I’m trying hard to develop some good habits in my life. The thing about a habit is that once you’ve established it, it becomes automatic. This means that you no longer have to use willpower or thought to do the task, you just do it. The more I read about improving myself and my life, the more I realize that habits and routines are absolutely essential to building the life I want.
I recently read Gretchin Rubin’s “Better than Before“.
I also took the tendency quiz on her website. It turns out that I am a rebel, which explains why it is so difficult for me to form habits.
I’ve learned that as a rebel, I’m only going to do something if I want to do it. If others expect it of me (or even if I expect it of myself) that can create resistance rather than compliance in me.
So I now have a couple new strategies:
First, I’m creating a schedule with the habits/routines I’m trying to create, and beside each of these I’m writing down why I want to do it! This will remind me that I’m doing this for me, to get results that I want. For example:
Second, if I can tie the action to my identity, I’m far more likely to do it. This means that if I can see myself as someone who takes care of her body, then I won’t resist my healthy habits as much.