Environmental Changes Drive Your Habits
Written by Shane Farmer
You’re undertaking a whole new way of life. Maybe it’s a nutritional change, maybe you’re definitely going to wake up earlier every day this month, or the gym seems to be only happening once a week so you’re going to make it at least 3 times a week.
There are so many reasons why new habits are hard to create. What you should be taking a look at is what your environment is telling you to do. Look around – is your surrounding environment on the same path you are? No? How do you think that’s affecting your ability to stick with the progress you want to make?
We make choices everyday to surround ourselves with people, places, and things that round about create our habits and patterns.
To make a change, it’s time to step back and realize if the environment surrounding your habit is supporting the new exciting way, or the old can’t break it habit.
It’s easy to forget the “change” part of a new habit. We start with the best intentions, but pretty soon everything continues on as before and before we know it we can’t remember what we were trying to change.
Take a look at the new desired habit and figure out what environmental factors need to shift to create an environment that’s conducive to your desired new habit.
You could join a support group, you could remove the culprit from your cupboard, or you could create alerts that you see and hear regularly. There is no end to the change we can make.
Think of this as your preparation. By aligning the right environment with your desired habit change you’ll significantly increase your odds of success.
Remember, new habits are a practice that we all struggle with. It’s normal to trip on the way to what you want. It’s the people who get up, dust themselves off, and are humble about their missed steps. Accept it, learn from it, and move on having gained the knowledge of that experience.