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Monday Motivator – How To Break Bad Habits

Posted by Corey Kaster on April 5, 2010

“Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.”

While it is true that bad habits are hard to break, I’ve noticed that my good habits are pretty hard to break, too. Once they are established, that is.

When I’m in the habit of working out in the morning, I miss it if I don’t. When I’m in the habit of getting up early, I automatically wake up early and go to bed early. When I’m in the habit of making my outbound calls first thing in the morning, I just automatically do it without thinking and it is done before I know it. You get the idea.

Our good habits feel good and, because of that, I think we tend to take our good habits for granted. So, we forget about all the things we do that really serve us – and what it took to develop the habit in the first place.

On the flip side, our bad habits don’t feel so good. Because of that we notice them. Not only do we notice them, we tend to beat ourselves up about them, which generally brings our energy down and keeps us from being as effective as we can be.

Rather than giving yourself a hard time for the habits you don’t want, try learning from the good ones by doing a little analysis. How did those good habits get started in the first place? How did you keep yourself on track until it became a habit?

Now look at a habit you’d like to change and apply the same principles that worked for you in the past. It may not happen overnight. But, if you continue to do what has worked for you before, it won’t be long before you have another habit that serves you well and helps you get more of what you want in life.

Wishing you ease in developing a new habit that brings a smile to your face —

Cheri Fredrickson, CPC

Small Business Coach

Reiki Master/Teacher

503-970-1973

www.cherifredrickson.com

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Monday Motivator

Posted by Corey Kaster on December 14, 2009

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”

— Peter F. Drucker

As the year draws to a close, I am always drawn to take some time to look back over the year. I do this because we humans often zip past our accomplishments so quickly that they are hardly noticed, some goals and dreams are forgotten and I find that people rarely re-assess to determine if what they are working towards is still appropriate to who they are today.

By taking a look at these things, I keep my life current and moving in the direction of what matters most to me.

I invite you to take this annual journey with me. You can find a description of this process in an artice I wrote several years ago called Out With the Old and In With the New.

I hope you will find it valuable and that you will begin the new year with a renewed sense of what matters to you, along with the energy to take it on and make it happen.

Enjoy this holiday season!

Cheri

Cheri Fredrickson, CPC

Small Business Coach

Reiki Master/Teacher

503-970-1973

www.cherifredrickson.com

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Monday Motivator

Posted by Corey Kaster on November 23, 2009


 

“The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.”

— Henri J. M. Nouwen

Thanksgiving is, without question, my very favorite holiday. Somehow it has escaped the over-commercialization that so many holidays have fallen victim to. It remains a time to enjoy family and friends while pausing to reflect on and appreciate what we have to be thankful for.

Coming up to it has been particularly fun for me this year. For some reason, in this past month or so the subject of keeping a gratitude journal has come up in several different areas of my life. I’ve had the opportunity to discuss my experience of keeping a gratitude journal and what it has done to impact my quality of life with a number of people.

Since I like to keep things simple, I have chosen to use a small spiral notebook that I keep handy. I used to make entries every night before going to sleep, although I’m not quite as consistent as I used to be. But, with all this discussion the daily habit may return!

What I have noticed as a result of keeping a gratitude journal:

  • I always go to sleep with happy thoughts.
  • I began noticing more and more things to be grateful for.
  • I could refer to my notebook when I was having a difficult day and it changed my attitude very quickly.
  • It was fun to see who showed up in it regularly and share that with them.
  • After a while, I found that I was just naturally feeling grateful and I didn’t have to look for things to put on my list.

So, I invite you to give it a try. It’s a wonderful practice that will impact you more than you imagine.

And, I realize you may not want to commit to a regular journal. If not, how about committing to writing down 10 or 20 things to recognize on Thanksgiving Day? Take some time to reflect and, if you want it to take on even more value, share those things with others.

Wishing you many things to be thankful for and a joyful holiday–

Cheri

Cheri Fredrickson, CPC

Small Business Coach

Reiki Master/Teacher

503-970-1973

http://www.cherifredrickson.com

 

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