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BIND YOUR NEW HABIT TO AN ALREADY EXISTING ONE

Establishing new habits can be difficult, as we are such creatures of habit who are just living on auto-pilot most of the time. So a trick to implementing new habits, is to bind your new habit to an already existing one 🌿✨

Perhaps you know the feeling – you want to start that new healthy habit! You’re all excited, and ready to just DO it! You remember to do it for the first week, then wupsi, you forget one day. Then two more, and suddenly you’ve forgotten about that new habit you wanted to implement, because it’s not a natural part of your daily routines.

So how exactly do you implement these new habits, and remind yourself of them?

First tip – write it down! Things are way more likely to happen if you write them down, and set an actual goal.

But second of all – bind your new habit, to an already existing one.

What does that mean?

It means that if you fx want to start using positive affirmations in your daily life, that you then tie that new habit to an already existing one – like brushing your teeth. You could fx put a post-it with positive affirmations on your bathroom mirror, and then when you brush your teeth, you could read them to yourself.

Or perhaps you want to start to start meditating, then tie that habit to your existing habit of making a cup of tea: after I make my morning tea, I will go meditate for 5 minutes.

This method is also known as “Habit stacking”, which says that one of the best ways to build a new habit is to identify a current habit you already do each day, and then stack your new behaviour on top. This method I got directly from James Clear’s book “Atomic Habits”, which I will highly recommend you to read!

So tell me, what new habit do you want to implement in your life? And which existing habit can you then tie it to? 🌿

Do you want to make changes in your life? Real lifestyle changes? It can be the hardest thing sometimes to do it all by yourself, therefore it can be so beneficial to have someone to support you and keep you accountable.

You can read more about my 3- & 6-month Holistic Health Coaching Programs right here 🌿🌿


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GET RID OF WHAT DOESN’T SERVE YOU ANY LONGER, TO MAKE ROOM FOR NEW THINGS

Sometimes in life, we tend to hold on to hold on to things for too life, so that there is no room for new things to come into our life. This is why it’s important to get rid of what doesn’t serve you any longer, to make room for new things ✨

Perhaps your wardrobe is full of black sweaters that you’ve had for years – and you don’t want to get rid of them. Yet now you’re more into lighter colours, but you can’t fit more clothes into your wardrobe because of all the old pieces of clothing?

Perhaps you’re holding onto a gift you got from someone, but you don’t really LOVE it in your home?

It doesn’t only have to be materialistic things – this applies just as well to your personality, and your belief systems.

Perhaps you’ve been clinging to an old version of yourself, an old identity – because you keep telling yourself that “this is who I am”, yet you want more, you want something new and better for yourself.

All things in life serves a purpose at a time. But you need to learn to tune into yourself and listen to when things have served their purpose – and it’s time to let go of them, so that you can welcome in something new that can serve the new you better ✨

Self-development

TRACK YOUR PROGRESS & REACH YOUR GOALS

It is said that people who write down their goals and dreams are more likely to achieve them. Today I want to talk about the power of tracking your progress and how it can help you reach your goals ✨🙌

If you have goals and dreams, the best thing you can do towards achieving them is writing them down and start to tracking your own progress towards them.

Tracking helps you figure out where you are currently at, which is the first step to get in place, in order to find out how to get to where you want to.

Tracking helps you to keep focus on your bigger goal through your minor action steps.

Tracking also helps to keep you motivated, and to stay on track with your progress.

Let’s take some examples:

If you have a goal that you want to run 5 kilometers, and you currently can’t run 1, then don’t see this as a downfall or failure. But see it as knowing where you’re starting at, and then you know how long you have up until your bigger goal.

Now you should’t just go out and try to run 5 km the next day. You should break down your goal into smaller steps – try to follow a beginner’s running plan. These are very simply (speaking from experience as I’m currently following one), where you run 3 x week, but very very easy manageable steps.

Your goal might be to run 5 km, but it doesn’t have to be tomorrow – think long-term, and think about the progress you can feel every time you go out for a run. It will be hard for sure, but you’ll start seeing improvements.

Slow, but steady progress – and staying consistent over a longer period of time is the key to success!

