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Summertime is a Perfect Time to Pause, Reflect and Take Inventory of Your Habits

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We’ve reached the mid-point of summer. My hope is that you’re enjoying every bit of this incredible season: the sunshine, the longer days, the yummy seasonal fruit and veg, and the more relaxed vibe that this time of year brings.

The calmer energy of summer means more relaxed schedules and time spent on vacation.

But this can also mean that our normal habits aren’t being enforced because we’ve stepped out of our usual routine. It can be more difficult to focus and our minds can frequently wander. Staying on task can prove challenging and the desire to not do anything beckons.

“What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.” - Gretchen Rubin, Author

As summer steadily marches on, I invite you to take a step back and objectively look at what habits you’ve already established for yourself and ask yourself how well they’re serving you.

Look within. Do these habits serve to uplift and motivate? Or do they feel hard to stick to and are perhaps even cumbersome?

Go deeper. Are there areas of your life that are crying out for a thoughtfully-created habit that will help fill those gaps?

Reflect. Are there gentle tweaks that you can make to your existing habits that will serve to strengthen and fortify the habit and thus, make it easier to adhere to?

“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision.” - James Clear, Author

Partnering with my clients to create rock-solid habits for themselves is one of the many joys of what I do. I love helping them to sort through their challenges and then reframe these challenges into clear, concise, and actionable steps they can take so that they form lasting, supportive habits.

Right now in the quieter, more relaxed months of summer (and before life picks up at a fast pace this fall), is a key time to step back and review those habits. Celebrate those that are strong and rock-solid. Strengthen those that require a little bit of tweaking. Create the ones that will further set you on the course of greater peace, greater resolve, and increased productivity.


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