EPISODE 76: [EDUCATION] How to Implement Solid Habits That Last a Lifetime

Stop creating habits that last a week and start implementing habits that last a LIFETIME. In this episode, we dive into exactly how to create habits (healthy ones of course) that last a lifetime. Our habits are the pillars of how we live our lives and it’s critical that we know how we can implement new habits that we know we should or need to be doing and have them become a habit that lasts a lifetime. 


So tune in now to learn the four easy steps to implementing a habit that lasts a lifetime! 


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Maddy 0:08 Welcome to the living in sunshine podcast if you don’t know who I am, my name is Maddy. And I am so excited to have you tuning in to our weekly podcast episodes, where we chat all the things from tips and tricks to funny stories from my life that have helped me to truly live in the sunshine. In this space, we are all about encouraging, inspiring and giving you the tough love that you need to hear sometimes to realize that you are totally made for more than what you currently have in life, and that you hold the power to make the changes that you need to level up and live your best self. So buckle up, grab some water, and let’s get into it. Hello, my dudes, and welcome back to another episode of The Living in sunshine podcast. As we continue throughout September, we are tackling the topic of habits and routines. So if you haven’t yet gone and listen to the other episodes of this month, I encourage you to do so the first episode of the month, I kind of give you a gut check and a tough love session in terms of why your habits and how your habits impact the kind of life that you will live. And then last week’s episode, I gave you a rundown of three habits that I implemented that have truly changed my life and explained why and how they changed my life. So if you haven’t yet caught up on those episodes, go do that right now. Come back and listen to today’s episode. And if you’ve already done that, let’s go ahead and jump into it. Now one quick announcement I want to remind you is to go and take our brand new living in sunshine personality survey. I made a living in sunshine branded and themed personality survey just for you to discover which of the four personas you are. Are you a joy seeker, a happy Hustler, a Dream Chaser or a purpose pursuer if you aren’t sure, and you want to know Head to www dot living the letter N sunshine. So living in sunshine.com/survey to take this 10 Question less than 62nd survey to discover which persona you are. Once you get your results, I will be able and be sending you tools and resources, tips, strategies and trainings just for you as whatever persona you are to help you to live a life of joy, intention and a life that you are obsessed with. So head to that link right now. Again, it is living in sunshine.com/survey. You can also find it linked in the show notes down below. Take that survey and then let me know which persona you get, you can head to my Instagram handle which is also living in sunshine over on Instagram. At the very top I have pinned a little graphic for you to share which result you got to your Instagram stories. And don’t forget to tag me so I can see what you got. So that way we can connect even further. And I can support you even more. I am so excited for this survey and to see what you are. So don’t forget to let me know. And if you love this survey, be sure to share it with a friend so they can find out what their persona is as well. All right, my friends, let’s go ahead and dive in to today’s episode because it is a good one. So for today’s episode, I am going to be giving you four steps for things that you can do to learn how to implement solid habits that last a lifetime. Because here’s the thing, we all set out to create a new habit with good intentions. But then things like life or family work stress, emotions, mindset, whatever life just being life, right? Get in the way of us actually implementing those habits that we either know we should be doing or need to be doing or just want to be doing. And we fail to make them a lifelong habit. And last week, I shared with you three habits that I implemented over the span of 14 years. And I wanted to share with you how I made these things, habits, true habits, things that I do every single day if not consistently enough to where I can recognize that I have done them week to week, right. And I wanted to share with you how I managed to do that, especially when working on creating a new habit that we know we should be doing so that way we can live a life that we love and a life that brings us joy. So step number one to implementing a habit that lasts a lifetime is to pinpoint where you need to improve right? More often than not a habit stems from a place of improvement. Whether it is a needed improvement ie like you know that you need to get healthier or you know that you need to save more money or you know that in order to make more money or I don’t know achieve a goal you need to go back to school right like something that needs needs to happen, or a place of improvement that you want to happen, right. So, for the example, like, you want to start drinking more water, because you want to help your skin get healthier, or you want to, I don’t know, get a new job. So you know that you’ll have to get into the habit of doing XYZ things after work to get that new job, right, wherever and for whatever reason you want to improve, you need to first know where you need to improve, right? We can’t get better if we first don’t know where we need to get better. So do you need to improve in your health? Or work maybe in a relationship? Or in other areas of life? Right? I mentioned finances? Where do you need to improve? Okay, you have to start, you know, before just throwing in a new habit, say drinking more water, right. And I’m using that example, because I am a big proponent for drinking so much water in a day. Before we know. And before we