Happy New Year! We hope you are all having a great start to your year. To us, it’s a fresh start—a chance to reset and refocus on our goals, be they personal or professional. We’re so excited to share our new approach to growth by building new habits. 2023 definitely feels like the best time to dive deeper into personal growth.
We believe that habits are the key to continuous growth. But what is a habit? And why do we need to build habits?
A habit is a series of actions that you repeat every time under certain conditions. For example, if you want to start toning your body after the festivities, you can make a decision to go for a walk each day after work.
While goals are important, they’re not enough. You can have all the best intentions in the world and still fail if you don’t take advantage of the power of habits. Think of habits as the building blocks to achieving your goals.
Did you know that humans are creatures of habit? We barely think about brushing our teeth because it’s already part of our day-to-day routine.
If you really think about it, the habit started with a caregiver teaching you how to brush your teeth and having you repeat it for many days around the same time. In essence, the action (brushing teeth) happens automatically and without thinking about it beforehand.
As an adult, you are in charge of choosing good habits you want to adopt. This is why it’s important to keep trying new things and checking in with yourself when working on building new habits—you want to make sure that every time you do something new, it’s something that feels good enough so that doing it again doesn’t feel like work.
The brain actually keeps a record of the habits that we have built over time. However, the brain may not know whether they are good, bad, or neutral. This means whatever you repeat daily is what the brain adapts- because you keep telling the brain, “This is important. Remember it.”
Now, imagine being able to teach your brain new habits that actually matter to your own growth. That is a definite game-changer! The bigger motivation is to actually use these new habits to remove all the distractions, make better choices and focus on what actually matters to you.
There are many reasons why forming new habits is so difficult, but we’re going to focus on one of them here: perfectionism. Perfectionists remain mentally frozen because they want everything to be perfect before they start working towards it. You have to start somewhere, so you might as well start small and build up from there
Choose to focus on progress over perfection. This means that even though you don’t want every single detail of your habit perfectly formed before starting it—you do want to progress towards that goal!
Today is a great day to start making those healthy choices a part of your routine—not just as a resolution but as a habit. What new habits would you like to learn? Share with us on our social media accounts Facebook and Twitter.