Lets talk about habits. Many of us have habits that we are not even aware of that hold us back or help us play small. Some habits we know we have and yet we are reluctant to do the work to stop them. Know that all of your habits serve you in some way, even the bad ones do.

A habit can not just be broken and taken away. A habit must be replaced with another behavior. It has to be done intentionally. If you are serious about your self improvement, it is time to see what habits are running you.

The first thing to do is to do a social experiment with yourself. Grab a journal and a pen and keep it with you for the next few days. Notice how you behave in different situations and what your emotional responses are to these events. When you walk into a room do you slink to the corner or do you walk right up to others and introduce yourself? How does that serve you and what are you feeling when you walk into that room?

As a professional life coach I am always looking for habits my clients may have that they don’t see themselves. When I point out a habit I ask that they spend the next week just noticing when they do that behavior and how they feel when they do it. This will give us some clues to work with. I remind them to use no judgement, this is not about being wrong or bad. It is just about noticing.

You can not change a habit if you are not aware of it. So notice it, no judgement. How and why do you do this? What would work better for you? Now replace the old habit with the new way of being. It will take practice, so be patient and kind with yourself. Soon enough the new way of being will become a new healthy habit. We can not change what we do not see.

+Michelle DeBerge

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Michelle has over 20 years experience in coaching, leadership and motivation. She is passionate about creating a community for growth, healing and support. She has been recognized for her work both locally and nationally. She inspires audiences and clients with her down to earth stories of struggle and growth. She believes that being authentic has been the key to her success.

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