Are you a Habit Hater?

I’ve been thinking about all of the things that we talk about in the studio and that I’ve been talking about in this blog. Many of our discussions are on adding more exercise into our lives, eating in a healthier way, feeling better & stronger. As I thought, I realized that all the ideas and changes to behavior have to do with creating healthier habits. If you hate habits, I’m sorry for this bad news! If you already know that creating habits are necessary and can make your life easier, read on!  If you hate habits, read on anyway – you might find you like them afterall?  Let’s take a step back and look at how we successfully create new habits. Creating new habits can apply to any/every facet of our lives – so this can be BIG!

In looking into the creation of habits, I discovered what I think is great, very useful information from Gretchen Rubin (www.gretchenrubin.com). Gretchen is an author of several books on happiness. She talks about creating happiness in your life and one avenue to accomplish greater happiness is through…. creating habits!  Shocking, I know!  Would you like to create some new habits – perhaps surrounding creating a healthier you?!  Gretchen Rubin has developed four personality types of habit creators : Upholder, Questioner, Obliger & Rebel.

Want to know what type habit creator you are?  Follow this link to take Gretchen’s free quiz – https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1950137/Four-Tendencies-January-2015  Perhaps you are wondering, ‘Why would I want to know?’  Fair question!  Once you know your personal tendencies surrounding habit creation, you can set yourself up for success.  After taking the quiz (and it only takes probably less than 5 minutes to complete and no really personal questions involved) you will receive a report on which of the four types you are.

What kind of information might you expect?  Well, I can speak as an Obliger.  The quick summary describes an Obliger as “I do what I have to do.  I don’t want to let others down, but I may let myself down.” Obligers are further told they “meet outer expectations, but struggle to meet inner expectations. They’re motivated by external accountability; they wake up and think, “What must I do today?” So how might you use this information? Well, if you would like to add more exercise into your life, signing up for classes vs. planning to get on the treadmill a few times a week in your basement might be more successful because you are building in some external accountability which is exactly what the Obliger in you needs!

Take the quiz and let me know if you agree with the results! Also, if you want to brain storm about how you might use this information to your advantage, get in touch and we’ll chat. I think understanding what type of habit creator you are can be a huge advantage to making strides in creating a healthier you!

Happy creating & stay safe in the snow,

Jill