So, we’ve spent the past three-plus years pursuing Peace with Food like mad scientists. If you had been in our laboratory it would have looked a lot like this:
Experiment – Fail – Adjust – Experiment – Fail – Adjust
But experimenting wasn’t the only thing we did. We studied the lives of successful people and how they overcame their obstacles. And one of the things that we observed was that they were all masters at creating habits that would serve their best interests. As we contemplated their lives, we realized that where we are today is the result of the daily choices we’ve made over the long haul. To bring about a new and better habit in place of a bad habit, we simply needed to begin practicing the new behavior we desired on a daily basis.
This reminds us of a piece of advice a Financial Planner gave to a bride and groom we know:
Invest a little over a long period of time.
There you have it. The secret to creating a new habit which results in developing a skill. But where should we begin?
Truth be told, most of us probably have numerous habits that aren’t serving our best interest, but we also have a limited amount of time and energy so it is important to choose wisely. One question we like to ask our selves is, “What one habit, if I had it, would bring about the biggest change in my life.” Put another way, “What one habit would give me a quantum leap in my life?”
That’s where we would begin. However, if tackling that habit is too overwhelming, you may want to take a different approach and build your confidence by focusing on developing a smaller and easier habit that will help get a success under your belt. Then you can move on to the more challenging habit.
Regardless what habit you choose, just begin. Time is ticking. At the end of the day, will you have invested a little towards that new habit? We hope so. 🙂
Invest a little bit daily over a long period of time.