Brian Braudis’ 1-Minute Morning Memo: November 16, 2015 – Today’s focus: Habits

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Today’s Coaching: Habits…or Routines. It is common knowledge that good habits are what help us excel, right? The puzzle I encounter most with clients is making what is commonly known, common practice. We all know we should eat right and exercise but somehow most of us don’t do it.

“How do I make a habit of building good habits?”  Research on this topic is messy. Turns out it depends on the individual. Good guidelines are to develop a big dream or goal like lose 10 pounds in 8 months or exercise 4 days a week by the end of the year and then establish smaller micro goals to build success and reach the goal. Makes sense right?

The primary obstacle I see is most people don’t embrace a long-term view. People in the fast, temporary relief, instant on, microwave culture we live in don’t want to lose 10 pounds in 8 months. They want it now! The long-term focus is additional resistance to building the habits that cultivate good habits.

We need to find a way to dream big and align the dream with day-to-day activities.  Since often the day-to-day actions do not result in quick, dramatic changes, but eventually will over time, documentation and monitoring progress is essential. You have to know where you’re going and plan for it.

Look at what you are documenting each day and if they align with your big dream, you’re on your way.

Habits are built each day not in a day. Slow and steady wins the race.

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