Who doesn’t have either a habit they want to break or a new habit they want to focus on at the start of the new year?
Often the new goals we set for the new year require a change in habits. Forming habits seems to be something which everyone does on a regular basis. It's easy to start out strong with optimism and renewed energy. The challenge is actually in sticking with the practice of new habits until they become automatic and are done without thinking. Sometimes, I hear "I started out great only to find a loss of interest or waning willpower made it tough to keep the habit going."
When you achieve success by creating a new habit you have instilled in yourself a new routine. The routine habit is something which you do on a regular basis without even thinking about it. Willpower is all about having the strength to carry out those things that you truly desire.
A great example of this can be found in committing to put away your bills instead of leaving them strewn on your countertop. It will take conscious effort and energy to remind yourself to put the bills in their proper place versus just laying them down on the counter. When you continue to practice your habit long enough, you will find yourself putting them away automatically as a routine. As a result of the success, you have just strengthened your willpower.
Here are a few tips to help you get off to a great start in the new year with forming new habits to reach your goals.
1. Start small. If your hopes are targeted on big changes or giant leaps, break them down. What is the first small win that takes you in the right direction of the bigger picture? Aim for that. It's easier to keep going when you have one small win after another because you experience the gratification a whole lot quicker. Plus, each small win builds your confidence and desire to keep trying.
2. Understand your real "Why" and keep a vision of your real "Why" in front of you. Ask, when I accomplish this, I will experience (what) differently? Why is that experience really important to me? Find a way to repesent your vision of your "Why" and keep it in front of you so that you are reminded each day, in fact numerous times each day, of it's importance.
3. Set the stage for success. Sometimes half the battle is remembering. Anchor what you need to do with an already existing habit in your routine. For example, my existing habit is waking up and having my cup of coffee. Then, I open my computer or smart phone to check my email. The new habit I wanted to establish was to plan and review what was important for my day ahead before opening that computer. I strategically placed my planner next to the coffee pot versus next to my computer as a way to support my intentions and turning that habit into a routine.
4. Build in support to help you keep going. Support comes from within and from others. Be compassionate with yourself about how difficult change can be. Plan for more time and repetition to create a habit that really sticks. Don't give up if you have a bad day, just notice and get back on track without judgement. What positive affirmations can you practice to be compassionate with yourself? Who can help support you and hold you accountable to create the habit or change you desire, especially when your interest and desire may begin to wane?
All our best wishes as we step into the new year.
Robin, Kay and Katherine
JANUARY 2019 PROGRAMS
We are excited to announce our programs beginning in the new year. We have a little something for everyone. Be sure to register early and save your seat. In some cases you may even save some money with an Early Bird rate.
College Jumpstart and Reboot Webinar to help college students get set for the next semester. Our next free webinar is set for January 3rd, 2019 at 5:30 PT / 6:30 MT / 7:30 CT / 8:30 ET. Click here to learn more and register your spot.
Brilliant Me, Wired to Win with Adult ADHD is our 7 Week Virtual Training and Coaching Program scheduled to begin January 9th and lasts until February 20th, 2019. Space is limited to a small group. And the program fills up fast. Enroll early so you don't miss out. Click here to learn more and save your spot.
More Success, Less Struggle Parenting Workshop is an online 90 minute interactive workshop that helps parents looking for more support their children with ADHD. This workshop is a great place to begin! The program is on January 17th, 2019, and is held through our virtual meeting platform, Zoom. Attend and work through the workshop materials from the comfort of your own home. Click here to learn more and save your spot.
CONNECT WITH US
Consider starting the new year with the right kind of support. Even though it is still December, January is often a great time for a fresh start. Coaching is a great way to get the support you need, to create lasting changes in how you approach your life for more success and satisfaction.
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Wishing you many blessings and much joy in the holiday season,
Robin, Kay and Katherine