Changing our habits is difficult and at times a daunting task. In some instances the idea may even seem nearly impossible. Unhealthy habits negatively affect you personally and professionally, disrupting relationships, your reputation, and cause unwanted stress. Sometimes our unhealthy habits cross our threshold, transcending from our personal life into our professional life.
My question for you is if you have any unhealthy habits you are willing to acknowledge? Are you doing anything to alleviate those habits? Do you have a plan of action set in place to help alleviate the situation?
For change to occur you first need to ask yourself if you are even ready and willing to accept change. Are you? Good, now that we are all on board and willing to allow change in our lives, let me guide you through a process that you can apply to your own habit change.
Don’t get me wrong in saying that this is the only method to apply to habit change, because it is most definitely not. The habit change approach is a 60 day plan that you will want to implement. Begin with a start date and an end date 60 days after the start date.
To have change you will want to have a Growth Mindset. I talked about having a growth mindset in my previous blog post. Having a growth mindset means you are able to take your most basic qualities and abilities (i.e., talent, intelligence) can be developed over time by hard work and dedication. Living in a growth mindset you will foster a love for learning and resilience for achieving significant goals and accomplishments. A growth mindset over time will help you with motivation, empowering yourself and your team, personal and business productivity meeting goals, and most importantly it will enhance your relationships.
You will first want to establish the change you want to implement. We will just look at one habit you want to change. Even though I do not smoke, trying to stop smoking seems to be a common unhealthy habit people want to change.
1) Motivations for Changing
So your motivation for personal change might be overall health and change your physical addiction for nicotine. You might not want to have that raspy cough that keeps your partner up at night because you can’t breathe. Your motivation for professional change for wanting to stop smoking might be not having to go outside during your work and lighting one up and returning smelling like an ash tray. Distinct smells if they are good or bad are never good at work. Try keeping the mindset of staying neutral as much as possible in any type of environment.
2) Obstacles and Solutions
Obstacle: When you wake up in the morning your first thought is to go and have a cigarette before you can start your day.
Solution: When you wake up you can replace smoking with doing some exercise, like push-ups and sit-ups for example.
Drinking might be a trigger for you because when you drink you associate that with smoking (e.g., I only smoke cigarettes when I drink).
4) Plan your support system
Who in your life supports you wanting to stop smoking cigarettes? Is it your partner, is it your parents? Is it the people you work with?
Remember to give yourself rewards for your good work! Set a goal and when you accomplish it provide yourself a reward. It can be something small and at very little cost. You don’t need to necessarily go buy something expensive, rather, do something you really enjoy that you don’t always get to do.
6) Self Talk
Stay positive and try not to have any negative thoughts that would put a road blog in between you and your addiction of smoking cigarettes. As human beings, when we consistently tell lies, those lies cross a threshold into a realm of believability, and we actually begin to believe our thoughts that are not true.
7) Develop a strategy
In almost every case whether in your personal or professional life, when we have implemented a strategy to meet our goals, the outcomes are typically positive. Strategies give us a direction and creates motivation to help us conquer our poor habits like trying to stop smoking or stop eating junk food so you can lose 100 pounds.
8)Don’t sabotage your hard work
Sabotaging your work is so much easier than you might think. After working and putting all the effort you may have in stopping to smoke, please do not give into the urge. If you begin to have a thought about wanting to relapse back into that old habit, label that thought and move past it. Allow those thoughts of wanting to smoke, but just think of those thoughts as thoughts to take away the power those thoughts may have.
Please post your thoughts and results in my comments sections so everybody can see your outcomes!