Take Time to Reflect When Building Habits (Habit #3, Update #4)

Hi everyone! It’s May, 5 months into the year, 5 months into my habit building journey. This morning, after wondering where the last 5 months had gone, I began to feel a bit down. I felt like I had been working on this one habit for such a long time. I knew it would take a while, but 5 months with another month to go seemed like such a long time. I began to feel like I would never get to the person that I want to be. These, unfortunately, are some of the negative thoughts that you experience when you’re trying to change your life. At this moment, I realized that I needed to take a moment and reflect on these last 5 months. Had I really wasted my time or was this just my insecurities creeping through? Here were some observations from my reflection:

  • When I started this journey in January, my only goal was to wake up at a time that would allow me to get to work on time and not feel rushed in the morning. In the last 5 months, I have taken that one goal and transformed it into an entire morning routine with a lot of little goals wrapped into it. It felt like I was only working on this one goal because it is a big goal, especially considering that I started at ground zero.
  • Over the last month I’ve shaved off 22 minutes from my wake up time. I wake up almost an hour earlier than I did 5 months ago and most days I wake up feeling refreshed.
  • I brush my teeth every morning. For years, I was not consistent about brushing my teeth, but now I feel weird if I don’t do it. For most people, that might be nothing, but for me, that’s big.
  • I wash my face nearly every day now. I’ve never washed my face so consistently and it feels great!
  • I consistently shower every morning.
  • I’ve learned how to build habits and how important it is to work through issues and my feeling about them immediately rather than ignoring them.
  • I’ve learned to listen to my body and its need for rest/sleep.
  • I’ve built confidence in other areas of my life.

These last 5 months have been about so much more than just a morning routine. It’s been about learning more about who I am and how I operate. It’s been about building self-esteem and maintaining it, even when I start to doubt myself. That’s why it’s important to reflect on your progress. This morning I felt down about the amount of time it’s taken me to do something that should be simple, but building habits is anything but simple. For me, it’s about learning who I am as a person, and discovering what’s most important to me. And that takes time. I’m proud of all that I’ve accomplished in the last few months, because it’s more than I would have if I had thought “this takes too long, it’s not worth it.” If I let that mentality control me, I would still be waking up late every morning, stressed about everything that I should be doing, but that I’m not doing.

“Often in life, we find ourselves focusing on what’s missing rather than what actually exists. We focus on what we need to change about our situation and we forget to pause and consider all the good things…”

Sarah Milton of Retirehappy.ca

I hope that on your journey, you take some time to reflect on all of the things that you have accomplished up until this point. Take some time to remember how things were before you started and how far you’ve come. Even if it’s far from where you’re going, just know that you’re on your way.

Thanks for reading!

More posts you may be interested in

Knowing WHY You’re Doing a Habit Can Help You Overcome Obstacles (Habit #3, Update #1)

One Small Habit Can Lead to Bigger Changes (Habit #3, Update #2)

Can a Small Habit be too Small? (Habit #3, Update #3)

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