Session #1: Defining Your Purpose


 

What’s Going Well

Each week we will start off the session by identifying what has gone well. By focusing on the positive, we can fuel our energy and build the habit of identifying our successes. Even if the positive experience is inconsequential, the impact it can have on mindset is profound. It may feel uncomfortable to practice this at first, but give yourself permission to try it.

 

Defining Your Purpose

The School of Habit program is built on five core habits: Purpose, Awareness, Grit, Preparation, and Mindfulness. The first habit we will focus on is purpose. This will be the foundation for which our other habits are built on, and will be a helpful reminder of why the work is worth it.

An important component of defining our purpose is identifying the end goal. I encourage you to ask yourself “What does the best version of me look like?” The answer to this question will be indicators of the key components of your goal. Focus on three of those components, write them down, and visualize what it would take to make them a reality.

What does the best version of yourself look like?

Let’s take Leanne as an example. The best version of Leanne looks like a present mother, a fit adult, and an organized individual. From this her goals would be to be more focused when she is spending time with her family, build in fitness routines that are realistic for her lifestyle, and managing her job and household duties in a way that doesn’t sacrifice the first two goals.

The final piece is to ask yourself “What will having this goal do for me?” This is the motivating factor that you will anchor your goals to and remember for the next 12 weeks.

What will having this goal do for you?

 

Anchoring Habits

This program is centered around habits, so it would only be appropriate to practice building them! One of the most successful ways to building habits is to practice them on a daily basis. As a part of this program, you will pick one small habit to practice every day for the next 12 weeks. I encourage you to make it small enough to complete on even the most difficult days, and ensure that it is a habit that moves you closer to your goals.

Equally as important as completing the habit, is tracking the habit. At the beginning it will be hard to remember if you’ve completed your action, but more importantly, the satisfaction of checking it off the list will be motivating as you progress. Through this process you will build the strength of consistency to continue through with your healthy habits, even when they don’t seem appealing.

 

Creating an Environment for Success

It’s important to create an environment that sets you up for inevitable success. This means clearing the emotional, physical, and time clutter. To start this process, ask yourself “What activities in my day create the most stress?” Once these have been identified, determine 1-2 actions you can take to prepare your environment for those stressful moment. In doing this you are setting yourself up for the highest chance of success, no matter the circumstance.

What activities in your day create the most stress?

 

Action Steps

  • Create an environment to ensure success
  • Complete and track your habit for the next 7 days