How to shift Micro Habits

Do you know some of the micro habits that are helpful or harmful in your world?

Whether it’s around health, finance, relationships, leadership… etc.

Our micro habits can make or break the way in which we are able to thrive. They can impact our self-care, connection, our ability to be assertive, plan and organise, creative and achieve, deliver on outcomes, stay on purpose, to feel happy, content and fulfilled.

Some examples;

Health – Reaching for the bottle of wine in the fridge rather than a glass of cold water or grabbing the TV remote instead of tying up shoe laces and heading out the door for a walk.

Finance – Filling up the shopping cart online without going back through the list on wants/need/must have’s and suddenly the food bill or ‘just need one thing’ officeworks online shop has suddenly turned into an expensive ‘outing’.

Relationships – Ignoring that moment when a partner, child or friend is wanting to engage and share their day, because we’ve got our eyes on our iphone, the TV or doing another task and instead of in that special moment looking up and being present, we prioritise that other thing!

Leadership – Getting caught up in the day to day firefighting and once again don’t get to the report, or phonecall or feedback or planning time that is critical as leader, it’s important, yet just not as urgent as the other things that continuously crop up each and every day.

Micro Habits are a part of our life and they can be serving us or sabotaging us.

Awareness is critical, however we need to go another step and to figure it out.

We want to work out our strategy for NOT DOING….

In that moment of choosing the TV remote or clicking on the buy more, or staying focused on the iphone (other thing) instead of looking into someone else’s eyes and being present.

What emotion are we filling up? What need are we meeting? What’s motivating us?

Micro Habits help us feel something. It could be a sense of:

  • certainty and comfort
  • challenge and adventure (excitement through lockdown)
  • significance and importance
  • love and connection

Our micro habits are feeding us. Filling up our cup.

So if you’d like to look to shift old habits and create new habits. Ask yourself “How do I know when it’s time to NOT thrive, not connect, not assert, not plan, not achieve, not deliver, not be happy etc? What’s the very first thing I do…?”

Dig a little deeper into what is going on? Sometimes it’s actually the obvious that’s become unconscious, slipped into unawareness and we need reminding and sometimes it might need a little deeper work.

What micro habits might you like to work on this week?



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