The power of routines & habits

Highly successful individuals and teams aren’t necessarily any more talented than the rest of us. They have instead, developed routines and habits that have lead to their success. They have worked hard and done the work over and over again.

If you decide you want to make a positive change in your life, you could go big. The problem with that is, dramatic and radical change can be uncomfortable and difficult to do consistently. I would urge you to look at the little habits you could change. Try to identify tweaks you could make to your routine that will yield big results. Ask yourself, what is just a little bit better?

I think the temptation to ‘go big or go home’ appeals to our impatient nature. As a society, thanks to the internet, smart phones and next day delivery, we are becoming increasingly impatient. Smaller changes to routine habits will get you results, it just takes longer. Probably a lot longer than you anticipate.

Let’s look at an example – perhaps instead of ‘never ever drinking coffee again’ you could swap your morning caramel latte for an americano. Not necessarily a drastic change, but would save you 180 calories a day, over 1 week that’s over 1000 calories saved! Small changes like this can be the difference.

This rule applies to almost anything but I think diet is a great example. If you have ever gone on an extremely restrictive diet, to fall off it a few weeks or even days later, it’s because the changes to your routine were too big and they weren’t sustainable. Yo-yo dieting is terrible for our physical and mental health. Your diet needs to be something you could do for the rest of your life.

Remember, what matters is what you do consistently, over and over and not what you do once or twice.

Paula xo

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