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Not just New Year’s Resolutions, New Year’s New Habits

One of my favorite authors, Matthew Kelly, says “Our lives change when our habits change!”

Isn’t that the truth! As human beings, 95 percent of our lives are run by our unconscious mind. For the most part, that is a good thing because we don’t have to consciously think about breathing, blinking, or our hearts beating 72 times a minute, 104,000 times a day, or 38,000,000 times a year. And, there are many behaviors that we learned and through practice have become unconscious as well.  We call these habits.  Some of these habits are good, others could use some improvement.

If there is an area in your life where you could use improved results – perhaps in a relationship, your health, your finances or your work – it is time to take a look at the habits that getting in your way and make a conscious commitment to change.

There are three steps to creating a new habit:

  1. Discovery – you have to become aware of the habit that is holding you back. This can be the result of self-reflection or the gift of feedback.
  2. Training – you have to consciously learn a new habit. Dr. BJ Fogg, professor at Stanford University encourages taking baby steps in his Tiny Habits method.
  3. Practice – you have to repeat the new behavior until it becomes a new habit.

So, when you make that New Year’s Resolution, make that decision a commitment, and put it into practice one day at a time.  “Our lives change when our habits change.” What change would you like to see in 2018?

About the author

Lisa Huetteman Lisa Huetteman is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Black Diamond Associates, Executive Coach, Speaker and Author of the book The Value of Core Values: Five Keys to Success through Values-Centered Leadership. www.TheValueOfCoreValues.com

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