Do you LIVE CONSCIOUSLY or let unconscious habits run your life?
I recently had the pleasure of hearing and seeing Gretchen Rubin in Calgary and was astounded by her research that 40% of our day is lived unconsciously through habit. Isn't that incredible? Never mind that we have 40% of our waking hours where we are just floating along but what if we have more bad habits than good? I'm no expert, but I wonder if that number is so high due to information and sensory overload in our fast paced world that we just need something to hold onto for comfort? Something to ground us, even when we know it is not helping us to achieve our personal or professional goals.
Research further suggests that it takes 21 days to form a habit and a habit by pure definition is a routine behaviour that over time becomes almost involuntary. The only good news in all of this is that at some point we made a conscious decision over several days to create this routine. Having proven we can create a habit we can further prove that another conscious decision can break it. My challenge to myself and to everyone else is to pause and take the time to assess your habits, break the bad ones, keep the ones that contribute to your goals and dreams and create new ones that support what you are trying to achieve.
Can you imagine what opportunities would be available to you and the power you have to impact the future outcome of your well being from an intellectual, emotional and physical stand point if you LIVED CONSCIOUSLY every day? What would be the impact to you personally and professionally if you stayed actively engaged throughout the day? I can honestly say the difference in my life has been incredible already and I still have work to do. I used to wake up and look at my emails and messages before I even got out of bed or showered which set the tone and focus for my day. Now I consciously take time at night to reflect on my day, look for missed opportunities or wasted efforts and plan for the next day to up my game even more. Then when I wake up in the morning, I take the time to centre myself, bring my goals and dreams into focus and then I execute on my plan but with a keen awareness to what is happening around me. Do I fully win every day, of course not, but do I move forward and do I continue to try and improve, absolutely! Life is not a destination but a journey and if I can do it so can you!