Five Minute Rule For Changing Habits – Dan Regan Hypnotherapy in Ely and Newmarket
Changing habits can often feel tough and like some sort of difficult challenge to achieve. Your existing patterns of behaviour, thinking and reacting may seem so long standing and ingrained that they seem immovable.
Yet we are all able of learning, adapting and making changes to what we currently do.
However, often we try to change too much too soon and struggle to maintain it. Or, making the changes you want to achieve may seem too overwhelming and so you procrastinate and delay and don’t make the progress you would like. Even if you get going with changing habits you may find that in no time at all your motivation and willpower has faded over time and with the busyness of life, and you are back where you started, doing what you’ve always done.
So if you want to start making consistent, progressive change and to build up some positive momentum in changing habits and behaviours then you need to tackle it step by step.
The five minute rule for changing habits that I talk about in this short video is an ideal way to help you adopt the kind of habits that allow you to make progress on your goals. Have a quick watch here:
The kind of habits that people tend to want to change often involve being healthier, in your eating and exercise levels, or being more productive in some way. You can apply the five minute rule to any of these things.
Simply pick the first step you are going to take, something that will only take five minutes or less, and consistently repeat it until it becomes a new habit. Rather than get overwhelmed or procrastinating, you take one small step consistently so that it is easy to implement and easy to keep you focus upon. One that step becomes established, move on to another step and apply the same intention and action to that new habit.
So you could invest five minutes to go for a walk, to do some exercise, to get your kit ready for the next day so you get going easily. You could spend five minutes preparing a healthy lunch to take with you to work, planning your meals for the week, getting ingredients ready or changing one mealtime to something healthier. You could spend five minutes reading or studying or getting on top of some paperwork.
Whatever you want to change, it’s much easier to get started, and maintain it, through taking consistent small steps.
So as you think of the changes you would like to make, adopt the five minute rule, implement it into your life and soon you’ll find that your new habits are running seamlessly into your usual routine.
To your health and happiness,
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