Sunday, October 19, 2014

changing habits

Habits are a big deal because they inform everything we do, including the ways we define ourselves.

Being healthy is not an accident, a stroke of luck or by magic. IT IS A HABIT. it is a habit that will shape our bodies that we were born with, a habit that will support the genetic makeup we got from our parents. So, if we want to give ourselves a fighting chance to survive and thrive despite our bad backs, asthma, eczema, dodgy knees, we must develop habits that keep our systems operating at maximum.

Charles Duhigg, in his book, The Power of Habit, says: habits are the way our brains perform familiar activities unconsciously, so we can save energy for other tasks.
when you consciously choose to do something repeatedly, it becomes a habit.

Habits are so natural to our brain that we don't even realize when we've lost control of the conscious decision making part of the equation. So, if you want to change the way you fee, you want to become healthier, you must unpack your habits. You must wake up to what you are doing now, and how it is affecting you. Part of building new habits is making better choices and part of making better choices is understanding the places we have stopped choosing, reassessing the passive decisions we've been making habitually and making new conscious choices that support our long term goals.

So, now you see, your habits are actually your moment-to-moment CHOICES. Evaluate the results of your daily choices. Don't worry, once you become aware of your ingrained choices, you have the power to change them!
YOU have to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.
YOU have to recognize what your habits are if you want to engage discipline to change them.
YOU HAVE TO WAKE UP.
DEVELOP A NEW ROUTINE
CREATE A NEW HABIT THAT SUPPORTS YOUR GOALS
Before you blame your body, giving reasons like ' that is how my body is'
'ive always been bloated'
'I have a weak digestive system'
'I have a slow metabolism'
check your habits!!!
Some habits/ things we believe are totally harmless or even helpful, are the very things that are hurting us.




THE HABIT LOOP(neuronal system activated)
CUE
ROUTINE
REWARD

Examine some of your habits that are hindering you from your goals and see what you can rework them to your benefit.



remember:
1.HABITS CAN SNEAK UP ON YOU
therefore what you do on a moment-to-moment, daily basis is very important.
even what you think can become a habit, so choose wisely!
sometimes we are not aware of these habits. we don't even realize that we are making a choice and what the implications of that choice might be.

2.HABITS CAN BE SHIFTED
consciously create a new habit!
habits can also be unchosen, or shifted. So, you can create a modified version of your old habit that satisfies the same cravings.

3.HABITS CAN BE CHOSEN
The trick of escaping your harmful habits is to identify the ones that have emerged without your say-so and replace them with healthful habits that are intentional and will support your goals.



wishing you happy habits!
love xoxo
madeleine



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