Good habits are worth being fanatical about. ~ J. Irving
I know a woman who doesn’t eat dessert. She just doesn’t. The story goes that she realized early in her life that desserts could be a problem in terms of weight gain over the course of her life and so she opted early to stop eating them. Oh, I am so jealous! I know folks who just don’t care for the taste of alcohol or who caught on super early that they liked to exercise or who felt that smoking wasn’t worth it (and this was when the things were cheap!) or who just didn’t pick up the habit of cursing. I mention all those habits because they are all habits my clients either wish they had or are striving to gain for themselves right now.
Let’s be honest; if we wish to change a habit and work hard enough at it is can be done. There is nothing to say that you can’t stop smoking or start exercising or what have you but the longer we keep at something the harder it is to part ways with it. In an ideal world we’d all be non-cursing, sugar/caffeine/smoke/alcohol free people who exercise daily or near daily and are super careful to eat only fresh, minimally cooked foods which were transported no more than 50 miles to reach us. We’d walk everywhere, never waste a drop of water and gave thanks for each item of goodness that came our way.
Except that’s not really all that possible for a great deal of us. Some of us, sure. Some of us however are jetting around the country or world, doing our best and often feeling that we fell a bit short. And, for the record, I’m not going to say that living a non-cursing, sugar/caffeine/smoke/alcohol free yadda, yadda life is necessarily going to be the best for everyone. That might not be so good for you! You might find it next to impossible to give up that caffeine or feel that your 5-7 minute shower is your one quiet ‘me’ space you get a day. Totally cool with that.
What I’m going to challenge you to do this next week is just get more mindful of what you’re doing. What habits do you have that you’d prefer to put some distance between you and them? What habits do you have that downright concern you? Drinking on the train ride home might be something to consider a bit more in depth than not.
Once you’ve spent some thinking about those habits I’d invite you to consider getting as many healthier habits in place as quickly as you can. The less time you spend in the company of not good habits the better. Regardless of your age there are pieces you can change and if you’re young and reading this, or if you’re thinking of sending it along to your kids or grandkids, now is just about the right time to start to make these changes.
What habits are you giving a second look to? I’d love to hear from you! Drop me a line, start to follow me on Instagram or Facebook and let me know there!
Wishing you the best for your week!