Is it possible to leave habits behind? Well, if we’re not sure what our habits actually are, let alone the impact they are having on our lives, it’s unlikely.
But shaking things up a bit with a change in scenery can definitely help to create awareness.
I say this as I’m on a family vacation in Kauai. We’re in a rental condo. It has all the creature comforts of home: separate bedrooms, kitchen, cable television, wifi.
I admit that it’s been very difficult for me to stay away from the laptop when I’m in its vicinity. Do I really need to be there to immediately catch and respond to every work email that comes in? Note to self: this habit has to change!
But other than that, it’s surprising how natural it has been to ignore our routine.
Instead of the normal tendencies at home, we’ve created new routines based on the stuff that matters to us. Early morning snorkels at a new beach every day. Pool time. Reading time. Nap time. Walks for yummy treats like shave ice. Bike rides. Buying fresh produce from farm markets. Eating healthier. Watching sunsets. More quality time together.
So the question is, when we go back home, will we return to the old routine of way too much technology, rushing, less than ideal eating, and paying less attention to each other because we’re too busy? Or will we embrace some of these new habits that we’re loving?
It’s too soon to say.
What I do know is that it’s pretty difficult to change something if you’re not aware that you’re doing it – and not feeling the real impact that it’s having on your life. That’s the value of contrast. It helps you to identify what no longer works for you, and what you prefer instead.
Contrast offers clarity. Clarity offers choice. And that’s how you start to change from the inside out.
Only when it matters will you be inclined to leave habits behind.
So get out of the comfort zone of your routine. You don’t have to travel to Kauai (unless you want to). Awareness can come by choosing to stop right now and switch things up a bit.
One step at a time.
Will you try it?