can just implement that new habit, we have to know where we need to improve in order to know that that habit is going to give us that improvement, right. So first, ask yourself, Where do I need to improve? And why do I need to improve? Right? Is it something I need to be doing, let’s just use the example of like a need to do habit like maybe you have your Doctor Who told you that you need to lower your blood pressure. And to do that you need to implement the habit of eating more vegetables or going outside more often, or whatever it might be like, the reason for improvement might be a need. But it also just might be a want, right? Like I remember, I changed the habit of not eating dairy in college, because I just wanted to see what would happen. But before we can just implement a habit and expect it to last forever. We need to know where we are improving. So that’s step number one, pinpoint where you need to improve, and then know why you want to improve in that way. Number two, step number two is to decide on what you want to start doing. Now. When you sit yourself down and you say okay, where do I want to improve? You might say, well, I want to improve on my finances, and I want to improve on my weight. And I want to improve on my mindset. Like we all have probably a bunch of things that we want to improve on. Maybe not maybe you are but you know, perfect, beautiful little butterfly unicorn and you don’t have anywhere to improve kudos to you. If that’s you, I know for a fact, that’s not me. But when you decide on where you need to improve, you have to then decide on what you want to start doing first, okay, I’m going to say this again, I’ve said it in the last few episodes this month, and I’ve said it a million times on this podcast before. Don’t change your entire life overnight. It won’t work. It’s not sustainable for you to go from eating McDonald’s, you know, seven days out of the week to eating kale every single day and go into a hardcore CrossFit class every single day overnight. That’s not sustainable for most people. Don’t try and do that. So when I say decide on what you want to start doing, pick one thing that you want to start improving, right? Is it working out? Is it eating cleaner? Is it saving or investing your money? Is it drinking more water? Is it just plain old getting ready for the day? Where do you want to start to make that improvement that you now know that you need to improve? Right? Start small and grow from there because I promise you, those new habits that you want or need to implement will not become lifelong habits. If you change your entire lives being overnight and one day, it just won’t work. Your body will not it just won’t work. Just take my word for it. It won’t work. If it does for you. That’s amazing. It doesn’t happen for most people, okay? So decide on what you want to start doing. Pick one thing, make that your focus until you recognize that it’s a habit and then fold something else in Okay, start small to then grow big. So sorry to interrupt the show minute but I have some exciting news I need to share with you right now. Are you ready? I am so excited to share it that the sunshine squat monthly membership has officially launched to everyone. I designed this membership to help all of my happy hustlers, Joy seekers dream chasers and purpose pursuers have a space where they can feel supported, encouraged and inspired every single day to get after their most ideal life. Included in this membership are two coaching calls led by myself daily check ins to help you stay on track and accountable in your joy seeking weekly q&a opportunities for me to give you tailored coaching and guidance in your journey. And the high growth tech stride is coming back for members only. And the best part about this. It’s only $20 a month. Literally I made this membership for you the good girl who is ready to take control of her life, live a life of joy and obsession, and also help you get connected with other like minded women who want the same exact thing that you do. So go jump into the membership. Now you can find all of the information that you need and the link to join us in the show notes. Or you can go find more information over on my Instagram, which is at living the letter N sunshine, and I cannot wait to see you in there. Okay, step number three into turning a habit into a lifelong thing, right, creating and implementing solid habits that lasts a lifetime. Step number three, my friend, is to gain clarity on why you want to do these things, right? Why do you want to eat healthier? Why do you want to go back to school? Why do you want to create habits where you are put outside of your comfort zone more often? So you can make friends? Right? Is it emotional? Is it physical? Is it just to feel better? Is it to get yourself to a goal or a dream or a type of life that you want to live? Why do you want these things? So often we decide to do things just because right and then we never rooted anywhere different than Oh, just because right? And then it doesn’t become anything deeper than just because which then leads us to not having the discipline and consistency we need to have to make that a lifetime thing. I’m gonna go back to my example that I briefly mentioned of me cutting out dairy in college. Yes, that was a purely just I wanted to see what would happen thing, by it truly deeply. If I were to unpack that a little bit further. The deeper reason as to why I wanted to do that is because I was tired of feeling sick to my stomach after having like a crap ton of cheese, or milk or anything with dairy in it. I didn’t feel good. I was super bloated the next day, I just, I’m not gonna share too too much. I just didn’t feel good, right? We’re just gonna leave it at that. That was my deeper why my deeper why was I didn’t want to feel like crap anymore after eating something with dairy in it. And so I decided to cut out dairy and just see what happens, right? If it was really easy, I would stick to it. If it was too challenging or whatever. I