Tuesday, July 8, 2008

30 days to a New Habit

I've been doing some serious introspection lately...thanks to my fellow personal chef and buddy Debbie Spangler of Yummy~Issimo! Personal Chef Service. And she doesn't even know that she was the catalyst here.

I mean, just look at the last time I posted to this blog! And every day I get a post from Debbie, true to her commitment to naploblamo or whatever the heck it is! The key here is the commitment, whether to naplobano or your accountant or yourself.

There are so many positive things that we can do to improve our lifestyle/business/health/spirituality simply by doing away with negative habits and creating new, positive and beneficial ones.

There's a great blog called ZenHabits that I want you all to visit for inspiration. Scott Young posted 20 Tricks to Nuke a Bad Habit and I'm sure that in those 20 tricks you can find YOUR key to give you the strength to create that new good habit. Mine is #8: Make it an Experiment. Be a scientist. Just try the new habit to see what it will be like, rather than a great emotional struggle. This will help keep you focused on conditioning the trial and allow you to view results with less bias.

So, I joined NaBloPoMo because #1 of Scott's Tricks is : Commit for a Month. Thirty days is all you need to make a habit change permanent. Less time than that and the new alternative might not be hardwired into your brain. More time and any failures to last are usually a failure of strategy, not duration. Joining NaBloPoMo is a commitment to blog every day for a month.

Symbolic, I know, but maybe that will inspire me to do other positive things every day....such as exercise, filing, housework, laundry.....well....one thing at a time. After all, Scott's Trick #3 is: Start Small . Changing habits isn’t a matter of willpower, but patience and strategy. Don’t expect to overhaul your diet, exercise or thinking patterns in a day. Tackle one habit at a time.

See you here tomorrow!


Yummy~issimo! said...

Great! Now I have to add all these Zen things to my "To Do" List :) Why couldn't we just commit to having an extra glass of wine every evening?

Chef Debbie said...

Let's do that at Bootcamp!

Karen said...

I'm thinking I like the way yummy thinks. (and you too)
Glad to hear we'll be seeing more missives from you.
I'll try to get back to more blogging again, too.