Another example could be if you are suffering from something – that could be migraines, digestive problems, acne. Start to write down when your migraines/digestives problems/acne appears – the first step to improving anything is to become aware your current state, and finding out of when and why it happens.

Does your migraine come right after you’ve been sitting at work all day starring into the computer? Does your stomach pain come after you’ve had dairy products?

Start to track your symptoms, and pay attention to what else is going on in your life whenever you feel the symptoms coming back.

When you have done this over a longer period of time, you’ll start to notice a pattern of when and why it happens, and then you can actively work on trying to do something about it.

Writing down your dreams and keeping track of your progress towards reaching those dreams can be a constant motivating factor – to keep having your dreams in focus ✨🙌


Read also: Minimise your To-Do List & Get more Things Done

Self-development

HOW TO ESTABLISH NEW HABITS SUCESSFULLY

Do you know the feeling of having lots of new habits that you want to implement into your life? But do you also know the feeling of not following through, and thereby you end up keep disappointing yourself and feeling more discouraged by not being able to establish these new habits? Then this blogpost is for you. Here we’re going to talk about how to establish new habits successfully 🙌✨

I bet you know the feeling of wanting to establish lots of new habits, but just not being able to follow through. I know I’ve done this so many times in the past. I’ve set lots of goals for myself, but hadn’t been able to follow through and thereby I kept disappointing myself more and more.

However, over the past 1,5 year I’ve really found the golden way to set goals and habits and being able to stick to them and fulfill them – which have not only made me much more happy, but also boosted my own self-confidence and trust in myself. And I want to share those tips with you, so that you can feel the same way!

  1. Identify Your Goal or New Habit
    First of all, you need to make it clear to yourself what it is you want to achieve, or what habit you want to incorporate into your life.
    Do you want to write a book? Do you want to make yoga a regular exercise practice in your life?

    Find out what it is that you want – and also, be very honest with yourself. Do YOU actually want it? Or is this goal or habit something society has conditioned you into thinking that you want. Tune into yourself and feel what it is that you really want.
  2. Now Take Your Goal and Break it Down
    Break your goal, or habit, into small bite-size pieces, so that it becomes very easy to take action on these pieces – rather than the whole pie.
    You might want to write a book, but if you have “write the book” written on your to-do list then you’ll too easily get paralysed over the big task that is, and you won’t really know where to start – which might lead to you not starting at all.

    Break down the big goal into smaller tasks, fx such as:
    Write a book (overall goal)
    Smaller tasks could be:
    – find out what it should be about
    – do research on the topic
    – divide it up into sections
    – write ideas for each chapter
    – start writing 1 chapter
    – then the next and so on
    – edit

    You see? In this way you have some very concrete action steps you can start on, and you know what each step entails which makes it much easier to begin!

  3. Take Small Steps
    We might want to establish many new habits; start running, make a smoothie every day, exercise x times a week, work on projects etc.
    This is all great – ambitions is wonderful! However, start small. Start with one habit, break it down and be consistent with it until it’s just part of your daily routine and it truly is a habit that you just do. Then once you’ve established one habit successfully, then you can start implementing another one.

    Don’t try to implement too many habits all at once. Rather start small and celebrate the small successes – in that way you’ll gain more and more confidence and self-trust that you’re able to accomplish what you set yourself to.

    For a process like this I can highly recommend finding a coach to help you set small, manageable goals and to help keep you accountable! Ps, keep an eye out, I’ll soon start opening up for working 1:1 with clients (feel free to send me a message on Instagram or comment below if you might be interested in it, or want to hear more about it).

So let me hear – which new habit do you want to establish in your life? Or do you have a big goal you want to achieve? ✨

Read also: Book Recommendation – Atomic Habits
*Ps, I can highly recommend this book for more tips on how to successfully establish new habits!


Inspirering people Self-development

FIND MENTORS OR ROLE MODELS WHO HAVE THE LIFE YOU WANT

Find mentors or role models who have the life you want, and then study what they do 📖✨

I have had so many role models in my life, some ‘real life’ role models that I knew closely, and a lot of role models which I’ve read about or seen documentaries about.

