Don’t add a new habit – replace an old one

As we think about the new habits we want to test drive in 2018, I propose a different use of language. Rather than “adding” habits to our current busy days, how about “replacing” bad habits with healthier ones?

Instead of the nightly check in on social media, why not replace it with a nightly check in on the yoga mat. Both take 5 minutes, but one will leave you feeling drained while the other will help you feel in tune with your body.

Why not replace the soda habit with green tea? Or the complaining habit with gratitude?

We all have enough on our plates. As we look to add the good, let’s make sure we’re expelling the bad at the same time. Replacing, not adding, habits is a better path to consistency in the new year.