by Rupert York, Account Executive at Life Clubs
Everyone has habits... it’s human nature to have them. We can’t change that, but what we can change is the habits we have and no longer want. Changing habits isn’t easy, but you may feel it’s become a necessary thing to do.
Bad habits, like being glued to your emails or social media or drinking every night, can clog up your days, pull you in different directions and make it hard to get anything done. Good habits, habits that are aligned with your goals, like going to bed early or walking 5,000 steps a day will make you feel positive and make your daily life more manageable. Your habits are now working for you.
Here are 5 ways to change your habits the Life Clubs way:
1. Choose a goal and begin to work on it
It often doesn’t matter which goal you choose, as long as you focus on one and just go for it. For example if you want to go to the gym, pick a day and time, and make yourself go. That might well kick start a new habit, even if you have to force yourself the first few times.
2. Don’t just focus on the long term
Working with short-term goals will bring you order, clarity and confidence. If you focus you can put more drive and energy into succeeding. Why not choose three small goals to achieve every day and do them first?
3. Be decisive
As the playwright, Goethe, said, “Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; what you can do or dream you can, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it. Begin it now.”
4. You’re not your habit
If you can, replace old habits with new ones. Find something that gives you the same physical and emotional sensation. If you need fifteen hours in bed at night to make you feel calm, try yoga or meditation. If you eat to avoid boredom, read the paper instead.
5. Decide what you really want
What emotions do you think your habit is due to? What do you really need to do to satisfy that emotion? Ask yourself, what is the habit helping you avoid? What are you using your habit instead of? How can you get more of what you want into your life today?
Please do let us know any of your own tips or experiences with changing your habits for the better, or, if you'd like to, share what habits make your life difficult.