Experiencing a challenge with developing new habits?
Wanting to create sustainable habits?
Patricia Risch, PCC
Setting goals or creating systems?
As a functional and empowering life coach, I have been questioning the concept of ‘goals’ and whether there is more to setting goals and creating sustainable goals. I realized that goals are about achieving something or establishing a direction – a new career, achieving a thriving business, bringing-in more calm – rather than the process that leads to those results. It is the process that matters.
James Clear in Atomic Habits states, “Forget about goals, focus on systems instead. Systems are about the process that lead to the goal. Goals to develop new habits are about the results you want to achieve.” In order to get to the essence of ‘goals’, perhaps we need to first improve or change a habit. We need to zoom-out and examine the system that is creating the result. Creating a system of wins changes the outcome.
So, what is a habit?
Clear describes it as, “A habit is a behavior that has been repeated enough times to become automatic.” Simple enough.
Small habits make a huge difference – they compound over time positively or negatively. The benefits of creating tiny self-improvement habits compound growth over time. They incrementally improve our confidence and overall well-being by building upon small successes – creating a trail of wins. Mini-habits build will power.
BJ Fogg, author of Tiny Habits describes mini-habits as behaviors:
- “you do at least once a day,”
- “that take you less than 30 seconds,”
- “that require little effort.”
From a recent webinar with James Garrett, Brain Coach and Founder of Brain by Design, here are a few mini- (or tiny-) habits highlights:
- One thing we know now is that creating habits takes longer than we thought – 66 days to form new habits. (Hard habits take 18-254 days.)
- It is best if the habit is not too ambitious.
- Start easy. We are looking for consistency and this puts us in the Success Zone.
- Consistency = Repetition: This paves and strengthens neural pathways to build sustainable change.
- The brain is energy efficient. It wants to get from point A to B the fastest way.
Functional and empowering life coaching supports our ability to create mini-habits. It is easy at first to take action and this gradually fades over time. Coaches ask driving questions that help to explore underlying issues and obstacles and how they can be improved.
My practice is based on creating sustainable change and I can help people develop new lasting habits and make progress quickly. We will examine how habits work – cue, routine, reward – design systems to help you and explore the challenges with creating new habits – willpower and motivation – and how to work with them.
Contact me today by calling 303.653.1072 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how functional and empowering life coaching can assist with developing new habits. If you are interested in my coaching services and want to request more information about my transformational life coaching services, fill out the contact form and I will get back to you shortly!