Change your life forever - habits

IMG_2553 Happy New Year everyone! I hope so far your year is going as kick ass as mine. Sorry for not posting for a couple of weeks. I was busy spending time with my fam, re-doing my room and road-trippin it to Vegas for a blog expo. I've been thinking a lot about my goals for this year. There are 2 things I'm certain.

1. The #1 reason people don't achieve their goals is that they aren't specifically defined. And

2. Dreams without execution remain dreams.

Instead of doing the traditional New Years Resolutions thing I decided to figure out the easiest and most efficient way to win at life. My solution? HABITS! Okay, before you try to correct me, I know "good" habits aren't always the easiest thing to develop. But, there is a science I will share with you and once you master those puppies your brain goes on autopilot. That means you can teach yourself to perform greatness without even thinking about it. Pretty cool, right?

I just finished my first book of the year, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. The only problem I have with this book is that I didn't read it sooner. Charles gives you a inside look into the habits of the olympian Michael Phelps, civil rights hero Martin Luther King, the CEO of Starbucks, NFL victories and many more. I'm sure everyone has bad habits they'd like to change or good habits they'd like to acquire. I personally have A LOT I'd like to change(hello, the reason I choose this book). One of my many bad habits begins with the fact that I'm absolutely addicted to Subway! Just ask my roomies, it's kind of a problem. I usually go once a day, sometimes twice, order a yummy healthy sandwich, and try to pay without buying 3 chocolate chip cookies for 1.25. It never happens. It's like it literally just blurts out of my mouth "3 cookies please." I tell myself every night tomorrow will be different, but let's be honest, it never is :( Lucky for me, and you, there is a scientific formula you can follow to win. Here's the formula:

1. Identify the routine (what behavior do you want to change?)

SUBWAY > order sandwich > buy cookie > pay > leave

2. What's the cue (trigger) for this routine?

For me this was simple, I have a major sugar problem. On the norm I'll justify eating a cookie or 2 to make myself feel better about the stresses of everyday life. But 2 or 3 cookies a day, sadly, is not healthy:(

3. What's the reward?

Totally the cookie itself.

4. The plan

I initially tried to replace the cookies with apples, oranges, or berries but they didn't satisfy the craving. Experimenting what works for you is key. The winning snack for me now is quaker oats rice cakes. I keep them in my glove compartment as well as my kitchen.

For bigger problems the key is to identify patterns of behavior ahead of time. This way you have more power over controlling your behavior, emotions and feelings. Hope this helps! Keep me updated on your process=)