I called my Mom the other day. As we spoke I heard this "crunch, crunch, crunch" sound in the background.
Turns out she was out walking for exercise on a gravel path that goes around a park in her neighborhood. Not normal for my Mom. Except she's been doing it just about every day for the last 3 weeks. I guess her normal has shifted a bit.
When I asked her about it she said that seeing the new habits I'd started in my life and hearing me talk about it had inspired her. She's in her 60's and knows she needs to be more active. But until now she hadn't figured out how to fit it in regularly.
Outside of a few casual conversations, we hadn't talked much about how active she was or wasn't. I hadn't coached her on it at all.
Apparently good habits are contagious.
Then I looked around I saw that my kids had caught the bug too.
I exercise a little bit every day. Lately my 6 year old has been asking if we can walk to school instead of drive so she can get exercise on the way. And last night my 8 year old stopped in the middle of her math homework to do a quick set of jumping jack burpees.
And it turns out I'm not the only one who's noticed that good habits can be spread and caught like a virus.
So, the evidence tells us that what we do, whether good or bad, is likely to effect what the people around us do.
What, then, could starting that good habit you've been putting off do for the people closest to you? Who are those people in your life? Your spouse? Your kids? Other family? Friends?
How much happier or healthier would you all be after say, 20 years of doing your thing consistently? How would you feel about the way you'd positively affected their lives?
Sometimes it's easier to find motivation to do things for other people than for ourselves. Regardless of where the motivation comes from, starting and sticking with something new can be tough. But like most things, once you understand how it works, creating new habits becomes less magic and more just a series of steps.
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