We think we are waking up everyday and choosing what we do, what we eat, how much we exercise and who we show up as. But what if we weren’t choosing at all? What if up to 95% of our daily life was created by our habits and routines alone? Believe it or not we are almost entirely made up of our habits and routines and our life and future is shaped by them. So it’s worth knowing.. how can taking control of our habits truly transform our life and create the life of our dreams?
Thats exactly what we are talking about today. Let’s get into it!
Before we get started on how our habits can transform our life and how we can change our habits, the first step is to know what habits actually are! When we think of habits, we often think of a few common things. Biting nails, smoking, eating too much junk food and more. But what we’re often not realizing is that habits are actually way more than that. So what are habits? Habits are the things that we do everyday without even knowing that what we are doing is a habit we’ve created by repeating behaviors daily. Habits are the way we wake up in the morning whether we have a peaceful morning routine or we rush out of bed after pressing snooze for the 18th time. Habits are the way we choose our lunch everyday whether we prepared our lunch in advance or we’re rushing to the closest fast food restaurant to grab a burger before lunch time is up. Habits are the way we decide to come home from work and watch Netflix to wind down instead of hitting the gym. And here’s the good news. Habits can be changed and when we change our habits we change our life. Here are 3 ways that your life will completely transform if you decide to take control of your habits!
1. You Will Begin To Realize Your Own Power
When we take control of our habits and we learn how to change the habits that no longer lead us to where we want to go, we begin to realize our own power. We begin to realize that we have always had more control over our lives than we had ever imagined. So often we live our lives and go through our day allowing things to happen that we may or may not like. We wake up and hope that the day will be a good one and hope that we have the motivation and energy to do all the things we want to do. This hoping and wishing keeps us in a place where we feel we have no control over the way our day unfolds, but when we realize that we are in control of our habits then we can start to shape our days in the exact way that we want! This is just another reminder that we are the creators of our life and we can design our life any way we want!
2. You Will Have More Time For Things You Love
When we make a habit out of the things that we know we should be doing, we spend less time fighting ourselves and our minds on whether or not we should do them and just start DOING instead. Here’s an example, exercise is something you know makes you feel good but how long have you spent contemplating whether or not you should go to the gym or just stay home in your cozy pajamas instead? On average we spend a few hours a day simply contemplating whether or not we should do something and that is precious time wasted in which we could actually be doing! When we make a habit out of things like our work schedule, eating healthy meals & exercise we find ourselves with more free time during the day that we can fill with other things that we love!
3. You Will Have More Energy Everyday
This one builds on the last point of having more time everyday. When we create a habit our of eating healthy meals and exercising daily and doing the things we know make us feel good, we find ourselves with more energy for other things! We find ourselves able to make better decisions in other areas of our life because we aren’t wasting precious energy deciding whether or not we should have that quinoa salad or the burger and fries. On top of saving yourself time on decision making, being productive in itself gives us more energy! Moving our body gives us more energy. Feeding our body the right foods give us more energy. So if you want more energy, start creating new habits!
When we change our habits, we change our life.
Now you know the importance and power of habits but actually changing our habits can be a little harder. Habit change is not easy but its also not impossible! It requires you to show up for yourself everyday. It requires you to train your mind and body to do things you may not want to do in the short term so that you can reach those long term goals and consciously create the life you truly want for yourself. But here’s the good news, once anything becomes a habit you are set for life.
Next weeks blog post will be all about how to actually change our habits! But your action step for this week is to get a head start and start transforming your habits today by downloading my free HABIT CHANGE WORKBOOK below!