Creating habits must be one of the hardest things in the world to do. We have those annoying little voices in our heads telling us that there are SO many other things we could be doing that are SO much more fun and enjoyable than sticking with a resolution that’s going to IMPROVE our life.

It’s really not easy to follow through on a commitment for us adults, let alone kids.

What does it involve?

Well, I’ve come to the conclusion that a habit needs to be created in two stages. Stage one involves just doing one thing each day that tells our brain we are no longer interested in its opinion about how many other more enjoyable things there are to do such as lounge in front of the TV, have another packet of chips, scan through Facebook for the 100th time for the day, do nothing even! I think as long as we commit to one thing that moves us toward a new habit each day we can convince ourselves that this new endeavour is completely doable. This might only take 5 minutes. If that’s not possible do it for 1 minute but make sure it happens every day.

Another thing to think about at this stage is to connect the new habit with an existing habit that already happens every day. Then once you have conditioned your mind that this is what you do every day now just start extending the time you spend on it each day incrementally. Perhaps one extra minute per day for a while and then I think you will find it is embedded in your daily routine.

I would love to know if there is something you have been meaning to embed in your daily routine, or your child’s, that hasn’t quite happened yet.
Hit reply and tell me how important it is to you that this new habit is created?

OK, I’m off to practise as piano playing is certainly one of my daily habits!

Email joanne@rhythmandtunes.com.au with your best contact number and I will be in touch!

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