Laughing at Habit Monsters
If you were in my “lizard workshop” then you’ll recall DJ Dread🦎 and now I’ll share with you a thing I call “habit monsters” 👹
My first memory of using the term was circa 2016 when I got home from my very first Tony Robbins event. I had an outstanding time. I felt on fire to do, be and have even more in my life – yet when I arrived home to my normal, familiar apartment – I was overwhelmed with caution – I literally shouted out “omg! the habit monsters are here to keep me the same.” 🙀
Ohhhh Nooooooo 🙀 They were there waiting for me to take me back to my normal, comfortable, same-same life.
I really didn’t want to go back – I wanted to implement new things and get new results, so I had to experiment with a new strategy 🎉
My strategy came in handy recently, I noticed that a new habit monster had come to town – the sit-in-the-recliner-while-the-kitten-naps-on-you – sometimes productive, more often downward spiral of unfulfilling unproductivity 😹 I won’t be canceling kitten-naps-on-me time, but I did come up with some ideas to bypass the habit monsters who are living in the recliner 👹
If you’re thinking of a situation when something like this happens to you, then try my strategy –
Step 1 : Recognize the Habit Monster
every time I sit in the recliner, I accidentally sit for 3 hours, and that’s not ideal
Step 2 : Brainstorm a Few Alternatives to Test
meditate somewhere besides the recliner; leave phone in the other room; bring computer to write an email like this
Step 3 : Test Your Ideas on Purpose
don’t be fulfilled by just thinking of ideas, act on the ideas!
Step 4 : Celebrate Your Efforts
self high-five, happy dance, tell a friend, bask in your accomplishment
It really is that simple.
Notice it, make a small change, get feedback, try something else.
Repeat. Don’t let lizard brain tell you “that’s just the way it is” 🦎
You have the power! 🔥
It’s cool if you want to email me your example or a specific question.
Asking for help is a great way to try something else.
This is part of my goal to create one pretty + informative or fun email per month in 2023, so here’s the catalog!