I have a little confession to make: I am a huge fan of making quantum leaps. You know, when you have an a-ha moment that seems to shift you overnight and change seems soooo easy. Unfortunately, hoping for a quantum leap all the time hasn’t proved to be the best means to accomplish my goals (lol). So let me share with you what has been. While it may seem to be quite a bit less sexier than quantum leaping…it’s sustainable and maintainable and a process you can count on.
With any of your goals, it’s important that you start where you currently are and don’t make yourself wrong for it. For example, let’s say you have 100 pounds to lose and want to start working out. Thing things is, you haven’t worked out regularly in 5 years (or maybe you’ve never worked out regularly). While it’s tempting to immediately expect yourself to jump right into a CrossFit workout or eating 100% clean/perfectly all the time…you’re setting yourself up for heartache. It’s just too much of a leap from where you’re currently at. It is best for you to start where you currently are and gradually build up from there (i.e. working out for 10 minutes a day and getting in 8 glasses of water).
You see, energetically and subconsciously, it’s important to gradually shift our energy and habits if we want change to stick long-term. If we don’t, it won’t energetically feel right (i.e. it will feel like we have to use a tremendous amount of willpower to get us to follow through with our habits, versus it being automatic and a part of who we are).
Have you ever notice that when you’re working out every day, it just seems automatic to you? That’s because when we gradually build up our habits, we set ourselves up for success by retraining our subconscious mind (which is responsible for 95% of our actions). It trains us to automatically want to participate in the habit and create the time and space it requires. As a result, it isn’t something that we need a tremendous amount of willpower to do because after awhile, it is just automatic because we have built up the pathways in our brain to support the habit.
In my experience, daily habits are almost always required when it comes to long-term results/success. Like I wrote about last week, you can start building healthy habits in just five minutes a day. A short time commitment (like five minutes) is a great way to guarantee you are going to do it. After all, you can’t say you don’t havefive minutes. By repeatedly participating in the same habit over and over again, you will retrain your subconscious to create more time for the habit effortlessly. Pretty great, am I right?
Now it’s your turn…what daily habit are you going to start participating in daily?
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