Creating a new habitual behaviour…

At first, it’s easy. It’s different, new and you are focussed on it. Maybe you are doing it as the result of something that inspired you. Inspiration makes light work of any task.

Then it gets tougher. The inspiration seems a distant memory, the changes seem slow, the old way of doing things seems much easier. It is such an effort now…

Imagine the consequences in detail:
1. What would (or wouldn’t) happen if I did it?
2. What would (or wouldn’t) happen if I didn’t do it?
3. How will I feel if I do this?
4. How will I feel if I don’t do this?
5. What will my life be like in 1 year’s time if I don’t do this now?

Notice that each time you go through a tough spot, it gets easier next time. And unfortunately, vice versa.
So, be ready for the tough spots, and you will be able to push through them and in time, embed the new habit.

How badly do want that new habit?

It’s not so much about doing what you like, but liking the results of what you do.

We can only change who we are and what we habitually do to the extent that we can tolerate some discomfort during the change.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Expert on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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