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The Importance Of Habits And Routines

Now that you have your new morning makeover routine all figured out, it’s time to put it into action so that it becomes a firmly established routine for you.

This is really important to ensure this new plan happens every day without fail. The best way to make sure that happens is to turn it in to a routine.

Establishing Your New Routine

Before something becomes a habit or a routine, it takes a lot of willpower and energy to change things. So at first it will take some mental energy, drive and willpower to resist the temptation to stick to what it familiar and easy. It takes effort to create a new morning routine.

But the great thing is, once it is set up and established, it will become automatic and you can do it on autopilot without having to think too much about what you are doing. Just like brushing your teeth before bed.

Once you have refined your routine to the point where it is now working well for you, stick to it for several weeks- at least 3 weeks. You have probably heard that it takes 3 weeks to establish a new habit. That is the best way to make it stick and turn it into a strong habit.

Then it will start to feel like your new normal! There will be no need to remind yourself of what to do each morning. It will be so habitual you’ll be able to follow it automatically.

You may well start to enjoy your new routine so there will be less mental pep talk needed to get things done. You may begin to look forward to the new 30 minute run or getting up extra early to work on your business. And hopefully the benefits and results you are gaining will spur you on even further.

Look Out For When Life Takes Over 

But watch out for the times when life takes over again and you start to slip backs into your old habits and ways. More than likely that is going to happen. Don’t give up just because you miss a day or two.

The solution is to be aware, catch it early so you can get back on track as soon as possible.

Fo instance, say you’ve been doing great with getting out of bed 30 minutes earlier than usual to go for a run before breakfast.

Then one day you oversleep and can’t make it out there. Or it could be you get sick, or hurt yourself. Or maybe the weather turns rough, wet and windy and keeps you from your morning run.

Unfortunately life throws us these curve balls occasionally.  What’s important is what you decide to do the next morning.

Quickly Get Back On Track Again

The most important thing now is to attempt to get back on track as soon as possible. Do what you can as soon as you notice the disruption.

If the weather is nasty, try heading to the treadmill at the gym, or do some stretches at home.

If you slept late, try to squeeze in your affirmations as you are showering. Try to slot it in somewhere in your morning before you get busy with the rest of your day. Avoid the temptation to beat yourself up because you missed a day – it’s okay…the world is not going to end.

Just commence your regular routine the next morning or as soon as possible. Keep reminding youself to get back on track consistently for the next few days to ensure your new routine is firmly back in place.

You’ll be glad you did when you start to see the results you’ve been hoping for.

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