Old habits die hard
I used to think I was broke because I liked going to restaurants so much.
I used to think I couldn’t eat a well-balanced diet because I was out of the house so much.
I used to think I would update my portfolio if only I had enough time.
Turns out none of that was true. Took a whole global pandemic to show me: I’m the problem
In his brilliant book Atomic Habits, James Clear explains we often want to have a result but we don’t want to commit to the process it would take to get there. For example, I would like an emergency fund but can’t bring myself to stop buying sparkling water at Woolworths. I’ve identified myself as a bougie lady and being slightly more frugal questions that identity.
Obtaining a new habit or lifestyle change also means we need to let go of the comfort of our current lifestyle (for me, attempting to be Constantia mom bougie) and habits. Even if our patterns are not always constructive, they’re always familiar. A worn in pair of leggings that fit perfectly (that you know you shouldn’t want to wear everywhere, but still do).
In his book, Clear (what an apt surname, like seriously did someone make it up?) luckily recommends changing your habits incrementally. Think of getting 1% better every day and it will compound over time (he said it much Clear-er).
For now, I’m committing to meditating with Headspace and trying yoga daily with Down Dog. My hope is that I can work on my mindfulness. Then I’ll hopefully be less inclined to try and escape the present with food, money spending and social media scrolling. Also, I will finish reading Manage Your Money Like A Fucking Grownup eventually (it’s really good, I haven’t been ready yet).
How could you commit to getting 1% better today?