Are you living your best life? If not, then the good news is you can change a habit in 21 days.
What kind of change or changes do you want to see in your life? Are you wanting to lose weight, get out of debt, have better relationships?
Picture yourself there, what does it look and feel like? Can you see yourself achieving those results?
To change a habit you first need to be aware. Aware of where you are right now in terms of your relationships, weight, debt etc. As painful as it may be, you need to honestly acknowledge where you are now, right now, as in today this very minute first before you can have any hope of making the changes you want.
Look at this, by making some small changes = change a habit, see the effects below:
- Do you realize that your $4 dollar a day Starbucks habit is costing you a sum of $84 at the end of twenty one days?
- By saying no to that daily candy bar habit at 200 calories each day can result in a pound of weight loss or more in 2 weeks.
It’s the small things that matter most and that have the biggest effect. A horse wins by a nose and receives 10 times the prize money! If you want to change a habit, it’s the small daily disciplines you need to track!
Here is where the real work begins. Now that you have taken stock, and noticed where you are right now in relation to the things you want to change. The next thing you must do, if you want to change a habit, is to track your progress. Yes I said track and measure! For those of you who have lost weight in the past, you had to track your daily intake of calories, food or portion size right? The same thing here applies to other area’s of your life. If you want to save money, you need to write down each day what exactly you are spending and on what. You need to inspect what you expect in order to change a habit.
If you want different, you have to do, and or be different. If you want more love, give more love. If you want more appreciation, give more appreciation. Now sometimes even if you do give more, you may not instantly receive more. In reading the Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, he references that you need to give 100%, yes that’s right. Give a 100% of yourself and expect zero. Well gosh that doesn’t sound fair you say.
Here’s a nugget… When you take 100% responsibility for yourself, your actions, what you do and how you respond, you are empowered. You are free to make the changes you want. You are now operating by making conscious decisions on purpose instead of choices coming from auto-pilot unconsciously. Just by knowing and accepting this invitation, don’t you feel great, feeling empowered?
What can you take 100% responsibility for?
Change A Habit!
In order to track your progress, you will need to record for the next 21 days your actions around the habit you want to change. Yes, write it down, get yourself a journal. Every day for the next 21 days, you are going to write down the action you take in regard to the habit you want to change! If you want to lose weight, stop smoking, spend less, whatever it is for you, then write down your specific actions each day.
For example: “Today I said no to spending $4 on that Starbucks coffee…” or “Today I said no to that candy bar, and saved myself from consuming an extra 200 calories…”. Notice what you see at the end of 21 days, the sum of all parts, the cumulative and compounded effect. How many calories less did you consume for the total 21 days? How much closer are you now to making a longer lasting change, to change the habit?
21 days to change a habit is a great start. I do believe that if you want a lasting change, you will need to focus on a long term mindset. Track your results and actions daily for the long term. One of my favorite sayings is “Rome wasn’t built in a day…” and of course it wasn’t. If you want longer lasting change, you are in for the long haul. It’s what you do daily over ten years that matters, yet 21 days to change a habit is a really great start! I encourage you to make a start!
Working with a coach can also help you stay on track and accountable to your goals. When you decide this is right for you, click here for consideration to work with me. I only work with a select handful of clients at a given time, and my schedule is full right now, however you are welcome to request to reserve the next available spot.
Are you ready for a different result? If you are ready say it out loud “I am ready” 🙂
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Change a habit and start today, you owe it to yourself, your family, friends and loved ones.
To you and your change!