It’s no big secret that good habits take you in a positive direction and bad habits – well, not so much. We all have some good habits – we get up when the alarm goes off (at least eventually), we brush our teeth, we have a glass of water, take our vitamins – something. We have some routine that starts our day.
The idea is to create a visual reminder and link another good habit, or routine action, you already have and before long you will be doing them both without thinking about it at all. Just habit. The beauty of a habit is it takes away our mental arguments with ourselves – should I? do I feel like it? Maybe I need to do this instead? All that mental clutter goes away.
Let’s say you want to focus more on the good in your life, to be happier, more grateful and not take life for granted. You could stack gratitude journaling with your morning coffee. Simply put your journal and pen under your coffee cup the night before. Start a practice the next morning, sit quietly with your coffee and write three things in your journal as you prepare to meet the day. A much better habit that beginning with your eyes glued to your phone – a common source of stress for most people.
The simple steps to gratitude journaling can be found here.
Let’s say you want to up your skin care routine. One way would be to put a new exfoliant in the shower next to your shampoo. The visual cue will remind you to use your new product and it will soon become a habit. Another example of a visual cue is your gym bag on the passenger seat next to you so you can see it when you get in your car to head home from work. A reminder of your intention to stop by the gym before heading home.
Your challenge is to think of one or two things you could be doing that would improve your life. Decide on your visual cue, when you want to see it and where it should be placed. Try it tomorrow.
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Linda Short of Elle Short Coaching is a Goal Achievement Coach, certified health and life coach specializing in goal achievement. As a goal achievement coach, I help people struggling with where they are to create their own life story and take action toward their life vision. So that they can get unstuck, find joy in each and every day, and live their best life.