28 Days to Building Your New Habit!

Any area of your life that you are looking to develop a new, positive habit can be as easy as 28 days.

This can be everything from eating well, to handling your finances more efficiently, completing tasks or projects within a reasonable scope of time.

It is all about building habits, this in turn becomes a crucial part of your life.

The success you then feel by putting into place strategies to build these new habits become a part of your daily life.

Building positive habits are the incremental changes that you put into place anything from a minute to minute, hour to hour or day to day. That then goes on to developing and building a lifetime of positive patterns to building the life your heart desires.

The time allocation of building a new habit is determined on your level of intensity or core desire. This then gives your decision the power to either change or implement a new positive habit.

Many of you probably talk often, about say putting the processes in to lose weight or to become physically fit. You may be looking at quitting habits that are bad for you such as overeating, smoking, taking drugs or excessive alcohol drinking.

This may go on for years until one day you go to the Doctors and they diagnose you with a serious health condition that is going to have you seriously debilitated and dying much earlier than expected. All because you haven't manage to make a commitment to replace and build these negative habits with positive ones at an earlier stage of your life.

Suddenly an intense feeling of fear and terror come over you at the thought of dying or losing your independence. That you immediately begin to put the processes into place to change your diet, commence an exercise program, stop smoking in order to regain some level of health and fitness.

So what has happened here. You have had an experience of intense pain. Any experience that is felt that being of intense joy or pain, sometimes incorporated with a level of shock. Brings about a reality of the intense need to alter a behaviour patterns.

All of a sudden you are faced with the decision that it is necessary to create a different level of behaviour patterns that will go on to become positive habits that will give you the foundation for Optimal Health and Vitality for the rest of your life.

Looking at an example of say if you burnt your hand on a hot stove or got caught for speeding. This would have given intense and immediate pain, shock and maybe embarrassment. This may have only been for a split second, but it has altered your level of behaviour for a life time. You will not put your hand on a hot stove again and will pay attention to your speedometer in order not to speed.

Preparation needed to Bringing into Place your New Habit!

I have mentioned here the length of time it will take for you to build your new habit is 28 days. Before this can happen you must first put into place these 7 steps.

The 28 days comes into place from day 1 of practicing your new habit.

You then have to each day ensure that your new habit is put into your daily task schedule, then the next thing is activity performing your new habit.

So for example, you have made the decision to give up smoking. You have thrown out all of your ashtrays, cigarettes, cleaned all areas where you once smoked so there is not evidence of smoking.

Let's get Started Here are your - 7 Steps to Building your New Habit

1) Making the Decision

Make the decision is vital. Being clear about behaving and actively involving yourself with 100% commitment to putting into practice your positive habit. As an example if your decision is to bring exercise into your daily regime. Then you will decide to wake up early each morning to give yourself the time needed to include the exercise. Maybe you will need to set your alarm for the first 28 days until it becomes a habit. It will be necessary to have the clothes you are going to wear for your exercise session ready.

2) There are No Exemptions to the Rule

It is imperative that you do not allow any exceptions to disrupt any new processes you have put into place for building your new habit. No excuses, no matter how rationale will let you off the hook. so if you have decided to get up at 6 am each morning to exercise, then part of implementing this discipline is to get up every morning at 6 am despite anything else. This is how positive habits become automatic.

3) Involve People who will Support you, with your New Habit

You have friends, family or even work colleagues that you trust and know will be honest with you and support you in staying true to your commitment of building your new habit. So share your passion and determination, you will be amazed how much this will help you to stay on task.

4) Visualize, Picture Yourself Being Your New Habit

For a new habit or even when putting in any life changes it is so powerful when you picture in your head, your acting, behaving in the manner in which you so desire. This is even true when we are wanting a new job, house or place to live. Holidays anything that we want to be a part of our life, even more positive relationships. The visualization of this plays a huge role in the final and long-term success of our habits and in turn lifelong goals. What you are doing here is programming your subconscious mind for positive results that then go on to become automatic.

5) Putting into Play Affirmations

Daily affirmations, these are short almost poetic little phrases that you say to yourself several times a day in support of building your new habit. Once again you are delivering positive thoughts to your subconscious brain that supports you to stay focused and true to your new behaviours and habits. So your affirmation may well be "I Love getting up early each morning to exercise, my body feels great and alive. Repeat this phrase each night before you go to bed and you can repeat as many times per day as you like. Anytime you are going to be building new habits you can use little phrases as this, this helps to override the negative thoughts that may be likely to pop in.

6) Practice Makes Perfect!

Each day that you persist, overcoming that overwhelming desire to give up, will gradually become easier, more comfortable thus developing into an automatic positive habit. That you will not even have to think about down the track. Sixth, resolve to persist in the new behavior until it is so automatic and easy that you actually feel uncomfortable when you do not do what you have decided to do.

7) Set Up Little Rewards

It is most important, that you organize little rewards that will help to sustain your new behaviour. These rewards need to be something positive such as meeting a friend for a meal, going to the movies, book a massage, a new hairdo. To do something that will give you pleasure without causing you harm. Each time you reward your new behaviour and actions put into place in building your new habit. You will reaffirm and reinforce these actions therefore allowing your positive habit to become permanent. Just explaining this a little our daily activities are controlled by our subconscious mind. So when developing new habits as you are doing, the importance is in changing our subconscious and you are doing this with replacing negative thoughts with positive ones (affirmations) and with your positive rewards that you have put into place.

When you are changing habits that are having a financial deficit on you, you can then put rewards in place that are more substantial such as buying a new car, going on a holiday, buying a house etc.

You are setting up incremental goals and strategies to implement positive habits. This will enable you to live a Life of Health, Happiness, Meaning and of Great Purpose.

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“Each step you put into place each day will lead to a Healthier, Happier YOU”

Empowering You to Optimal Health Julie Doherty N.D

Author's Bio: 

Hi I’m Julie,

Your Health & Lifestyle Coach Specialist
(Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine)

I learnt very early in my life that there was much more to health than meets the eye

To achieve “Optimal Health” is about taking control of every aspect of YOU and YOUR LIFE:

That “Optimal Health” is only possible when we understand the unity of our mind, emotions connections to our physical body then our soul that inner voice that knows what is good and not good for us: Not to aim for Perfection but for Connection.

I love to work with people who dedicated who want to succeed in all areas of their life with the understanding that "Health is the very foundation for this to be possible"

So for over 26 years, I have worked with thousands of people in clinical practice prescribing herbal & homoeopathic remedies: implementing dietary changes so as to accommodate the best nutrition and life balance possible:Group and individual Health & Lifestyle Coaching to achieve the Happiest, Healthiest and Most Successful Life Possible.

My Professional Qualifications include Diplomas in Naturopathic, Herbal: Homoeopathic & Nutritional Medicine: Remedial & Therapeutic Massage Therapy: Body Mind Balancing Cognitive Counselling, Life Coaching & Massage: & Natural Beauty:

1.I love to watch movies that are based on true life stories with all the aspects of Life, love, romance, challenges and best of all happy endings.
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3.I didn’t commence my formulative studies until I was 28 years of age
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8.I try to go without drinking wine, but I have to admit that when we go out for dinner or have friends over, I do enjoy the odd glass or two of Savion Blanc
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