Often when writing these blogs, the topic that comes up is something that feels relevant right now. And the topic of habits has been on my mind, especially now getting back into the swing of working, and now juggling mom-of-4 life alongside actively being back in practice.
A phrase I heard a lot in chiropractic school was be, do, have. Who you are as a person dictates what you do as a person which dictates what you have as a person. When it comes to creating a healthy lifestyle, it comes down to who you are. If you want to have health, you have to embody what health is.
For example, I want to be a person who moves intentionally, exercises in some way 4-5 times a week. To create the habit of moving my body, what kind of person do I have to be? You might say motivated, but motivation is a short-lived feeling. Discipline, on the other hand, is what keeps a person going, even when they don't feel like it.
Working on my discipline, in this example, is what leads me to doing my daily movement, which is what leads me to having a strong body. To have healthy habits ingrained in my lifestyle, I need to be a person who values health.
You can apply the be-do-have to most any areas of your life. Want to have more joy in your day to day life? How can you embody joy? Have a goal you are trying to reach? Well then, what kind of person reaches those goals?
This may be a more vague approach to the topic of habits, but I really do believe in the power of the be-do-have phrase. I have to be something in order to do something in order to have something.
Let me know your thoughts on this!