The Power of Habit

Bad Habit Central

Where habits are formed

“It is facile to imply that smoking, alcoholism, overeating, or other ingrained patters can be upended without real effort. Genuine change requires work and self-understanding of the cravings driving behaviours.”

Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

I just finished the unabridged audio version of  “The Power of Habit”.  I chose the opening quote because it’s the crux of my lesson. Hard work is something I’m used to – in this particular instance, it’s the “self-understanding of the cravings driving behaviours” that will be the challenge. It’s a key part of the formula needed to make long lasting change.

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Mindset Matters 2013

What I focus on in life is what I get. And if I concentrate on how bad I am or how wrong I am or how inadequate I am, if I concentrate on what I can’t do and how there’s not enough time in which to do it, isn’t that what I get every time? And when I think about how powerful I am, and when I think about what I have left to contribute, and when I think about the difference I can make on this planet, then that’s what I get. You see, I recognize that it’s not what happens to you; it’s what you do about it. 
W. O. Mitchell

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A Cycle of Change

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

Lao Tzu

Do you ever have those times where it seems like absolutely everything in your life is changing all at once? I’m usually the first to embrace change – I get bored when things stay the same for too long.  Some of the changes in my life are happy ones – our youngest son graduated from high school and will be moving into the next chapter of his life – I see that as an exciting change.

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Bad Habits

Bad Habit Central

Where habits are formed

“First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.” Dr. Rob Gilbert

Are you reinforcing habits that no longer serve you? I didn’t think I was until I woke up this morning and realized that I was tired – and that I was tired yesterday and the day before too. Hmm. Physically, I’m fine. I’ve had a check-up pretty recently and my health is great.

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Valentines Day Mindset

candy-heartsNo, I haven’t completely lost my mind. I know Valentines Day is over, that’s actually the point of this post.. The flowers are starting to fade and wither and the cards and gifts are already becoming a distant memory. So what are you doing to keep the Valentines Day mindset?

For one day of the year, as a nation, we focus on our loved ones. Everywhere you turn there is an abundance of hearts and flowers, candy, cards, and gifts of every kind. All attention is focused on the special person in your life. The next day we wake up and perhaps start to fall back into old habits. The “I love you’s” and sugar coated sentiments are behind us and “real life” comes back into motion. Why?

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