Having someone to look up to is incredible to help you get your dream life!

Because if you want what someone has, then you can choose to study them. Study what they do for a living. Study what kind of attitude and belief set they have. What are their habits? Learn from your role models or mentors.

You can do this completely free if these are bigger personalities where they perhaps have an autobiography written about them, or you can also choose to reach out to people and ask if they will be your mentor. All the big people, fx Tony Robbins, who I have studied and read about have also all talked about studying other people, and walking in their shoes.

I have studied countless of people, primarily through reading. It is through these people that I’ve gotten inspired to change many of my habits, to implement better ones and to get rid of some that just wasn’t serving me.

And it is also very inspirational and comforting to know – that if they can do it, then you can as well!

Question for you: Who are your role models in life? And why do they inspire you? What is 1 habit that your role model does, that you can implement in your own life? ✨

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STEP OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

The only way to grow as a human being, is to step outside of your comfort zone 🙌✨

Every time you try something new, you learn and broaden your perspective – you grow as a human.

Getting outside of your comfort zone means doing things that frightens us. The act of doing something that we are not completely comfortable with almost always turns out not to be so bad once we’ve actually done it, often times it’s just our own mind that build things up to be hard, difficult, scary. And it’s when we try and learn new things that we expand our worlds, and grow.

One of the things that I personally feel very uncomfortable with and which is definitely outside of my comfort zone, is to make videos. So this year I want to challenge myself even more and get outside of my comfort zone.

I’ve committed myself to make 1 IGTV video pr. month. I have already uploaded my first one, about this exact topic, which was very nerve-wracking at first, but it was so well-received by all the lovely people who follow me. If you aren’t following me on Instagram, then I’ve shared an IGTV video about this exact topic, which was so in line with creating a video for me, because that for sure is stepping outside of my comfort zone!

But as my goal is to make 1 pr. month, I would really appreciate it, if you comment or message me about things you would like to hear about in video form.

I also want to encourage you to find something that’s outside of your comfort zone, and then try it out. It can be a small thing, or a bigger thing, but every time you get outside your comfort zone you’ll expand and broaden your world 🙌✨

Self-development

WHAT LIMITING BELIEFS ARE HOLDING YOU BACK?

What limiting beliefs are holding you back from reaching your full potential? Let’s talk about all the things you tell yourself day in and day out, because those thoughts are more powerful than you might think ✨

Have you ever paid attention, to what you say to yourself? I don’t mean what you say out verbally to yourself, but to all the things you tell yourself during the day? What thoughts run through your head when you pass a mirror? What thoughts come up when you speak to someone else? What thoughts do you tell yourself about whether or not you can do something?

For a lot of people, these thoughts are not very positive and encouraging. actually, they can be quite the opposite, they can be harmful, negative and limiting.

And as I’ve mentioned so many times in here – what you focus on grows. Also what you might not have been consciously focusing on, like the things you tell yourself daily in your head.

Become Aware of Your Thoughts

The first step to changing this, is to become aware of your thoughts. Every time you are about to or you have just thought a negative, limiting thought about yourself – stop yourself, and try to “recreate” the thought to a positive and more encouraging one.

At first, you might not believe yourself. But the important thing is to become aware. Because all kind of change, first starts with awareness.

When you have become aware of what kind of things you tell yourself, identify those thoughts. Why do you even say or think these things?

Perhaps you’ve been told for years in school that you are a shy girl who does not speak up. Over the years you’ve taken this identity to you by keep reinforcing those beliefs, which have probably held you back from many things in life – fx feeling comfortable with doing presentations, speaking up etc.

But is there actually any true to this ‘identity’? You can choose to change it, but it does take time. Because something you’ve been identifying yourself as for years, can’t just be changed from one day to the next.

