Did you ever notice that it’s only the habits you don’t want that seem to create themselves with little intention on your part?
The habits you really want to have in your life seem to take serious intentions, concentration and a lot of work to show even a fragile existence in your lifestyle. And even then, you take your eyes off them for a minute and… they are gone!
Why is that?
Seriously, why is that? ‘Cause I don’t know.
I know that I started a writing habit a couple of weeks ago, then entirely forgot to write anything yesterday. It never entered my mind even though it was on my daily reminders list.
I know that creating new habits is hard. Usually you need to put into place some supporting structure to make it stay. New habits are fragile and need scaffolding. Even then they often fail to firm up and stay put.
A more effective way of creating new habits is to replace something else. Maybe we can only use just so many habits at one time. This seems to be especially true when it comes to getting rid of bad habits. You can’t just quit, you have to replace.
So here’s a challenge. What’s one habit you either want to start or you want to quit? What’s your game plan? How will you make it work? Give me your ideas in the comments below.