Archive for Habits

Creating Successful Habits

How long does it take to create a habit? There are a few different writings out there with numbers but I think it just depends on the individual and the particular habit. I have been able to create some almost instantly by simply scheduling them and some have taken months to accomplish. Of course those that I enjoy are easier, those that I don’t require more work. I suggest not focusing on the time it takes but more on the steps to take it until its officially a habit. Breaking things down to the simplest of tasks, tasks that you can control and putting in place a way to track it are the most effective.

Along with this, focus on the positive outcomes and not the negatives. This is really important if you are trying to rid yourself of bad habits. Don’t focus on getting rid of the old habit, focus on the new habit.

If your goal is to use your cellphone less than start by creating new habits that will occupy more of this time. Maybe you could simply make it habit to keep your cell phone in your pocket and off the table during meetings, share this with your friends and family and ask them to remind you when you are not doing it and then schedule a simple 15 minute follow up with yourself each week to think back and report to yourself how you did. Another idea would be to schedule a time each week to look at your phone usage report each week and to write the results in a spread sheet so you can see and track those results. I have one client who has changed their voicemail to a nice message that discloses the time each day that they will be returning calls. With this new habit, this person doesn’t have to answer calls anymore.

If you need help creating some new habits to help you achieve your goals or just need an accountability partner to help you, share this during one of our general mastermind meetings and let our members help you.  

The Habit Of Gratitude

Several months ago, I started scheduling fifteen minutes a day of gratitude time. It’s amazing how this new little habit has helped. I have made this task a little harder by making a rule that I cannot repeat the same things for which I am grateful. I am learning now how to find things to be grateful for during the least likely times.

Last week, I was leaving an appointment, got in my truck and it wouldn’t start. Of course, my first reaction was to be upset. I briefly went through the whole “whoa is me” talk with myself, wondering why life is always testing me.. That didn’t last long, because of my new habit of daily gratification moments. I was quickly able to overcome this and focus on what I was going to do.

I went back in the restaurant, Sports Page Grill in Ashland, and ask a waitress who was the best and closest mechanic. She quickly directed me to MAC, less than two blocks away. I walked over to MACS and proceeded to meet everyone there. Instead of focusing on my truck and being in a mad rush, I paused and actually spoke to everyone that worked there. A great group of down to earth people. Doug, was nice enough to give me a ride to my truck and was able to quickly diagnose that my problem was nothing more than a dead, dead beyond jump starting it, battery. Doug and I talked and decided that the most practical option was for me to simply get a new battery and install it myself. I thanked him and said that I would find a ride to the parts store and take care of it. Doug wasn’t going to allow that to happen!! Instead, he gave me a ride to the parts store and back and then made sure I was good to go.

In less than 45 minutes I was on my way again and made some new friends in the process. Even better, when I took my old battery back to my good friend Carol at Napa Auto Parts and she was able to confirm that my old battery was still under warranty and gave me partial refund. Of course, while there, I got to catch up with Carol too.

I am grateful that my truck broke down and I was able to make some new friends and reconnect with an old one.