Powerful Habits in 21 Days

*** This post, as it is the first of this series, is the longest, all others will be MUCH shorter, I promise***

You know the saying.  “This is the first day of the rest of your life”  (!!)

I got so *excited* before writing this post, I had to take a time-out:  Seriously. 

I hope you are equally excited about this adventure we’re on.  For the next 21 days you will operate at your highest and best as you create a new and powerful success habit.  It’s important that you tell your brain that you will be doing something new for 21 days – just 21 days!  It will be easier to accept.

GRAB THAT IMAGE OF YOU LIVING WITH YOUR NEW HABIT and place it firmly in your mind, spirit, heart and soul.   Only total commitment to action will work.

Dr. Therman Evans says, “you must behave your way into a new way of thinking and you can’t think your way into a new way of behaving.”

As a group you are working on a wide range of habits, you live all over the world in a variety of cultures but you have one powerful thing in common.  You have decided to take charge of some aspect of your life and create a powerful new habit! 

This blog will provide support, motivation and information.  Visit it regularly throughout the 21 day period.

Be aware that the more closely you adhere to the guidelines and suggestions of this program, the more likely you are to create your new and powerful success habit.

Guidelines & Suggestions for Day 1 Activities:

1. Purchase a notebook or journal and dedicate it to this process – use for the following exercises and for daily logging  (or blogging!)

2. Write a very specific and positive commitment statement about this habit. For instance – “For the next 21 days I will enjoy gaining control of my health by eliminating caffeine and replacing it with water.  My new success habit is constant hydration!”

3. Write a very specific gain/loose statement.  What will you gain from this new habit (be very descriptive and very specific) and what will you loose if you don’t create this new success habit?  Create two columns and fill in a page of specifics.

4. Place any items, pictures, quotes or symbols that will help to keep you focused and motivated,  in your journal

You may think, “I know all of this in my head, I get it.”   Let me tell you, it is not enough.  Writing your precious thoughts, insights and plans is mandatory if you hope to act on them and get the most benefits from them. 

There’s another point too.  Your willingness to follow the directions of a program is extremely significant.  Often there’s this silent resistance to following guidelines that distract us from taking action.  Then of course we fail to realize the results we keep seeking. 

A healthy dose of humility and willingness to be guided is critical.  If you sow resistance into your life, your life and all its glory will resist you back! We do reap what we sow.

Here’s another opportunity to practice non-resistance .  The following 7 step strategy is your guarantee of success.

The Seven Step How to Create Successful Habits Strategy:

1. Be committed and passionate about creating the habit you selected.  It has to MEAN a lot to you.  You have to be clear about the compelling reasons to do this!

2. Have a plan – Think ahead of what you will need – resources, people, time, etc- to make this happen, write out a plan of how you will approach each day.  If you have a regular routine surrounding a habit you’re changing, create and commit to a substitute routine.  What is your strategy for dealing with “friendly” sabotage (those ‘friends’ who don’t quite get what you’re doing and why) and challenging situations – which will appear in the form of moods, needs, emotions, “bad” days  and frustrations…What’s your plan of action for handling these situations? If you have spiritual rituals or activities, it’s vital to make them part of your plan.

3. Be organized – journal daily and follow these directions.  Also, block time in your day to consciously take action on your new habit.

4. Get Light! – Clear the Way –  A magic moment for me this morning: I was at my kitchen window and saw a bird in my driveway, perched on top of a tarpaulin that was dropped on the ground but wasn’t flat on the ground (the blue ones, very light material.)   I was thinking how amazing it was for this bird to be landing and staying on the top of a pocket of air practically. Then it walked around!…the image of it prancing around, not weighted down by any baggage, concerns or grudges actually made me laugh out loud.  The application to this program was obvious.  How light are you for this journey?   What troubles from yesterday are you taking into tomorrow while robbing you of today? Consider what excess baggage you can leave – you can even decide to pick it back up later (let’s see if that’s going to appeal to you after NOT being weighted down by it for 21 days!)   And here’s the magic of that moment for me.  I was thinking, if that bird had some piece of leaf or crumb on his wings, weighing him down, it would no doubt shake it off before flying off. And as if on cue, the bird did a shake, then another and flew off light as a feather. The bird was working along with me!  So, what can you shake off today?  Habit breaking and forming can be a challenge, are you light enough for the journey?

5. Speak Success to yourself daily.  This is part of having a plan too. Watch how you speak to yourself about what you’re attempting to do. VERY powerful.  You know, “as a man thinketh, so he is” Also, speak with or email your accountability partner regularly to motivate them and help them to remain on task.

6. Get your heart right.   Think of the best reason possible for achieving this goal of creating a powerful new success habit.  With this new habit, other than yourself, who will benefit?  Family? Employees? Clients and customers? The masses waiting for your product or service?  How can you pay this forward?  Who can you help with creating a new habit?

7. Apply what you already know, get more information only where needed.  If you permit yourself, you’ll recognize how much knowledge you already have about this process, “successful habit creating” strategies. I call this APK – acknowledge your present knowledge, build on what on you know and stop wasting time re-learning old information ( a sophisticated form of procrastination.)  Do research only where needed. 

Reading up on the research done by Maxwell Maltz – father of this material on    creating habits in 21 days, is a good idea if you’ve never heard of him or read his work.  Also, finding relevant information regarding your particular habit is useful as well. ( please note: doing this “research” should not replace tacking action with this process!)

Follow these guidelines and I promise you, you will be successful!  Every successful undertaking requires a systematic strategy and, commitment to the action steps required.
Many of you have attempted to create your new habit before.  All of those efforts were to prepare you for this time.  This is the right time and the right place to take your life to whole other level: where your magnificence and alignment with your purpose will prevail.

Until tomorrow!

To Your Success,
Julette

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