An old habit is usually related to something bad. What if you could harness this power in order to improve your life?
By constant repetition our brain has been wired in a way that it feels easier to perform that bad habit than doing the good thing.
Instead of blaming everything on the old habits, invite them in and use them (they won’t mind), use them as a trigger for the recurring thing you intend to do on a daily basis. Instead of thinking “I’m going to eat that bar of chocolate and ___ (fill in the blanks with your favorite selfflagelating words)”, next time you feel like falling for an old habit try “Ok. I’ve been here before. I’m going to eat the chocolate but first, I have to do this thing for 5 minutes”. Not only you’ll feel better, but there will be situations where you will be so absorbed by the process that you’ll forget that you wanted to eat.
The good part is related to the good that comes with pivoting, by commiting to 15 minutes a day, by showing up over and over again, you’ll develop old habits, the good kind. Guess I haven’t repeated enough, that’s why I’m saying it one more time: commit for 15 minutes (if that’s not possible, go for 10 or even 5, all you have to do is show up.
The worst time to come up with these bad habits was 20 years ago, the best time to come up with some long lasting old habits, is now.
[this is the first draft; i’ll look over it tomorrow and see if there’s something that makes sense]