Beyond 30 Days – When Simple Acts Become Good Habits

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”  ~Aristotle

The January Money Diet is nearing its end, and many of you report that taking a spending break has been fulfilling and rewarding. I agree; I don’t miss the extra ‘stuff’, and the break — and healthier bank account — inspires me to be more thoughtful about the way I spend money in the future.  

There seems to be magic in the practice of doing something for 30 days, and this was reinforced for me a few weeks ago when I attended Diane Sieg’s inspiring ’30 Days to Grace’ program at öm time yoga center in Denver. What appealed to me about Diane’s program is its simplicity and short commitment time: a simple practice for 30 minutes a day, for just 30 days. I could do that, I thought, as Diane led us through a routine of deep breathing, yoga, meditation and journaling exercises.  Of course, the beauty in doing something for 30 days is that it’s enough time to subconsciously create a new good habit – a habit you just may want to continue beyond your original commitment.

Diane graciously agreed to guest post for us this morning, and here are her thoughts about creating new good habits:

30 Days to Habit

Diane Sieg

We are nearing the end of the January Money Diet, a month dedicated to taking a break from nonessential spending.  How are you doing so far?  Now that you have been practicing non-essential spending for the last 27 days, why not keep going with another practice?  What about picking something else to focus on, to change a behavior and achieve something important to you? 

They say it takes 30 days to make a habit. I know from experience that doing anything every day for 30 days keeps you focused and connected to your commitment.  In the 30 Days to Grace Program, I suggest choosing an intention in an area of your life you want to shift, change, or give more energy to.  Then you spend 30 minutes a day, first thing in the morning, practicing a series of guided activities including deep breathing, yoga poses, meditation and journaling to give focus on your intention. 

We know that what we focus on expands, and this powerful, life-changing practice is receiving rave reviews from the participants.  Weight loss, increased revenue and improved relationships are just a few of the amazing results reported! 

To keep it simple, I invite you to look at the ‘wheel of life’ to help you pick your intention.  First, select a general theme from one of the eight categories and then you narrow it down to a more specific intention in the form of an affirmation, as if it is already happening.  For example under Physical Health your affirmation could be I embrace my beauty or under Finance, Money is flowing easily and effortlessly into my life. 

Then, you let go of the “how” and just be open to the insights, messages, and guidance that comes from your daily practice.  What another exciting 30 days it can be when you choose your next habit!

-Diane Sieg

Thanks, Diane, for sharing your thoughts and time today. Diane teaches her program regularly at locations around the Denver area, but if you’re elsewhere you can also purchase a CD of her program at her website.

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

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