A habit is defined as: “a settled tendency or usual manner of behavior … ; an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary …: a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition” (Merriam-Webster dictionary – https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habit)
When we choose to make something a habit, we integrate it into our lives and regularly repeat it, so over time we don’t have to make a decision about whether or not to do it. Becoming consciously aware of the benefits a positive habit brings to you, such as a feeling of calmness and being grounded that comes from meditating daily, is beneficial. Such positive results support you to continue those behaviors.
What habits have served you well in 2019 that you wish to bring into 2020?
I encourage you to spend some time reflecting on those habits that have supported your physical, emotional, social and spiritual health and to writing them down. A personal example is – The habits I commit to continuing in 2020 are:
- Daily meditation
- Daily stretch routine
- Regular yoga classes (3 times/week)
- Regular walks in nature (3 or more times/week)
- Listening to my body and trusting in its wisdom.
What new habits do you wish to embrace in the New Year?
The new habits I commit to embracing are:
- Unplugging from technology for 24 hours or more every weekend
- Writing on a regular basis (i.e. 4 or more times/week for 20 minutes or more each time)
- Ending my days reflecting on what I am grateful for and any lessons learned
- Having regular massages and/or energy work (every 6 weeks to 8 weeks)
- Becoming more conscious of living in the present moment and practicing mindfulness
- Meeting with friends one or more times/week
- Increasing the percentage of plants and legumes in my diet to 50 percent
What habits do I commit to letting go of/releasing in 2020?
- Judging myself and others
- The belief that in order to be loved and valued I need to perform and achieve each day
- Spending so much time on the computer daily.
Writing down what you commit to, strengthens the possibility of you actually creating new habits and releasing old ones that no longer serve you.
I’d love to hear what habits you are bringing into 2020, what new ones you are creating and which ones you are choosing to let go of. I invite you to share your thoughts below.