Have you ever tried to change something in your life or develop a new habit that you knew would make your life better? Probably all of us have at some point, usually in January after we’ve been overeating and overspending for the holidays and we decide it’s time to change our evil pecan pie eatin’ ways.
But why is it that before you really even get started at trying to change a habit, you end up quitting?
Well maybe it’s because you’re weak. Or maybe it’s because you’re YELLA’ (said with a John Wayne voice).
Well, whichever it is studies have shown that when you try to change things, your brain fights you tooth and nail, every step of the way. Your brain tells you new is dangerous, new is a threat, change is hard.
But you know what? Change is where all the good stuff is. When you make a commitment to exercise, keep track of your spending, eat better, or get out of debt, you have to fight the fact that your brain wants to keep doing the same old things it’s always done. You have to consciously tell yourself to stop being a “GIRLIE MAN” (said with a Hans and Franz voice) and make change happen.
Studies also show that if you can do something new for just 30 days that you can permanently change a habit or even start a new one. Now we all know 30 days is not a long time, but when you’re trying something new it can feel like an eternity.
But when you decide to commit to change it can make your life better in so many great ways. When you subtract the bad, or add the good, life always ends up better.
Here’s a great video of a TED Talk by Matt Cutts talking about 30 days of change:
So here is my challenge to you today: Click “Comment” below and tell me what you would like to change in your financial life.