It’s day 30 and we are so much nearer the end than we are the beginning. After 30 days of being consistent and committed to the process you will have built some really beneficial habits that you can take into 2014.
Today I’m looking at repetition. It’s a word that a lot of people don’t like because they think it means doing the same thing over and over again. Well, in a way it does! Some people think repetition is boring and pride themselves in being a Jack of all Trades and Master of None, or at least Master of very little. But repetition is so important when you’re trying to build a habit. Being repetitive while you change your current behaviours and habits has a neurological effect of the brain. When we repeat things, memory is formed and after a while the body, mind and emotions follow suit. It’s really going to depend on how committed you are to sticking to the plan.
The problem with repetition is, many times we don’t commit to something long enough to see the results. There are some things that I know I have to get done but I just don’t like doing them. This is where I have to pull on repetition to build the right habits to get my desired results.
So regardless of how unappealing, try building a routine around the actions that you know are guaranteed to give you the outcomes you’re looking for.
You’ll remember at the start of the challenge I spoke about some specific things you’d need to put in place to keep on track. Here’s a brief reminder of a few of them.
- Did you write the vision down and put it in a visible place where you can see it before you?
- Did you get yourself an accountability partner?
- Did you start a journal so you can record the good, the bad and the ugly?
- Are you being curious about yourself, asking and answering the hard questions?
- Have you gotten rid of the naysayers around who tell you can’t reach your goal?
These are some of the things that will help you implement repetitive behaviour.
It will help to ask yourself; Where you need to add repetition to reach your goal? What are those things that you know you have to do repeatedly so that your new habits can be formed?
So time to get repetitive. The consistency will pay off big dividends. Remember you’re building a lifestyle and it takes time and some effort on your part.
Feel free to drop me a line about your thoughts on the subject, insights or how you use repetition to reach your life targets. It would be great to hear from you.
See you tomorrow.