Red Yellow Green – How to make habits work for you.
Red Yellow Green
I had the privilege of training an incredible group of young ladies on New Year’s Eve day. I love my chosen career. I get to travel and meet outstanding, talented people. This group was no exception. When I asked them if they wanted to change, every one of them raised their hands and said, “Yes!” We spent the next two hours going over the steps to make change permanent and easier in their lives.
With the New Year here and most people making New Year’s resolutions, I thought it might be a good time to share the steps with you as well. First off, don’t wait even a minute to make a change when you see the need. The longer you wait the harder it gets to take action and develop a good habit.
There are different kinds of habits. Habits you are doing and habits you are not doing; habits that get you closer to your dreams, and habits that pull you off track. You need to be aware of where you are going and the behaviors that will get you there. No more autopilot. Think about where you are and the next step you need to take.
Too many people just travel through their lives never living. They live the same day over and over again. The future is not something you enter; it is something you create with your choices and actions. You need to stop doing the nonproductive habits. (Red) Pay attention to your triggers that keep you stuck. (Yellow) Create a plan to get you were you want to go and take action. (Green) Measure, monitor, and adjust along the way to make sure you are on trajectory to reach your destination.
You must consciously be aware of what you are doing every moment of every day. You need to live in the now while taking actions and making decisions to put you in the best possible place for the future you want. Success is when planning and practice meet opportunity. You always get what you want; the problem is remembering what you really want. Make a decision about what you are doing and what you are eating. Don’t just act from habit.
My book, Bully Proofing You, starts with a quote by Victor Frankl it reads “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lie our growth and our freedom.” That space is what I am talking about. The problem most people face is they don’t know about the space. They just react to a stimulus without thought. They let their habits run them and highjack their dreams and future.
My hope for you is to start using the space to create your life. Stop performing tasks the same way unless you have tried others and know your way really is the best. Find your triggers and be aware when they happen so you can counteract them. Make a list of the habits you need to get you where you want to be and take action.
Red Yellow Green that’s what it’s all about.
Have an transformational day and every day,