Part of my professional life comes from helping people identify and change how they can improve their lives. I get calls every day of the week from individuals who succeed in many aspects of their lives but are still disappointed in themselves. One of the most common reasons for this disappointment is people’s bad habits.
One of my current favorite authors, Mark Matteson, talks about bad habits in the following quote: “Bad habits are easy to form and hard to live with. Good habits are hard to form and easy to live with.” I’d recommend reading his book Freedom from Fear. It’s my current read, and I love it.
Breaking Bad Habits
Fun fact for you to know and repeat: 70% of what we do daily is grounded in habit. Knowing that 70% of our daily activities are directly associated with our habits makes it more critical than ever to make sure we are in the process of forming good habits, which in turn create good routines and result in a good, healthier, and overall happier life.
So we look at eliminating or modifying bad habits in two primary ways:
- Slowly over time, with marginal change
- Violently in the short term with forced change
Everyone changes differently and works to modify their life in different ways. Still, as a health and fitness coach, I work primarily with the people in the second state. People that have gotten fed up with waiting for the change to happen are looking for a “violent catalyst” to help change their bad habits.
So how do I help?
The Importance of Routine
The short answer is “routines.” I always like to start good habits by having my clients set a life routine that consists of a morning, daytime, and nighttime routine. Sometimes it’s as simple as making your bed, taking a poop, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, going to work, etc. But many of my clients like to incorporate daily tasks to influence and affect the five main areas of everyone’s life.
- Relationships (friendships, family, and romantic)
- Spiritual/Mental/Emotional Wellbeing
If you have read this far into this article, then good for you, but here is your homework! Immediately after reading this, sit down and create a routine checklist. Write down or type up all the activities you should be doing every day, not what you do but what you should do. Make your morning, daytime, and nighttime routine and a checklist that you can mark off as successful or not. The list doesn’t need to be a mile long, but it could be if you think it will work well for you.
Look at creating a perfect day on paper and then set out to accomplish each of your tasks one step at a time. Don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t get 100% every day, but try to follow your routine for a month and see how your bad habits start to fall off and how you replace them with good habits. Remember, we’re all running a race that doesn’t end. We make the best of each day and then move forward.
How West Coast Strength Can Help
I highly recommend working with a professional for those looking for that violent change to break their bad habits. Here is my shameless plug for taking advantage of our amazing coaches at WCS. We’re the pros, and we’d love to help you if you’re ready to commit to making a significant change. We want each member to have access to high-level information and the chance to learn something from our success. Reach out or stop by to meet with one of our personal training coaches at West Coast Strength and discuss your bad habits and how we can help you turn them into something positive.