How to Gain Massive Results by Building Atomic Habits


Habits. We all have them. Good ones. Bad ones. Heck, even neutral ones. Think about it for just a moment. Would you believe me if I told you that almost half of everything we do on a daily basis is a habit? 

According to our good friend Google, 40-45% of our day to day behaviors are in fact, habits. It makes me wonder- what exactly am I doing each day from the moment I wake up to the time I go to bed? And how are these habits showing up in bigger ways in my life? 

Being that my health is very important to me, I have created a habit in my life of getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night, eating a largely plant-based diet, drinking lots of water, and exercising four days every week. I do not smoke and I rarely drink alcohol. As a result, I am a healthy person simply by the habits I have adopted over time. 

In James Clear's massively popular book, Atomic Habits, he states that by making the smallest changes, 1% each day for example, we can achieve astronomical results at the end of one year. The problem for many people is that they lose patience and motivation, and they give up.

Another factor to consider is our environment. If we want to have success with better habits, we must design our environment in a way that encourages and supports better habits. For example, if you get rid of junk food from your cabinets, you will be much less likely to eat foods that are bad for you. Also, if you change from your work clothes into your workout clothes immediately, you will be more likely to complete a workout, or even just get a walk in. 

Here are 5 tips to building better habits:

1. Be aware of your current habits. Awareness is key.

2. Say out loud what you want and what you don't want. There is some unknown power in stating things out loud. 

3. Be specific about the new habit desired. For example, instead of saying "I will start to work out more", say " I will workout at 24 Hour Fitness on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays"

4. Begin your new habit on the first day of the week, month, or year. There is greater hope and energy on these days. 

5. Stack a current habit with a new one. For example, if you would like to start journaling, you can pair it with your morning coffee. Make a decision that every morning when you pour your coffee, you will sit down to journal. 

Here is a great quote: 

"Good habits are as addictive as bad habits and a whole lot more rewarding"

~ Harvey Mackay

Best wishes on your new good habits!

xo,

Barbara 

 

 


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