21 DAYS of BUILDING A NEW HABIT – DAY 16
For those of you who are new and are joining us we are looking at habits and why we might want to break bad ones or build new healthy ones. It might be that you want to lose some weight so you have more energy to keep up with your kids when you play at the park. It might be that you want to be more patient and shout less….whatever it is, follow along and see what tips there are here, and you can go back and find the previous 15 posts – because there’s one every day for 21 days.
It only takes 21 days to create a new neural pathway in the brain and build a new habit.
AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
I love tapping into gratitude, because it’s the fastest way to shift out of a crappy mood. When we remember what we have, and how lucky we are to have it, something magical happens.
So shift your perspective.
Instead of an “I have to____” mindset, shift it to “I get to_____”
Be grateful for how far you’ve already come.
Be amazed and appreciative of your progress and determination.
It’s not about denying your difficult emotions, it’s just about not being a prisoner to them.
They exist, we don’t need to deny that, but it’s about focusing on the other positives that are also present.
For example, you could focus on how old you are getting and freak out about new wrinkles that are appearing. You could choose to think about it a lot, talk about it a lot, and look at your wrinkles in the mirror several times a day, judging them each time.
OR, you could choose to think, yes they are there, they aren’t going anywhere, but I am the youngest I will ever be today. I have the most energy and the most youthful glow I will ever have again. Besides being older with a few wrinkles is better than the alternative (not being wrinkled, but also not being alive) You could choose to appreciate how incredible and magical life is, choose to be present and grateful for this day you’ve been given instead of taking it for granted.
Make a list of all the things that you are grateful for, including the new positive things that your new habit is bringing you.
Adopt an attitude of gratitude and your habit may just get easier. When we have a strong reason for creating a new habit, that can spur us on and make us feel grateful for why we re doing it in the first place.
See you tomorrow for day 17!
Go back and read DAY 15 HERE.