Creating Productive Habits


They say it takes 30 days to create a habit.  When the behaviour is detrimental to our happiness the time generated seems much less.  Correcting it with a more productive routine can feel like an eternity before any progress is made.  What is needed is perseverance and fortitude.  We forget that the destructive actions were forged over time.  Doing things (whether good or bad) once, does not a habit make.

The difference is that most bad habits consist of guilty pleasures.  And while they are steeped in enjoyment they are also harmful to our overall health and wellbeing.  So how does one create a more productive habit?

The answer is simple.  The same way a wicked practise is forged.  The distinction, of course, is in the attitude.  Finding the positive alternative must be a personal choice.  Trying to quit smoking?  Switch that activity with a positive substitute.  One that you find as pleasurable ad filling your lungs with poisonous toxins.  Use your imagination to label the awful conduct as odious.  Then brand the new practise as being so gratifying you will want to continue with it.

I know the simplicity of this brings out the contrariness in most.  If it were so easy no one would indulge in bad habits.  Changing is as easy or hard as one wants to believe it to be.  Being certain it is hard is really an excuse to carry on yielding to the bad behaviour.  Sometimes our very identity will be threatened by such a change.

The truth is, whatever modifications made will also become who you are.  No one has to remain in a negative place.  Living, growing and learning are all part of our experience on earth.  We all know the things we should do.  Taking a stand and actively moving in the direction of personal improvement is within reach.

To create those productive habits, one has to take up the challenge and lay out a plan for themselves.  Then implement, make it fun and enjoy.

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One thought on “Creating Productive Habits

  1. Great stuff, thanks for sharing! 🙂

    I’ve found the best way to make a habit stick is to focus on the reason why. By seeing the value in the habit you’re trying to form will help you to stick at it. Before you know it, those magical 30 days are up and that habit is formed and a part of your daily routine.

    I used the same method with starting my daily meditation practise. Thinking of the benefits, such as clarity of mind, helped me to stick at it and now I meditate 20 minutes a day!

    Loving the content, keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

    PS – On a related note, I’m on the hunt for feedback for my new show The HERO Podcast! It’s all about creating healthy habits, and making those new year’s resolutions become a reality. You might enjoy the latest episode with Derek Doepker all about making lasting changes. You can check it out (and maybe leave a short review if you like) here: http://apple.co/2kjNoGN

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