Life Change = You Can Change

behavior change change habits Mar 21, 2020

Life gets tossed up.⁣

Whether it’s a viral pandemic or you started a new job or you moved to a new city.⁣

In situations of uncertainty and confusion — the last thing we think about is making MORE change.⁣

But we have research to show that these times are actually BEST for change.⁣

ENTER 👉 the *habit discontinuity hypothesis*⁣

✏️ When old habits + automatic motions of life are temporarily disturbed, people are more open to new information & in a better place adopt a mindset for change⁣

Current habits and lifestyle (the good and the bad) are reinforced when our daily lives and environment stay the same every day.⁣

So when you suddenly work from home every day?⁣

Or your daily responsibilities are turned up side down?⁣

Maybe your morning routine is forced to look entirely different?⁣

PERFECT! 🙌 ⁣⁣

This is a great time to reflect and see what you want to change/adjust in your life, instead of living in auto-pilot mode ✈️

Here’s how it works ⤵️

1️⃣ Old habits “unfreeze” from automaticity, because the cues that initiate them no longer occur⁣⁣

...No cues = a more conscious, deliberate process is required⁣

...Conscious process = new behaviors can emerge, new habits can be formed 🧠

2️⃣ when things get tossed up, you have lots of new choices and decisions to make⁣

This places you in a more deliberative headspace, rather than relying on habits and not having to think much⁣⁣

𝗖𝗮𝗽𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀: what strategies and behaviors can you CHOOSE that best align with who you want to be?⁣

3️⃣ life changes provide you with an opportunity to act on your values, or change them⁣⁣

Nearly 50% of what we do every day is habitual⁣

When life changes... this is your opportunity to reflect on your values and make conscious decisions that line up with them⁣

‼️ For instance, perhaps this crazy time right now is causing you to reflect on how much you value your health?⁣

It’s hard to see the positives in a shitty situation. But I promise you, if you’re OPEN to recognizing them — you’ll see ‘em. ❤️