HOW THE POWER OF HABITS CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE by Alli Worthington

 

 

Hey Beautiful Ones,

I happened to open this email a few days ago and just had to share this post with you. So good! As you know from my Winter/Spring video series, I am a diehard believer in healthy routines and habits. Enjoy and love to hear your thoughts so leave a comment!

Love, Tiff 

 

Our small daily habits add up to our success or failure in areas of life. Understanding and mastering our habits (the big ones and the small ones) is a key secret of success.

There are truths I’ve come to realize about habits, whether they are considered good or bad habits, and whether people are trying to start new habits or shed undesirable ones.

If you’re looking to make change in your life, these six truths are sure to help.

 

1. BABY STEPS ADD UP

When trying to change a habit, the cold turkey approach is most often a recipe for frustration. I find that little itty bitty incremental shifts in behaviors is usually a far better way to ensure long-term change.

For example, if you want to incorporate more exercise into your life, you don’t need to say, “I’m going to join a gym and go for an hour every morning before work.” Instead start easily, such as resolving to walk around the block every evening and doing 5 sit-ups. Baby steps!


2. BUILDING ON ACHIEVEMENTS CREATES MOMENTUM

Once you start changing a habit with baby steps, you can build on that success. That walk around the block becomes too short, so you extend it to the next block. You find you don’t stop at 5 sit-ups, you keep going and add a couple more.

It’s all about momentum; an object in motion tends to stay in motion, both literally and figuratively. Once change is kicked into gear, more change happens!


3. AVOIDING TRIGGERS IS CRITICAL

Actions often happen as reactions to an event, situation, or other stimuli; habits are often prompted by an outside trigger. Recognizing what these triggers are can go a long way towards changing your behavior.

For example, want to stop gossiping? Maybe skip that coffee date that seems to revolve around who’s doing what in the neighborhood.

Want to stop snacking at night while you watch TV? Maybe read a book in a different room instead of turning on that sitcom. (I know, I know, easier said than done!)

 

4. BE MINDFUL AND AWARE

Do you reach for the sugar packets every time you have a latte, without even considering going without? Be aware of your actions and realize that you do have the choice to skip the sugar.

As you go through your day cognizant of what you are doing and the choices you have, you’ll likely be surprised at how much you do on a daily basis goes unnoticed because it’s second nature.


5. BELIEVE IN YOUR CALLING

Know that as you are living out your calling, through the power of Jesus, you are capable of achieving whatever it is you are called to do. You can conquer those bad habits, and you can adopt those good ones. But the entire house of cards can fall down if you don’t start with a solid foundation of confidence in your God-given ability to do so.


6. EMBRACE (LITTLE) FAILURES

What? Failure? Include it? Yes. If you aren’t failing now and again, then you aren’t challenging yourself. The person who never risks anything obviously isn’t going to fail, because they are playing it safe. Failure is just a stepping stone on the way to success!

Real change can’t happen if you don’t push yourself, and pushing yourself means potential failure on occasion. Fight the urge to be a perfectionist and allow the road to be a little bumpy on the way to your destination.

 

There you go. Six truths about the power of habits in your life that help you find success. Which truth about habits resonated with you? Let me know in the comments.

And if you found this article helpful, please share it with your friends!

 

Alli Worthington

Alli Worthington is the author of Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy, speaker, blogger, and the Executive Director of Propel Women. Alli has helped individuals, small business owners and Fortune 500 companies be more successful. She lives outside Nashville with her husband, Mark, and their five sons. You can connect with Alli at AlliWorthington.com.

 

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One of my favorite female ministers, Christine Caine, and her husband started A21 in 2008. I’ve been following and supporting their efforts from the beginning so I was thrilled when my new Dallas friend Tori Gonzales asked SOS to join her company All The Wire and their collab with GoodhYOUman. It’s the 2nd year they have created a special capsule collection to raise funds and awareness for A21.

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Love,

Tiff

 

 

REDEFINING MOTHERHOOD

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This is for my fellow Mothers who do not have biological children, but you love + nurture our youth everyday. My favorite Valentine’s gift was getting a call from my spiritual daughter yesterday. She was orphaned 3 years ago and God Divinely crossed our paths shortly after her mom passed. She’s never known her father or any grandparents. I haven’t even met her in person yet because she lives in a different country and social services there prevented me visiting many times. The day we meet will be GLORIOUS! Hearing her express gratitude for not giving up on her and introducing her to God, made my heart soar. #BestGiftEver

There can be a stigma against women who don’t have kids and if you feel ‘less than’ because you weren’t able to have kids… please allow God to use you to help children who desperately need a mama figure! It could be your calling + purpose. As a Southern girl, I figured I would have the statistics of 2 kids, 2 cars and a cute single family home by the time I was 25. Then, further along my journey, I realized that I didn’t have that same longing to have a baby as my friends had. I’ve mentioned all this on the blog before, but today I can declare total freedom from any stigmas, judgement or inner unworthiness. I am doing exactly what God created me to do! I could see my husband and I adopting someday or just continuing our work with orphanages. This message on Christine Caine’s new website solidified my feelings..

“Is motherhood strictly for biological mothers? Christina Middlebrook candidly shares her journey of infertility and how new ways of mothering can fulfill purpose and calling in different ways.”

Watch this:

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I would love to hear YOUR thoughts on this topic.

We can all be Mamas!

Love,

Tiff

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P.S. I’m happy to say we are gearing up for a few Spring style videos! Thank you for hanging in there with me. I’ve started new side businesses and have a major announcement coming soon!

2015 is a game changing year and you’re going to LOVE IT!