Creating Healthy Habits

Creating Healthy Habits

Your habits have gotten you to where you are today. 

We all have 100’s of habits in our lives.  Some are healthy and some are not so healthy. Unfortunately old habits are hard to break but it is doable especially if you understand the 4 stages of creating change.

My focus as a Wellness Coach is to empower the individual to take charge of their own wellness and start implementing new healthy habits one by one to outweigh the old unhealthy habits. 

More than 40% of Australian adults make a resolution to make changes in their lives and start living better. Less than half of them stick to this. Why? Because new healthy habits where not formed and the persons old habits outweighed the new. The best news is the power to break a habit belongs to the person who created it. YOU!

So what’s the difference between a good habit and a bad habit:

A good habit is a behaviour that is beneficial to one’s physical or mental health. Such as:

  • Exercising 4 days a week
  • Drinking lemon water upon rising
  • Reading for 30 minutes a night
  • Practicing meditation on a Monday and Wednesday

A bad habit is a behaviour that is detrimental to one’s physical or mental health. Such as:

  • Lack of or no movement
  • Smoking 10 cigarettes a day
  • Drinking alcohol every night after work
  • Skipping breakfast

Stage 1 – Unconscious Incompetence.

“I don’t know what I don’t know.”

During this stage, an individual lacks the skills, knowledge and capacity to do a certain skill. This stage can linger for years or until the person recognizes their inability to perform this skill. 

Stage 2 – Conscious Incompetence.

“I know what I don’t know.”

This stage starts when the individual starts to develop a consciousness about skills or things they don’t know. This is often the goal setting stage.

Stage 3 – Conscious Competence.

“I grow and know and it starts to show.”

At this stage we know we have the skill and we are dedicating time and practice to master this particular skill or habit. 

Stage 4 – Unconscious Competence.

“I simply go because of what I know.”

At this stage things seem easy. We do this particular skill or habit because it has become second nature to us and we don’t even need to think about it. 

Learning new habits can be challenging but now you can see the four stages of learning a new skill or habit, I hope it is a little easier for you to identify where you are or have been before? 

Remember from stage 2 to stage 3 is the most challenging part of your journey. If you can push through this stage you will eventually reach your end goal with persistence, determination and want.

S xx