And So It Begins, Again...
It’s finally here. Happy 2021 to you and your families!
I am excited to start a new year (I always am), and especially excited to put 2020 in the rear view mirror. When thinking about a new year, and ways I want to grow personally and professionally, I think about habits.
Last year, I developed a habit of doing yoga every day. In all honesty though, it started on March 19 when my gym was closed due to Covid. Anyway, I only skipped one day (Christmas). When I finish my yoga practice everyday I have a sense of achievement and feel great. After doing it for so many months, practicing yoga daily is now a habit.
Developing positive habits can be hard.
Do you have a positive habit that you have started or would like to start this year?
“Good habits are worth being fanatical about.“
There are many resources to learn how to create good habits, if you dare to take that first step and commit to it. Atomic Habits by James Clear and Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg are both good books on the subject.
I personally like BJ Fogg’s approach where he uses this model: Behavior = Motivation + Ability + Prompt. If you’d like a short cut, here is a quick video on how it works:
It takes an average of 66 days to develop a new habit, but a habit can click in anywhere from 18 to 254 days, according to recent article in Healthline. When it comes to your health, starting a healthy exercise habit that delivers 150-300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week is “the closest thing we have to the fountain of youth” according to Dr. Libby Richards of Purdue University.
Kick off this new year by investing in yourself in a positive way – commit to increasing your physical activity, create a new habit, reframe a tough situation, rethink your career goals or develop a new self-care routine. Whatever you do, take care of yourself and remember to have fun. Laughter is the BEST of all medicines.
Have a great start to 2021,