Have you thought about giving up some old habits that aren’t helping you, or maybe you know there are some new things you could do that would really enhance your life? What’s holding you back?
Here in the UK it’s the first day of Stoptober – Stop Smoking month, where the organisers recognise, that stopping smoking as part of a group challenge, increases the chance of success, significantly. Research however tells us that it’s no longer the old ’21 days to change a habit’, it’s more like 66 days and for some people even longer.
It also really helps, when giving up something, to replace it with something new. If you’re joining in with the Stoptober challenge, give some thought about what you’re going to replace the smoking with. Often, people don’t think consciously about what they’ll do instead of smoking, and they end up taking on another habit that doesn’t help them in the long-term – overeating!!
When you recognise that you’ll need to fill the no smoking gap with something else, you can decide what it is and that it can be something that will really benefit you and that you really enjoy doing. Taking on a new and enjoyable habit is not only filling the gap created by the ‘no smoking’, but it’s also giving you something else in your life that’s really enjoyable and therefore helps you stay on track.
Joining in the 90 day Habit Changing Challenge provides support way beyond the 28 days of the Stoptober Give Up Smoking Challenge, so why not join both and get the boost you need to keep going.
The Brilliance Within 90 Day Habit Changing Challenge is working great for people who simply want to start doing something new. It’s working really well for the current members, who’ve commented that being part of the group is motivating them to take at least 1 action every day toward their new habit/goal. We keep the rules very simple – Take 1 action every day. If you miss a day, the calendar re-sets to day 1.
The action can be varied, so long as it supports your new habit and doesn’t have to be massive action. What I’ve found is even on the days where I’m pushed for time, I’m still able to achieve my goal of exercising every day for a minimum of 5 minutes. This way, I’m building on success and never feel like I’ve failed – hey – who can’t manage 5 minutes? In reality though, most days I manage 20-30 minutes. For the first time in a very long time, I’m actually enjoying exercising! Now I’m 33 days into the challenge, I’m noticing a difference. I’m no longer trying to keep up with the challenge, I’m actually enjoying it!
So, if you want to make some changes in your life, why not join us in the challenge and start changing your life one habit at a time?
If you’d like more information, leave me a comment. I’ve set up a Facebook support group which I’ll add you into as well.
Stop THINKING about trying and start COMMITING yourself to changing! Even the rain isn’t holding me back… it would have done previously!