine. It takes time, but the results are worth all the time and effort!

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