sandy beach with writing on it and the sea washing towards itWe’re creatures of habit and can often get carried along through life as if we’re on autopilot – doing the same things in the same way, wearing the same clothes, taking the same route – some of these patterns could be keeping you stuck.

Maybe you love a routine and you’re organised – there are times when these habits are super useful. What aren’t so useful are the patterns and habits that are getting in the way of you living the life you love – these are the ones that need a shake-up.

If you’re not quite on track in some areas of your life, take a closer look at your habits and routines around them. Which ones aren’t good for you? Are there any old patterns you’ve slipped back into without realising? Is there anything you’ve meant to do but haven’t gotten around to?

A friend of mine did a morning routine for years, it was their ‘me time’ before they started their day. She notice that when she got busy, things started to slip and she’d miss a day, or shortcut the routine, and soon got out of the habit of doing her morning routine altogether. Even though she knew it was good for her and one of the ways she looked after her own wellbeing, it had dropped down the list of her priorities. She had to make a commitment to herself and make the time to do her full routine again – it wasn’t long before she was back feeling inspired and energised at the start of her day.

Where do you want to shake things up? Here are a few suggestions for changes you could make:

Dress for a Party Every Day

Change your wardrobe and start wearing all the outfits you’d usually save for best. There’s a great quote by Steve Edge: “Dress for a party and the party will come to you”. He believes in wearing his party clothes every day rather than saving them for a special occasion. Steve is a great storyteller and if you want to find out why he dresses for a party, you can watch him explain in this short video.

And on this theme, why not start using the things in your home that you’ve been saving like your favourite crockery, or wear the special necklace, or drink the Champagne that you’ve been saving and are stored away for special occasions – enjoy them each and every day!

Try a New Hobby

Is there something you’d love to try out but have been putting off? Have you always fancied taking up dancing, learning a language, or letting your arty side out and making something? Either make space to have a go this week or if that’s not possible, make a commitment to yourself, plan it, and get it booked in your diary to do soon.

For me, that was taking up gardening and starting to grow some of my own produce. I love spending time in nature and get to eat the fruits of my labour!

Unplug and Spend Time in Nature

If you find yourself held up inside and plugged into technology, it’s time to get outside in the fresh air. Whether you prefer the park, woods, or beach, being out in nature has a wonderful healing capacity. Get really present and engage all your senses to appreciate your surroundings and enjoy the feeling of calm you’ll achieve by doing this.

Do a Random Act of Kindness

Kindness has a power all of its own, it warms your heart and makes you feel alive. “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” Lao Tzu

Have a think about what you can do today to be kind, here are a few ideas:

  • Handwrite a card or letter to someone
  • Take time to listen to a friend
  • Volunteer in your local community

We are creatures of habit and if you feel like things aren’t going right for you, look at some of the habits and patterns you’re running. The Lightning Process is all about changing patterns that are no longer serving you and replacing them with ones that are life-enhancing. If you want to have a chat about taking the training or need some support with applying it, contact us to find out how we can help you.