Old Habits Die Hard

Old Habits Die Hard

I read somewhere that a habit can be our greatest ally for positive change– or most frequent saboteur of personal success. Creating solid habits that align with our values are important to finding success but what about those habits that might be holding us back?

Here are 3 habits that are standing in my way of getting exactly what I want.

Skimping on sleep.

I don’t make sleep a priority even though I know how valuable it is. I average about 6-hours a night. For a long time I lived by the phrase “You can sleep when you’re dead.” I thought in order to be successful, sleep needed to take a back seat. Come to find out without sleep our bodies begin to break down. This is where the magic happens!

Solution = Assign a bedtime. Try to go to bed and get up around the same time every day. Yes, that’s right, even on weekends. I have also been looking into the ORUA ring to track my sleep. Maybe a good Christmas 🎄gift from the hubby😉

Obsessively checking email.

I have 3 different email accounts – work, personal and junk. One of the first things I do in the morning is check my inbox. This is done multiple times a day…sometimes up to 30😳! Messages coming in non-stop, most are junk but then you have those that require a little more attention and a response. This can quickly lead to distraction and low productivity.

Solution = Set aside a time every day to go through your inbox without interruption, and make it a goal to do this just once a day. This will help organize our time and focus on the important stuff.


I used to think this was a good habit. In order to be successful you need to strive for excellence. But in truth, perfectionism has been holding me back from not only from achieving what I want but often from even getting started. Chasing perfection is robbing me of what is really important in my life – my family, my friends, my faith. No one can do everything, and everyone is going to make mistakes along the way. Perfection simply does not exist.

Solution = learning that it’s ok to fail. You can fail and still be loved. Learn to let go and enjoy the little moments in life.

So how long does it take to form a new habit or break a bad one?

Science says 66-days. I did some research and it appears the “21-day” rule is a myth. If you really want a new behavior to stick it can take anywhere from 2-months to 8-months.

In the end, all that matters is your willingness to take charge of your life. Let your vision of success fuel you up and don’t let any obstacle stand in your way…not even a bad habit.


A: 8-min AMRAP
200m Run
10 KB Cossak Squats
10 Pushups
10 Mountain Climbers

B. For Time: (20min HARD cap)
100 Squats Cleans
(Until you hit 100 squat cleans)
(every time you break 10 DB Seated Press, 5 Evil Wheels)

Posted by: Nicole