By Erika Fehrenbach Prell
Hey there, DreamChaser, are you up for a challenge? I mean, who doesn’t love a little challenge, right? Here it comes...I challenge you to a 30 Day Bad Habit Detox. This challenge will be simple; I mean, come on, it’s only 30 days, you can do anything for 30 days! It may also be eye-opening as you will gain insight on if you are in charge of your habit or your habit is ruling your life. Most important, it will give you a win, an achievement, a notch in the “I did it” column. This will boost your confidence in tackling something else. As a bonus, you might even learn that you do better without the habit you are detoxing from.
Are you with me?!?
I just rattled off a bunch of benefits but you might still be wondering why. Why should I do this? Why should I care about my habits? If everything is just fine and good enough, why bother with this challenge? Here’s why, DreamChaser. First, a little refresher on habits. A habit is an automatic behavior; it happens without conscious thinking. Habits are an awesome time and mental energy saver for your brain, however, you can also have habits that have outlived their shelf life, those that are not serving you any more. It’s a good idea to check in with your habits from time to time, and this challenge will do just that. If I am being real, “just fine” and “good enough” are the very definition of complacency, which hinders growth and is preventing you from getting those goals and dreams.
I said the challenge was simple...I didn’t say there wouldn’t be bigger things at stake here!
During the challenge, you may learn that you have habits that need to be upgraded. Or, you might discover you have habits that are doing harm, not good. You may find habits that are controlling you instead of you controlling them. This will be a great opportunity to move that needle in a positive direction towards that life you dream about.
The first step in the 30 Day Bad Habit Detox Challenge is a good old brainstorm. This challenge is an opportunity to remove something from your life or add something in that you keep meaning to do. I want you to make a list of small actions and habits from this line of thinking. Here are some examples:
Pick Your Bad Habit
Okay, as you can see, everything on the list isn’t a bad habit, right? Look again! Flossing your teeth daily means that your habit is not to floss, so you are actually detoxing from that bad habit for 30 days. The next step is to pick the habit you are detoxing from. If you really want to push that positivity needle, there are 12 months in the calendar year. Repeat this challenge every month with a different bad habit from your list. Whoa, baby!
Don’t overthink this one! Just start! Your 30 days does not have to coincide with the calendar; it just has to be 30 days. Pick your start date, which will determine your end date. Make a commitment to yourself to stick with it for 30 days. Success Tip! Remember, you are dealing with automatic behaviors, therefore, thinking that you will be able to remember to follow your 30 Day Bad Habit Detox by yourself is setting you up for failure. Use a reminder system to keep you on track; this could be a post-it note on your bathroom mirror or an alarm on your phone.
At the end of your 30 Day Bad Habit Detox, take a few moments to reflect on your experience with questions such as:
Do not skip over this part, DreamChaser! Reflection is the truthbomb life lesson of this challenge! This is how you gain clarity on how habits are serving or not serving you in your life so you can make adjustments towards your goals and dreams instead of staying stagnant. Happy Habit Detoxing, DreamChaser! Shine on!
P.S. Do you have the SoulShine Jumpstart Tracker? This will take your habit detoxing to the next level!
Jackie White has been writing about life and its ups and downs for many years. With a degree in Industrial Psychology and a life-long student of personal development she is intrigued by how each individual chooses to live their life. Jackie feels strongly that truly living your best life is imperative to attaining peace and fulfillment. SoulShine was borne of her desire to inspire and teach others to live their best life. This is her mission and her dream.