Caution: Habit Forming

by Sandi Cimino, World Class Coaches®

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“Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want.”  - Kristin Armstrong

As the quote above states, times of transition are stressful.  However, as the quote suggests, they are great times of opportunity.  Change happens.  Whether we’re ready for it or not, whether we choose it or not, it happens.

During times of transition and change, our habits (the good ones) are critical to successfully coming out on the other side.  In the midst of change the last thing on your mind might be reflection.  You mind more probably is consumed with getting through:  getting through the checklist, getting through the move, getting through the chaos.  Even the smallest time spent reflecting on your beliefs, habits, attitudes, and expectations will pay dividends during and after times of transition and change.

Habits and routines are intertwined.  They thrive off one another so it stands to reason when your routines are thrown off, so are your habits.  The first step in creating or maintaining good habits during transition is to think about what you want to achieve.  For example, your goal may be just getting through the day.  HOW you get through the day (i.e., without anyone yelling or bursting into tears) makes your goal crystal clear. 

With this clear goal in mind, identify where in your day things seem to go off the rails.  Is it morning?  Does it happen more often at night?  Identify a routine that typically happens at that time and explore whether it has been disrupted or it is ineffective.  What are your actions or habit patterns that can get things back on track?  What do you need to change?

Once you can clearly see your goal, identify what obstacles exist, and identify what habits get you closer or farther from that goal, you can consciously and intentionally practice those habits and engage those routines that get you closer to your goal.

Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, developed this infographic that outlines steps to identify the habits that aren’t working and change them for greater success. 

If you are interested tools and assistance in dealing positively with transition and change, please check out the information page for the Rocks In A Bucket Solutions™ by clicking here