I came across a nice quote from Wendy Wood today while sorting new e-mails. For me it summed up an insightful take on breaking habits versus forming new ones.

“When we try to change our behavior, we strategize about our motivation and self-control. But what we should be thinking about instead is how to create new habits. Habits persist even when we are tired and don’t have the energy to exert self-control.” – Wendy Wood

How forming new habits work brings to mind some people practicing how to draw or sketch and if he or she feels they haven’t gotten it right, would not mind how many pages they’ve ripped off their drawing pads in order  to perfect it.

Why I bring this up in a post on a January is because I notice the general trend at the start of the year – everyone seems exuberant about strategizing on their New Year’s resolutions at the onset of the year but because old habits die hard, the energy wanes as the months trudge on. When the motivation dies, the old destructive habits kick in.

Mindfulness is an important thing. As with the law of attraction, we do not attract what we want when we constantly think about what we don’t want to happen. So it is with habits and behavior, we will likely achieve our goals if we work on forming new constructive habits like it’s a normal part of our daily routine.