If you want to build a new habit, you will need to make new choices.
Building a new habit involves making new choices.
For example, I wanted to write a daily blog post. I have been a consistent early riser for years. I would wake up, do my morning spiritual practice, check email, check social media, read the newspaper, then read several of the newsletters I subscribe to.
Then shower. Pack lunch. Head to work.
Often these activities would leave me feeling anxious, angry, and fearful.
If I wanted to create a daily writing habit, I had to make new choices.
People will tell you all you need is a new mindset.
You need a mindset that directs you towards choices that support your new habit.
For me, the new habit was daily writing and posting to my blog.
I was going to continue to wake up early.
I was going to continue my spiritual practice.
That left me with the choice. What do I do after my spiritual practice is over?
I had to chose to write to create. I had to move all of the consumption of media.
The choices in front of me continue to consume or create.
I made the decision to write first thing in the morning.
I didn’t give up checking social media, reading my newsletters or newspapers.
I just had to move them. Those activities were not supporting the new habit I wished to create.
They weren’t bad. They just didn’t support my habit.
So I made a new choice.
I can look back each day and know that I put something into the word.
Something that hopefully will help.
The recipe for a new habit? A dash of mindset. A mix of inspiration.
The main ingredient needs to consist of new choices. You can’t create a new habit if you continue to make old choices.
What new choices do you need to make to support the new habit you want to create?