Fashion & Lifestyle

Habits.... Why Are They So Hard To Create?


January is the month of habits, and its coming to an end.... so are your efforts to build new habits ending too, like a fair few of us?  As a coach, the end goal is often the prize for most clients, its the effort getting there that causes the issues, and that is a real shame because habits are incredibly powerful - they are the things we do without much thought, are part of us, we would miss them if we didn't to them.  So, if you want to create a activity that gives you those feel good results then its surely better to build it as a habit rather than a one-off/ short term fix that requires tonnes of willpower.  If your struggling, then some things to focus on that I find works best with my clients are below:

  • Building habits requires some commitment, practice and experimenting - keep trying and you will find what works.  It worth thinking through what realistically you can do (and be honest with yourself) - even the little things we do each day add up.
  • Focus on the end goal for the motivation and break down the behaviours, actions and activities that need to happen to get there - going slower may be the result, but more likely to last.  Motivation will only get you so far - if you are making progress then that will keep you going.
  • Find the things that you like (remember, you may grow to love something, so focus on what you get out of the thing you are doing - relaxation, energy, fitness etc.).  If the end result is to feel better then the things that get you there need to do just that - if it's to get fitter, try stuff until you hit on what makes you feel good - what would you like to try?
  • Enjoy the process! Look at change and habit building as a fun experiment, an opportunity to do something different.

As a coach, there is nothing better than seeing someone find their 'thing', and new activity, way of living or eating that makes them feel good, sleep well and have confidence - but more often than not it takes all of the things above.

Feb 2, 2021
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