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Working on your mindset to create the first step in change

Creating and sustaining a new habit is the first step in generating any change. Whether you want to change your reading routines, exercise routines, or even splitting your work/life balance so it is more distinct – the first step often lies in your mindset. Your mindset is the foundation upon which you build your habits. Yet, we often hear from our members (and also ourselves!) how hard it can be to cultivate the right mindset to take those crucial first steps towards creating a habit that sticks. We consulted one of our experts to breakdown tools we can use to shift our mindset.

Tip #1 - Define your why

It won't come as much of a surprise to anyone that a goal, without an understanding of why you want it, is unlikely to be reached. Understanding your motivation allows you to clarify why you want to develop this new habit and will serve as a solid baseline of inspiration for when challenges may arise. If you are struggling to achieve this clarity, ask yourself some key questions like ‘what benefits will this habit bring to my life?’, ‘how will it contribute to my overall wellbeing and goals?’ and ‘what will happen if i don’t establish this habit’.

Tip #2 - Set SMART goals

You’ve likely heard about SMART goals, especially if you’ve attended one of our Wine Bar Conversations. They’re well-known because, well, they work. Goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound serve as milestones you reach on your habit-forming journey. For example, if your goal is to practise more mindfulness by meditating, you can start with something attainable, like meditating for 10 minutes three times a week. As you achieve smaller, achievable goals, your confidence and motivation will grow, inspiring you to continue on your path.

Top #3 - Adopt a growth mindset

Cultivating a growth mindset is essential for habit formation. A growth mindset, as defined by psychologist Carol Dweck, is the belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work. When you approach habit formation with a growth mindset, you view setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow rather than as failures. For more on why your mindset is so important, see our blog post about mindset and why it matters.

Tip #4 - Visualise

Visualisation is an incredibly powerful tool that can be effectively harnessed to help you build a habit-friendly mindset. Taking a moment each day to picture yourself successfully engaging in your desired habit allows for your brain to subconsciously associate yourself with such behaviours. Imagine the positive outcomes of building your habit, and the emotions associated with it. Visualisation is effective because it increases your belief in your ability to achieve your goals, making it easier to take those first steps.

Remember that habit formation is a process, and patience and persistence are key. Over time, your mindset will evolve, and your new habits will become an integral part of your daily life.


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