Whether it’s following a schedule, sticking to a budget, quitting smoking, or managing deadlines at work, every lifestyle change requires some amount of planning and commitment. Most of us come up with resolutions and set personal goals for the New Year and our birthdays, but sadly we lose steam and those lofty plans are left by the wayside. This is because most of our problems are behavioral and it is hard to break habits, no matter how harmful or disruptive they might be.
Most of our problems are behavioral and it is hard to break habits, no matter how harmful or disruptive they might be.
However, this does not mean that such goals are unachievable. Instead, we simply need to change the way we approach them. In the energy science discipline it’s not just one aspect that promotes healing, but rather a multiplicity of things that bring about physiologic change. This approach can also help to cope with challenges posed by behavioral patterns. Habits are formed over time through a process of conditioning. Similarly, they can be undone or reshaped using patterns of conditioning. To do this you need to be very focused and should create a structured and progressive plan to make the desired lifestyle changes.
Your 5 Point Guide To Ditch Those Pesky Habits
1. Overcoming Inertia
Who among us is not guilty of procrastination? Many of us fail to meet deadlines, make late bill payments, and avoid committing to healthy activities because we are simply not motivated or are plain lazy. Overcoming inertia is therefore the biggest challenge and keeping up with it is the next biggest hurdle. You need to consciously push yourself in the initial phase.
2. Giving Shape To Your Plan
Use a personal calendar on your phone or keep a small personal diary, and mark down all that’s needed to create the change that you want to see. It should detail all the activities you plan to do with a well-defined schedule. Try to stick to the plan you have created and check your calendar each day to monitor your progress. Expect it to be awkward at first, because we all take time to find our groove. Everyone goes through initial hurdles, but it is important that you persevere.
3. Getting Habituated
Once you get habituated to referring to the calendar it will become easier to actually achieve your goals. Marking a schedule in your calendar will help to cultivate a regular routine. Do not make an elaborate schedule in the initial period, as getting habituated to referring to the calendar itself may take some time. You can create more detailed plans and a structured schedule once you are comfortable using the calendar.
4. Building Momentum
While it helps to start slow, you need to gain momentum with the passage of time. If your original calendar schedule just had five tasks or activities for a day, try to add more things to better your chances of getting the desired results.
5. Mixing It Up
Try to create a routine that revolves around a set of activities. For example, your morning routine will include several tasks, including mundane activities like preparing a cup of tea. Nevertheless, all of these tasks work together to set the tone for the day. Moreover, each activity sets the stage for the subsequent one, thereby giving each activity a supporting role.
While everyone is unique and requires differing periods of time to effect such behavioral changes, it usually takes an average of about 6-8 weeks for basic changes to be made. Once you take your first steps, making seemingly minor changes, you can move on to try tackling the bigger changes.
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