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Wondering how to change your life completely, Mama? Learn how to hack your habits to make over your life a little at a time–all on autopilot.
You know what’s crazy?
The thought that most of us won’t be remembered 100 years from now. We’ll be gone. Our kids will likely be gone. At best, we hope that an idea or a creation of ours takes hold and sticks around after we’ve left. (Geez–I’m a regular ray of sunshine today, aren’t I?)
If history remembers me for anything, I hope it’s the idea that we, as mothers, have the power to choose lives that are simple, efficient, and joyful.
And habits, by the way, are the MOTHERLODE when it comes to this concept. Habits make our brain’s job simpler—eliminating the need to choose what we’ll do next or think hard about performing our daily tasks. Well-chosen habits make our lives incredibly efficient, ensuring that we do those things that we want to do easily and often. And if you choose the right habits, you can put joy on autopilot.
So, if you’re ready to change your life completely and live the simple, efficient, joyful life of your dreams, it’s time to get busy creating habits that support you.
What is a habit?
Merriam-Webster gives a great definition of a habit:
“an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary”
And we perform these involuntary actions all the time in both positive and less positive ways. I habitually hug my kids and ask how they slept when I first see them in the morning. I also habitually grab a piece of chocolate to eat every night after I’ve put those kids to bed.
Establishing a habit can take a bit of conscious brainpower, but once that habit is established, it moves to a completely different part of your brain—one that makes things happen on autopilot.
Why are habits so important?
If you want to live the life of your dreams, intentionally choosing your habits is absolutely essential.
We think a lot of the time that we need willpower or motivation to do great things with our lives. And when that willpower or motivation falters or doesn’t show up, we feel like failures.
But habits take willpower and motivation out of the equation. Put a great habit into place, and doing the thing that your best self would like to do just becomes the thing you do automatically.
Your life today is a result of your current habits. Achieving the life of your dreams is about putting habits in place that serve those dreams.
Want a cleaner house? Choose habits that support one. Empty your dishwasher every morning while your coffee brews. Throw a load of laundry in the washer every morning after your shower. Tidy the house for ten minutes after dinner every night.
Do you want better health? Developing an exercise habit, a water drinking habit, or a meal prepping habit will get you there.
Want to connect better with your family? Make a habit of eating breakfast together every morning, taking a walk together after dinner, or sharing something you’re grateful for as you say goodnight.