Developing Good Habits

I have been instilling a personal discipline each morning of taking time to do two things. One is to focus on a daily mediation and the other is to read on a subject related to coaching.  For the latter, my current book is Gestalt Therapy by Perls, Hefferline & Goodman[1] and for the former, I dip randomly into a book entitled, 360 Tao: Daily Meditations.[2]

In randomly opening up the Daily Meditations book, today’s word is ‘Existing’. The description of the word invites the reader to think about clearing away the fog that obscures one’s mind and to explore more clearly the inner reality that exists.

Within the context of the Gestalt book, I am just about to begin a section on fixations, which is a sub-section of ‘Introjection’.

I am just setting off for a weekend of walking in an attempt to exercise my mind, body and soul so I feel I have sufficient time to reflect on these three concepts: introjection, fixation and existing. I’ll post a summary of my reflections on my return.

The reason I entitled this blog ‘Developing Good Habits’ is that all too often, when coaching clients, I find we are trying to work on breaking bad habits but what does it take to develop good habits?  Well, in my view its motivation, practice, repetition and noticing when the behaviour becomes automatic.  The above morning rituals now seem as automatic as brewing my morning cup of coffee.

I am interested to know how in your coaching practice are helping others to develop good habits? What good practices can we promote and share with others?

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[1] Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality, F. Perls, R.F. Hefferline & P. Goodman

[2] 365 Tao: Daily Meditations, Deng Ming-Dao

 

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