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Overcoming or Creating—10 Habits that Don’t Suck

May 24, 2016 , , , , , , , , , , , ,

10 Habits That Don't SuckHABIT – an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.

We all know it takes 21 days to create a habit—good or bad. I’ve read recent research that suggest it’s more like 60-90 days, but who’s counting. No doubt, you were raised by a caring mother who felt it was her duty to help you overcome bad habits ie: biting your nails, leaving dirty laundry on the floor, picking your nose and eating your boogers, hitting your sister or drinking out of the milk carton. All bad habits that, more than likely, would contribute to you living at home for the rest of your life—friendless and single. Mom had the right idea—nag those bad habits right out of you and turn you into a productive, less gross human.

As an adult, it’s likely that you are grateful to dear old mom for her guidance and bitching wisdom. It is also likely that, since childhood, you’ve adopted some new habits that she would consider less than desirable—evening closet wine, dropping the f-bomb, smoking or tattoos as a form of self-expression.

Why do you think we place so much emphasis on overcoming bad habits? What about all the good habits you’ve discovered and adopted along the way—like eating organic, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and looking both ways before you cross the road. Is it more productive to focus on overcoming bad habits or creating new ones?

Personally, I’m always looking for new ways to improve my health, my family and my quality of life. I’ve done a crap-ton of research and played the guinea pig to discover what works for me and what doesn’t. Here are 10 Good Habits you can create that don’t suck (and, BONUS, mom would approve):

  1. Member of the 5am Club (rising early every day while the rest of the world is sleeping -Robin Sharma) be the author of your day, start with you, create more time in your day
  2. Warm Lemon Water (drink every morning) essential for colon, detoxifying and prevention
  3. Daily Meditation (takes practice, but worth it) calms the mind, focused inward attention, self love
  4. Daily Exercise (even if it’s only 20 minutes) lowers risk of multiple diseases, increases energy and metabolism
  5. Mastermind Group (2-6 people) meet regularly in person or via Skype; a safe space that provides support, accountability, inspiration and love
  6. Journal (you don’t have to be a writer) set aside 5-20 minutes and write every day; thoughts, dreams, goals, gratitude, or how much you hate your muffin top
  7. Thank You (via Oprah) the minute you open your eyes in the morning say, “thank you!”
  8. How You Feel (via Danielle LaPorte) focus on how you want to feel versus what you want to accomplish
  9. Time Warrior (via Steve Chandler) slow down before you speed up and when you feel stuck take one action
  10. Change Your Thoughts (via Byron Katie) who would you be without your story? 4 questions to redirect your thoughts

If you would, please share one good habit that’s making a big difference in your life? Know someone who needs a boost or is looking to create one good habit? Consider sharing this with them. One good habit can change your life forever!

Stay sane, my friends.



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I only surround myself by those that I truly want to be around. I no longer make “obligatory” plans. – xoxo

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May 24, 2016

That’s a good habit!


Allison DeFord

May 24, 2016

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