Life Change = You Can ChangeMar 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?
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. ❤️