We all have our habits and some of those are counterproductive to our well being, but we may not even realise it. Things that have become a part of our daily life may in fact be sapping us of our natural positivity. Many of us have these blind spots and we may even fail to see the impact the unproductive behaviours are having on us as well as on others.
A prime example of this is technology and social media. So many of us are inseparable from our mobile phones. Constant connectivity has become a shared habit held by many but how connected have we remained to those around us? Think about how often you see a family at a restaurant and they are all on separate devices engaged in their own entertainment.
Many of us find emotional solace in some way by engaging in our unproductive habits. To kick a habit you need to substitute it with a something else that fills that emotional need in a positive way. As with many things, YOU need to WANT to make the change. It needs to come from you, you need to be ready both mentally and emotionally to kick the counterproductive habit and move forward. If you are doing it for someone else, you are almost guaranteed to fail.
There is no one formula to change a habit, as people are different. For some it takes a ‘cold turkey’ approach, while for others taking small steps is better. For example if you feel that you may be addicted to your phone and feel that being without it for long periods of time is impossible to even consider, start small. Have a ‘no phones with meals’ rule and then increase from there.
Counterproductive habits may not be just physical habits, there are also emotional habits that are very counterproductive. These can be the way that we talk to ourselves. Self criticism and negative self talk are very destructive habits which many of us hang on to.
Learning to replace this negative and destructive way of interacting with ourselves is the main topic for the next campaign that we will be running so be sure to stay tuned and I would love you to stay engaged. I would love to hear if you have made any changes during this campaign and also what you have found helpful, and if you have any suggestions for things that we could change and improve on in the future.
Our activity for this week is actually very simple. We will take you over to some previous writings that I have done to complete this weeks #riseabove. >> Your Turn – #riseabove