But by becoming aware, and starting to tell yourself a new story and try new things that challenge your prior belief – and keep doing this over and over again, you can change your identity and thereby your reality and your own perception of yourself ✨

Read also: Positive Affirmations


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YOU CANNOT CHANGE OTHER PEOPLE, THE ONLY PERSON YOU CAN CHANGE IS YOURSELF

We cannot change other people. The only person you can change is yourself. But by showing others that you can change, you show them the opportunities they have at hand as well 🌱✨

It can often feel frustrating when you see your dear ones doing things that doesn’t do them any good, and you want to help them change their habits so they can feel better. It could be a parent smoking, seeing someone in deep debt, or seeing someone eating lots of junk and not taking care of their health. Often we want to help our dear ones to make them feel better, but know this – you cannot help a person who does not want to be helped. So we cannot change other people, as frustrating as that is. But what we can do, is showing others the possibilities they have at hand, by doing the work ourselves.

And funnily enough, very often, the things we see in others, are mirrors of things we have in ourselves. So do the work. Focus on yourself. Once people see you have done something, this will inspire them way more, than you telling them to try this and that or stop doing something.

Be patient. You might not change someones life from one day to the next, just by showing them what’s possible. But never underestimate the power of planting a seed 🌱✨

“If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change” – Michael Jackson

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REPROGRAMMING YOUR MIND

As kids we learn things by our parents and those closest to us, this can be both good and bad. If you have limiting self-beliefs, then reprogramming your mind is a way to turn your confidence around and start believing more in yourself ✨

The majority of our lives we run on autopilot – we do the things we have learned to do over and over again. However these things might not always be in your best interest.

Our subconscious mind runs on autopilot, and the things we have learned to do subconsciously we learned in our early childhood days. By watching and observing our parents and those closest to us. This can be both good and bad. You have learned to walk and talk this way, which is wonderful things!

But you might also have learned self-doubt, negative self-talk, how you handle conflicts etc. this way. If you want to change how you live your life and your habits, you need to dig real deep and find out what beliefs you learned in your early childhood and then start to actively work on changing those daily.

This can fx be if you grew up with a parent who talked negatively about themselves, you might feel like that yourself and have convinced yourself over years and years of this way of talking to yourself that you are not good enough. If you want to change this, start to work with affirmations. See this post for examples on positive affirmations. Start to write things down that you feel good about yourself, tell it to yourself – and do it consistently! These subconscious beliefs take time to change, so you have to keep working on them, otherwise it’s easy to fall right back into old destructive patterns 💫

Questions for you: Which beliefs did you carry with you from childhood? What behaviours are you actively trying to change? Or would like to change? ✨

Read also: Growth Mindset

Self-development

GET GROUNDED

If we want to grow, stretch and reach our dreams, we also need to get grounded. Plant our roots deep in the ground, so we can grow even higher.

“Flying starts from the ground. The more grounded you are, the higher you fly” – J.R. Rim

Do you have big dreams and visions for your future? I do too, but in order to make those dreams a reality and grow high, we also need to ground ourselves and get the foundational work in place.

Fulfil the Basic Needs

If you’ve ever had a psychology class at some point in your life, you might have heard of ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs‘. This theory explains perfectly the concept of getting yourself grounded, in order to reach your own higher potential.

Photo from: simplypsychology.org

This pyramid starts from the bottom, the first need all human beings needs to get fulfilled physiological needs; air, water, food, shelter, sleep, clothing, sex. If we have not fulfilled these basic needs, we will not begin to start thinking about the next level in the pyramid, because our mind will then only stay focused on fulfilling our very basic human needs.

In our Western society, majority of us people have the two bottom ‘needs’ in place: physiological and safety needs. What we are working on the top 3 layers; love and belonging, esteem and self-actualisation.

So when I say ‘get grounded’, I mean that in order for you to grow, you first need to have these foundations in place. You need to eat food, sleep well, and have a place you feel safe. But what is also important is your relationship towards others, a sense of belonging, and your own self-esteem. A practice to help you with your self-esteem can be the use of positive affirmations.

Remember, that the highest trees, also have the deepest and strongest roots.

Do you have big dreams and visions you want to fulfil? Look at your own life and see where your foundation is not working, and then start working on that. Perhaps you do not sleep enough? Then start working on that. Perhaps your self-esteem is very low? Then start working on that.
So, where in your life, can you work on your foundational work? Share it below, or write it down for yourself, and then start working on it.

Read also: Growth Mindset