Mindset

The zero-resistance trick to changing any habit

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Earlier this year, I wrote about getting up earlier. Although it took me a while thinking about it before I did, once I decided this was happening, there was little resistance. I’ve been thinking about why that is so I could share it with you. I see myself first, as a professional encourager and what I’m learning, is that we can all be that for ourselves. At the risk of convincing you and my clients that you don’t need me, I’m going to share probably my best-kept personal development secret. How I get myself to not resist change is that I tell myself to do just one thing: TRY.

Motivation 101

Whatever it is that you’ve been resisting if it could benefit your life now, tell yourself you’ll give it a try. Commit to a short trial period of a week or a month, just long enough to see benefits. Tell yourself that you’re under no obligation to continue if a new habit or approach isn’t for you.

Do it for future you

You owe it to yourself and future you to learn new habits that will take you to levels where you want to be. In video games, the term leveling up is a concept used to describe progressions your character makes in the game. When you level up you unlock new abilities, skills, get access to new items and to a new area of the game. It’s a benchmark of how far into the game your character is. Habits that benefit your life do exactly the same thing: they help you level up!

We never know until we try whether a habit will benefit us or not. Waiting for the conditions to be right and the weather to get warmer is no way to approach changes you want to make. And it isn’t a great way to play the game of life, is it?

Try right when the impulse hits you and if you have to tell your inner resistance, I’ll just try it for a week, do that! You’ll get zero or no resistance to that. And by trying, you get to see if your life benefits. It if does, you’ll stick with it, and if not, you’ll move on or know you’re just not ready.

If you haven’t done it yet, get my book, The Doer’s Lifestyle. It includes other habits that can transform you from a dreamer or procrastinator into a more productive version of yourself.

Until next time, I wish you success with all your goals and more follow-throughs! Remember, change is possible if a) you know why you want it and b) take steps to make it happen. I know this simple mindset change can help you achieve some of your most ambitious goals.


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About the Author

Christine is a lifestyle coach who believes the way we live affects everything we do, especially our motivation. She's also a mindful living educator living in Los Angeles, California.

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