Today I explain my observations on the power of habits. I recently had to put my dog of 14 years (Dudley ) to sleep. It was hard, but I got through it. What I've learned though is the incredible power of habit as the little things I did with my dog, my body wants to STILL do a week later. I still
1. Watch when I roll my office chair to make sure I don't run him over.
2. Break off a piece of my sandwich for him
3. Put my hand on the passenger side seat to pet him
4. Close the office door so he doesn't get out.
It's AMAZING how when you do something for years, you are just programmed to do it.
Creating a Whirlpool
When I was little my family had a kiddy pool. Not the blow up kind, but you had to assemble it. It was probably all of three feet deep. My brother and sister (and probably some cousins) would all walk around the pool in the same direction. It was round and eventually we would have a strong current going in the same direction. My brother would shout out 3 – 2 – 1 TURN! and we would all turn and try to walk into the current we had generated.
It was tough. It was hard. However, I knew that my brother and sister, my cousins were all pushing with me. We were all facing the same struggles, and I didn't want to let them down. So I struggled through, and eventually it would get easier and easier, until we were actually being swept away in our new current.
Making Your New Current
So how do we create new habits? It's sooooo hard!
1. Identify the bad habits.
2. Come up with a new action to replace the old action.
3. Think of what will be a hurdle to the new action
4. Take steps to eliminate the hurdles.
5. Start doing the new action.
It's Easier with More People In Your Pool
Find some people who are in the same boat, and see if they want to join you in their journey. It is easier with some support to spur you on. I know when I looked at my fitbit app and saw other people taking more steps than me, it help me think, “If they can do it – I can do it.”