Sometimes it's the smallest changes that make the biggest differences in our lives.
Look back over your life and consider the little tweaks you've made that led you to be happier, healthier, or more fulfilled. At the time you initiated these changes, you may have felt little impact. But in retrospect you see how profound they were. Your life is better as a result.
Making positive life change is really a process of adding new habits to our days. Every change is comprised of a series of small new behaviors you must adopt into your schedule.
But of course adding new habits isn't as easy as simply inserting these new behaviors and assuming they will stick. You probably know this from past experience. Perhaps you've made New Year's resolutions or decided on a goal you wanted to achieve. You begin with lots of energy and great intentions, but after a few days or weeks, your enthusiasm dries up and you give up on your goal.
Habit formation is difficult because our brains are accustomed to the familiar. When we add a new habit into our lives, we literally have to rewire our brains. We must practice the habit long enough until we create new neural pathways that allow the new habit to become automatic.
Remember when you were learning to drive a car, and you were aware of everything? Your mind was overwhelmed with all of input from learning this complicated skill. But over time and with practice, driving has become natural and easy.
Creating positive habits involves a particular set of skills. Here's a brief rundown: (more…)