How Habits Rule Our Life

From a young age we begin to build habits and not all of these are helpful when it comes to wanting to achieve our goals. The question then becomes, how can we change these unhelpful habits.

When you start to think of habits, you realise that most of your day is built with them. What is the first thing you do in the morning after getting out of bed? Is this always the same? Most likely you will have a morning routine, a daily routine which are built on years of habit creation, to which some will be helpful and other will be unhelpful.

{I'm at work, unable to finish a job on time and the boss is letting their opinion well known. This is some that is generally pretty stressful to everyone. At the end of the day, feeling tired and beaten, I head home, jump on the coach and open a packet of chips (crips) - This would be an example of an unhelpful habit.}

In the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, he explains, not only how we can identify our habits, but we can override these unhelpful habits with new helpful ones.

{After being stressed all day at work, I head home and strap my walking shoes on. I only head out for half an hour down at the local reserve. - This is the kind of habit that you could consider helpful.}

As you can see in the above examples, we can change a sedentary habit with a habit full of movement. The real thought comes when you realise that the habit isn't going for the walk, but it is actually getting your exercise gear ready so that going for a walk is an easy option. You could even make going for a walk easier if you take your exercise gear with you to work.

If your looking for a book that explains habits in a great way that is also easy to understand, look at picking up a copy of The Power of Habit.

Keep thriving

Tori xx