decided I just told myself, I’d go back to eating dairy, no harm, no foul, I tried it. And I felt better. Because I knew and I was clear on why I wanted to make that habit change of not eating dairy. It gave me the motivation to continue to cut out dairy. Right, it was one of those things that because I knew where I wanted to improve. IE, you know, my, the way that my stomach felt and looked after eating dairy. And I knew what I was going to start doing, ie cutting out dairy. And then I gained the clarity as to why I wanted to do that which is to not feel like crap after eating it, I was able to stick with the habit of only buying almond or oat milk or you know, nut milk nut based products to swap out my my dairy habit of eating too much dairy, right. And that could be anything that that could be aligned to any other kind of habit, change your habit implementation that you want to use in your own life. But that’s why we need to do that when we gain clarity as to why we need to do something over it just being just because it helps us to infuse more discipline and commitment to that change that we are making. All right. And step number four, the final step, which is probably the most important one is to remind yourself of what you want, when you don’t want to do that thing, right. So say you want to implement the habit of, I don’t know, exercising every single day. So you can become a bodybuilder or you can do like a body competition or whatever. I have a friend who did this last year and she had to make a couple of habit changes in order to make that happen. There were times that she probably didn’t want to do things like weigh her food and count her macros because it took it was time consuming and it was hard for her to do. But in those moments, she needed to remind herself of why she had to do those things to get the thing that she wants, which was to perform well in the competition that she was, you know, competing in in the next couple of months. You you guys, my friends, all of you listening, we are all going to get to a point where we don’t want to do something that we know we need to do in order to improve our life in some way. Right? This is the unsexy bit of designing a life that we love. This is the not fun part of living a life that makes us happy. There are just unfortunately some things that we have to do that we don’t want to do. And it can it can look like anything it could look like going for a hot girl walk or it could look like eating at home, instead of going out to dinner, it could look like investing the $50 into your high yield savings account, instead of spending it at Starbucks, it could be any of those things, right? There’s going to be points in which you don’t want to have to do those things. And when you get to those moments when you are in that that frame of mind of I don’t want to do this is too hard, or I’m over this or I just don’t want to, you have to remind yourself of what you want. That is called discipline. You have to have discipline in order to get motivated in order to do the thing you don’t want to do in order to have the thing that you really want. And if this is something that you really, really struggle with, I want to encourage you to check out I have a masterclass on this exact thing called the Jumpstart your motivation masterclass where I walk you through this whole, you know, step number four in great detail, I’ll link in the show notes for you. It’s $20, you get a full workbook that goes with it. And I literally walk you through how to get motivated to achieve those goals, or implement those habits or, you know, live that life that you’ve always wanted. Even when you don’t want to do the things that you know you have to do to make that happen, right. So definitely if this step number four is like, Oh, I know that this is my Achilles heel. I know that this is where I always drop the ball. I want you to explore and check out that masterclass that jumpstart your motivation masterclass, because it might be the thing that changes the game for you. And it might be the missing piece that you need in order to finally implement those habits you know, you need to implement in order to live a life that you’ve always wanted. So there you go, my friends, four steps that you can take to implement solid habits that lasts a lifetime. pinpoint where you need to improve. Decide on what you want to start doing. gain clarity on why you want to do those things. And then remind yourself of what you want. When you don’t want to do that thing. When you follow these four steps. When you do those things consistently over time, you will start to be able to implement those solid habits that you know you need or want or have or just desire to have in your life. And you will see that they become habits that last a lifetime. If you loved any of these tips, be sure to grab a screenshot of today’s podcast episode, post it to your Instagram stories and tag me with the tip resonated with you the most. Again if you struggle with things like motivation or discipline, be sure to check out the master class the Jumpstart your motivation master class that I have done in the past. You can find it linked in the show notes. And until next week, my friends I am sending you all the sunshine good vibes and I hope you make it a great day. That is all I have for you today my dudes and I hope you love today’s episode. If you did, I would seriously appreciate it if you went and left the show a review and rating on whatever platform you’re currently listening on. For every review and rating that you leave it truly helps the show grow and reach more women just like yourself. If you had any major takeaways or aha moments, be sure to take a screenshot of this episode. post it to your social media stories with your biggest takeaways and tag me at living in sunshine so I can share it with my people as well. Again, thank you so much for hanging out with me this week. And until next time, I am sending you all the sunshine good vibes and I hope you make it a great day.