- The First C: Clarify your priorities
- The Second C: Create space to focus on those priorities
- The Third C: Change your relationship with time
The final C wraps them all together nicely and is the most powerful of them all.
The Fourth C: COMMIT To Action
The things you do each day create the results you experience in your life. The only way to change your results is by changing your behavior -- your habits. All the clarity, space and time in the world won't do a lick of good unless it's accompanied by action. It's been said that knowledge is power, but it's not.
If knowledge were power, every person in America would be at his or her ideal weight because we all KNOW what needs to be done to lose weight. Expend more calories than you consume. Eat healthier and exercise more. We all KNOW what it takes, yet still so many struggle with it. So truly, isn't knowing really only half the battle? Power is knowledge, combined with appropriate ACTION.
Here are five ways to help you create new and lasting habits:
1. Start Small. Because making change is difficult, beginning with small changes is a great way to set yourself up to succeed. Don't try to replace several habits at the same time. Get one or two started and when they're established, move on to another.
2. Do It Daily. Have you ever picked your way through the woods without the aid of an established trail? At first, it's difficult. But if you continue taking the same route, the grass and weeds become trampled, you move branches out of the way and pretty soon, there appears a clearly defined trail where there used to be none. Your brain is the same way. Habits create neuropathways or "trails" in your brain which become familiar and comfortable, which is why it's so easy to fall back into old behaviors. Practicing your new desired habit daily as opposed to a few times a week, builds your new neuropathways faster, solidifying your new behavior so it's more likely to stick.
3. Be Accountable. For some nutty reason it's easier to be accountable to someone else than it is to yourself. Who knows why? Surely not I. Share your goal with someone supportive who agrees to be your accountability buddy. Schedule a regular check in with each other and report your progress or lack thereof. Just knowing you have to check in with someone else and 'fess up to your results is a powerful motivator!
4. Visualize The Outcome. See yourself doing your new habits and receiving the benefits. Visualization goes a long way toward keeping you focused on choosing your new behavior consistently until it really is a new habit. Along with visualizing, conjure up the feeling of what it will be like when your new habit is a solid part of your life. Attaching a positive emotion to a new or desired action is one of the best ways to create lasting change.
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