Motivation to Change

Small Habits * Big Changes

Nobody really likes change.  There are people who say they love it.  Those people lie.

I try and try and try to force myself to change and it NEVER works.  I make these grand declarations like “I’m going to cut back on drinking boxed wine” and then I spit choke my boxed wine all over the screen, because I know that’s absolute horse shit and will never happen.

I think most of us are like that.  Change is hard.  We don’t like it.  WE DON’T LIKE IT !!! It makes us want to scream, hit things with sticks and scream while hitting things with sticks.

but we can do it … in small doses

They say it takes 7 days to develop a good habit (if you do it daily) or 7 days to change a bad habit (if you do it daily).  I don’t know who the hell “they” are, but they are also full of absolute horse shit.  It takes longer than that … even longer if you really love boxed wine.

So for the past few weeks I’ve chosen small changes I can make.

I have a horrible habit of checking my phone while I’m driving.  I know.  I know.  I’m a horrible person blah blah blah.  I’m trying to change.  Did you not just read this post?  I’ve been checking it before I leave my driveway, leaving it in my purse on the drive to and from work and then checking it again when I get home.  It has NOT been an easy change for me, but I’m doing it for the safety of myself and mankind.  I’m such a giver.  It also gives me a chance to actually see the beautiful Oklahoma landscape (not counting the landfill I drive by every day) and to really concentrate on what I’m doing … which is probably a good thing considering I’m controlling a ton sized weapon.

I’m writing and typing slower.  This sounds like a weird thing to worry about, but I’m kind of weird so hear me out.  When you write slower your penmanship improves dramatically and your mind really concentrates on what you’re writing.  When you type slower you make less mistakes and have a better flow to your writing.  I typed that without any errors … oh shit .. wait … I just had to backspace twice.  It’s a work in progress.

I’ve stopped adding extra salt to my food.  It was just a bad habit.  I wouldn’t even taste the food before I did it.  I just picked it up, sprinkled it on and ate it.  I don’t miss the flavor of it one bit and I know my body doesn’t miss the extra salt.  Oh wait … I still have to salt my ketchup when I eat French fries.  That is not negotiable.  EVER.

I’ve stopped having a jar (yes, I drink wine from a jar with ice and a straw … it’s really damn classy) of wine or a beer in the evenings (Monday – Thursday).  It was just a bad habit and I feel better without it.

What bad habits can you slowly break?  What good ones can you adopt?

You can do it!  I know you can.  If I can then I KNOW you can.  Boxed wine for everyone (only on a Friday or Saturday though)  !!!

 


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