We are in the thick of summer and I love it. When the weekends consist of backyards, pools, cocktails and easy dinners. When time seems to stand still and move in fast forward all at the same time. Yes it was another great summer weekend in the books for us!
We have become professionals in the at-home Skinny Margarita this summer. We have a few different varieties depending on our mood.
The newest addition to our spicy margaritas as mentioned in this post: ancho reyes! We found it at a specialty liquor store, it’s definitely not your average liquor.
We have also been enjoying our fair share of summer produce. I’m lucky to have a mother-in-law who loves to share with me! Salads.for.days.
I have a short week this week because I surprised Matt with a trip to Southern California for his birthday!! Time to kick this Monday into high gear.
The Secret to Starting
I am one of those annoying people who almost always keeps their New Year’s Resolutions. It’s something I am equally proud and embarrassed about as I know that no one wants to hear about HOW AWESOME I am at crushing my goals, but it’s always been something I’ve been good at.
But here’s the deal, I finally discovered part of my secret that I was never able to articulate until I read the book, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology.
I hope by sharing this, you too can crush whatever goals or habits you have your heart set on!
The whole premise of the book is breaking down the science and actions you can take to create habits and cognitive thinking that you can implement to live a happier life.
While I love books that inspire, I am also a very practical and action-oriented person. This book hit such a great balance between both.
One of the big takeaways for me was the concept of “Activation Energy”.
Whatever it is that you are looking to START doing or even STOP doing, Shawn Anchor encourages you to “lower the activation energy for habits you want to adopt, and raise it for habits you want to avoid. The more we can lower or even eliminate the activation energy for our desired actions, the more we enhance our ability to jump-start positive change”.
What does that mean? A great example for me is related to Crossfit (of course it is). Because the workout is already designed, it removes any brain power required to getting my butt to the gym. Having a coach tell me what to do lowers the activation energy required for me to get a good workout in first thing.
On the other hand, when I’m traveling and have to come up with my own workouts, I find myself laying in bed for an embarrassingly long time torn between what kind of workout I want to do that day! It takes a higher level of activation energy to get going!
Another example for me is trying to break my habit of chewing gum. I have a bad jaw and really should not be chewing it at all, much less daily which I’ve found myself doing lately. Best thing for me is to not purchase gum! If I don’t have it in my purse or at my house, it raises the activation energy required to FIND gum and therefore I find myself not wanting it after all.
Bottom line: Make it as easy as you can to implement habits you’re trying to START and make it as hard as you can to prevent habits you’re trying to STOP.
I’d love to know what tactics you have tried to make or break habits in your life. Share in the comments below!