Are you hoping to change your behavior or create a new habit?
Similar to training a puppy, encouraging a new behavior can require changing behavior or “undoing” a current habit. Unlike a dog, however, we humans CHOOSE our behaviors – and asking 3 questions makes it a conscious choice.
Changing our habits is like trying to turn a cruise ship around – it takes effort and a lot of steering! If you’re on that grind, trying to switch things up in your life, whether grabbing a new habit or kicking an old one to the curb, I’ve got a little toolkit of questions that can help. These aren’t your everyday questions; they’re like secret weapons for anyone serious about shaking things up for the better.
Let’s put these questions into practical context:
Exercise: Suppose you’ve committed to working out regularly, but you’re tempted to skip a workout today. Ask yourself 3 Questions:
Question #1: “Am I choosing to skip my workout?”
Let’s talk about the autopilot we all get stuck on. You know, doing the same old thing without even thinking about it? Well, here’s where you hit the brakes and ask, “Am I choosing to do this?” This question is a game-changer. It makes you stop and realize, “Hey, I’m actually in control here.” It’s about waking up to the fact that you’ve got the power to decide what you do instead of just rolling with the usual.
Question #2: “How do I feel right now, and what are my intentions behind skipping?”
Next up, when you’re feeling wishy-washy about making a decision, pause and ask yourself, “How am I feeling right now, and what are my intentions?” We’ve all been there, making choices based on a mood or a whim, but this question gets you to dig deeper. It’s about understanding what’s driving your choices – are you just following old habits, or are you trying to make a move that will actually help you?
Question #3: “Will skipping this workout align with my goal of becoming healthier and stronger?”
Now, for the big one: “Does this choice align with my goals and what I promised myself?” We all have those big dreams and personal pep talks, right? This question ties your right-now choice to those big-picture goals. It’s like having a mini-me on your shoulder, reminding you of what you’re working towards. Whether it’s getting fit, nailing your to-do list, or just living better, this question keeps you on track.
By running through these questions, you get to the heart of what you really want and make choices that stick to your plan. They’re like your personal cheerleaders, pushing you to break free from the same old routine and make choices about you and your growth.
So, remember, when you’re aiming to switch up your game, it’s all about being mindful of what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and where you want it to take you. Keep these three questions in your back pocket, and you’ll find yourself making moves about moving forward. Let these questions be your guide, whether you’re lacing up those sneakers, choosing to spend time on a stress-reducing activity rather than crossing one more task off your list, or whatever else you’re working on.