3 Simple Ways to Commit To New Habits

August 18, 2019

Habits are a powerful thing. But if you know like I do, creating habits can be incredibly hard and sometimes they even feel impossible. Habits, however, are the reason why you aren’t losing weight, why you constantly feel like your schedule is out of control, why you can’t seem to get ahead financially, and why you aren’t doing the work that you love.

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3 Simple Tricks for Creating New Habits

Habits are a powerful thing. But if you know like I do, creating habits can be incredibly hard and sometimes they even feel impossible. Habits, however, are the reason why you aren’t losing weight, why you constantly feel like your schedule is out of control, why you can’t seem to get ahead financially, and why you aren’t doing the work that you love. Surprised to hear me say that? It’s true. It’s not your diet you can’t stick to, and as a matter of fact, you don’t even need one to lose weight. It’s not your job that isn’t fulfilling you. It’s not that your husband doesn’t make enough money or watch the kids while you go work out, it’s not that you don’t have time to cook or pursue your passions, it’s not any of those things.

It is in fact, however, you.

Yes, you are the only reason you aren’t living the life you want.

I’m not saying that to be harsh. In fact, I can personally relate. I have spent the past several months recognizing what wasn’t making me happy and taking full responsibility for each and every one of those things. And to be honest, the list was longer than I was comfortable with. And when I looked at that list, I felt like, what the ‘F’? I literally asked myself, “what the hell are you doing?” I was completely out of alignment and not doing a damn thing about it. So I drew my line in the sand. And took responsibility for my role in what was going on around me. I left a job that different serve me, I recommitted to daily yoga and weekly acupuncture, I paid more attention to the quality of my food, I focused on time with family, I acknowledged who I wanted to spend time with and who I didn’t, I turned down contracts and speaking opportunities, merged all my programs into one, and went to bed before 10 PM.

And you know what happened?

I stopped feeling overwhelmed, I got more done, I used my planner, I hosted events, I was present for every moment with my son, I meditated, my clothes were a little looser, I laughed with my husband more, I planned a family vacation, I created an amazing program for women at risk for diabetes, I created training for my partners, and I never felt like I didn’t have time. What changed? Did I stop working full time? Did I hire an assistant? Did I lock myself in a room and throw away the key? No, none of those things… So what changed? I did! My habits. Me. I stopped trying to change the people/circumstances around me, I just changed me. I took control over what I could control, me and me alone. Now sure, there were things I would have liked to have done, I chose not to do them. I made a conscious decision that I couldn’t do those things right now, but that I would come back to them when I could.

My blog was one of the things I chose not to work on while I took care of other aspects of my life and business. I knew I would be back and I would offer better content because my creative brain would not be stifled by my to-do list. And that was a difficult decision. But only a temporary pain for long-term gain. Now, how about you? What’s your long-term gain? What habits do you have currently that aren’t serving and keeping you from living the life you deserve?

Take a look at my top 3 tips for creating better habits. Start here to make creating new habits just a little bit easier:

Don’t try to create all your new habits at once.
We get excited about a new diet or we have an event coming up, or heaven forbid, it’s the new year and here come all the New Year’s resolutions. So after years of doing things one way, we think all of sudden we can reprogram a lifetime of habits in 7 days. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. It will take time, so don’t make it harder on yourself than it has to be. Choose one or two habits to start and be fully committed to them. Don’t half-ass or make excuses. It can be overwhelming enough to make the decision to change a habit, so don’t add more pressure by trying to change 20 habits all at once.

Make the choice only once.
Every day you will be presented with distractions taking you away from your choices. There will appear to be a better choice just right over the horizon. You will be tempted to choose again. For example, you decide don’t eat dessert. Decision made. But you go to a birthday party and the cake is being passed around like the collection basket at church. So the cake comes to you and you pause, deciding whether or not to indulge. Why are you deciding again?! You already made a choice to not eat dessert. Birthday cake is dessert. No need to rely on willpower because you already said no, you already made the choice. So choose once and stick to it!

Get support.
Look, you will get tired and not want to do the very thing that can create for you the life you want. Sounds crazy to say that, but it’s true. Many people “want”, but very few “do”. The ones that “do” surround themselves with a community of other “doers” to keep them accountable. You can lean on the collective strength of the community when your own seems to waver and fade. To be successful at creating new habits, you must feel supported. Life’s hard, don’t go at it alone.


And there you have it! My top three tips for creating better habits.

Now over to you. How do you create new habits? What resources do you use to stay on track? Love to hear from you in the comments below!

Talk soon,

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