As we navigate our way through the D.E.C.I.D.E. Model™ for personal transformation, we’ve explored Desire, the importance of Exploring Your WHY, the unwavering Commitment required, and the pivotal Identity Shift. We now arrive at the second ‘D’ – Daily Habits, the quiet yet powerful engine of change.
It’s important to note that our brains like efficiency and are hardwired to be just that. When we learn a new habit, and it’s repeated, our brain will naturally put the habit on auto-pilot. This can be both good and bad, depending on the habit itself. As you read through this blog post today, I invite you to think about your habits and take inventory. What needs to shift? What habits need to be created? What habits need to be broken? There’s no shame here. Just an invitation for you to be honest with yourself.
Small Steps, Big Changes
Our daily habits and actions we take daily form the foundation of our lives. Like individual bricks in a building, each habit – however small – contributes to the structure of our character, our identity, and ultimately, our reality. As described in the previous post, you can now see the importance of needing a new Identity Shift and how implementing new edifying daily habits can be extremely beneficial.
What we do daily is important. Our habits allow us to be intentional about our actions, gradually replacing unproductive habits with empowering ones that align with our desires and goals. This daily investment is crucial for sustained personal growth and transformation.
Creating Your Ideal Day: Habits for Success
Incorporating empowering habits into your daily routine can make you feel alive and more aligned with your authentic self. Habits like daily meditation or prayer, reading valuable material, exercising, visualizing and setting intentions, journaling, and practicing daily affirmations can provide an enriching start to your day.
Likewise, habits such as breathwork, clean eating, and establishing an electronics-free period before bedtime and after waking can contribute to your overall well-being.
Remember, the goal isn’t to overhaul your entire routine overnight. Instead, start by implementing one new habit per week. As you become comfortable with one, you can then stack another habit on top of it. As discussed in James Clear’s “Atomic Habits,” this method can lead to profound change over time.
Habits Protect: Your Daily Armor
You’re not just feeding your body and mind when you establish consistent daily habits. You’re also putting on a protective layer of daily armor. Allow me to explain.
By creating new habits, you’re also rewiring your brain. You’re teaching it a new way of doing something. This is known as neuroplasticity. Our brains are incredibly adaptable and reflexive. This is important to know because when the first sign of stress hits you, you’ll be able to deflect the stress more easily as opposed to allowing the stress to penetrate you to the core. I call this “putting on your daily armor.” Without having your daily armor, you leave yourself open to falling into a protective state. This can lead to depression, addiction, and taking action on things you later regret.
By creating a solid daily regimen for yourself, you become disciplined. You continually see the reward from the habit, and this keeps you going strong! It’s not about inspiration. It’s about doing the things you don’t “feel” like doing because you know it’s good for you in the long run. And I promise you’ll be glad you did them.
Find What Works for You
The key to cultivating effective daily habits is personalization. What works for one person might not work for another. The habits you choose to incorporate into your life should resonate with your individual needs, aspirations, and lifestyle.
As John Maxwell aptly put it, “The secret to your success is found in your daily routine.” Therefore, start where you are, do what you can, and remember that each small step you take is a significant stride on your path to personal transformation.
In the next blog post, we’ll explore the final element of the D.E.C.I.D.E. Model – Everyday Effort for Expansion. Until then, I encourage you to begin implementing a new habit today. Start small, and begin building one glorious habit at a time.