Whether we’re at the beginning of forming a new habit or we’ve been practicing a habit for a while, it’s a good idea to give some attention to maintaining that habit for the long run. At the very beginning, the new habit may feel so good that we’re excited and enthusiastic and we think we’ll never go back to the old way of doing things. As time goes on, and maybe we experience some stressful situation, or our energy levels decrease, or life just goes on, the new habit can feel ‘harder’ to maintain and it’s easier to go back to old, familiar habits and routines.
Most of us plan a big reward for that day when we reach our weight goal. Maybe it’s a vacation to a dream destination that we’ve always wanted to take. Maybe it’s a whole new wardrobe. Maybe it’s a day at a theme park, or maybe it’s engaging in that activity with friends, children, or grandchildren that our former limitations kept us from.
If money were no object, and life circumstances were no problem, what would your ideal day look like? Start at the beginning and put your ideal day together. Where would you wake up? When would you wake up, what time of day? Who would be there with you? What would you do first thing, if anything?
I had the honor of being interviewed by Adam Hommey on his podcast, The BRILLIANCE + PASSION Podcast.
Adam asked me about my general philosophy, how my work with others helps the world at large, common questions that I'm asked, and more...
Do you give yourself credit for all of the skills you develop, all of the thoughts you turn around, and all of the behaviors you change? One of our biggest challenges as human beings is to give ourselves credit for our accomplishments. We tend to focus on our challenges, on what we can’t do, or on what we don’t like about ourselves. One research study showed that 70% of our spontaneous thoughts are negative. So, we have to make a deliberate choice to focus on the positive in order to beat that statistic. And I not only believe we can retrain our attention from negative to positive, I know it to be true because I’ve done it for myself.
About 17 years ago I got a puppy. Elsa was just so cute and so full of life! Before her, I had a dog named Nikki and I lived in the country, so we kind of trained each other in a loose, informal way of communicating and bonding. This time, with Elsa, I was living in the city, so I decided I would train her more formally to respond to commands.
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