The 4 Steps to Breaking a Routine

There's no doubt about it, creating change is hard.

We like routine. It's predictable and requires minimal effort. Our brains thrive on well-worn thoughts and patterns that operate on autopilot.

However, there is a part of our brain that likes to stretch, grow, and try new things. The trick is to learn which tools are necessary for positive change so desired results can be achieved. Without new tools, behaviors, and habits the outcome will always be the same.

When we decide to set out on a new, better, healthier, more fulfilling path our brains often say, "Hold up. What's this? This is not the normal daily program.”

How do we override the neurological battle between our programmed brain and what we know we should do?

We change our mind, align our actions to what we really want, and incorporate some accountability. We do things differently.

Getting on the Same Page

Here are a few ways to get your brain to become an ally rather than a roadblock.

1. Get Clear About Why. A deep understanding about what's REALLY motivating you is imperative. Keep asking, "Why?" until you uncover what's underneath the desire to embark on change. Also, explore why this is important now. How will you feel when change has happened? How will your life be different or better?

2. Write It Down. Get your why out of your head and onto paper. If you'd prefer, use the memo/notepad function on your phone. Whichever method you choose, be sure it’s somewhere you will see it daily.

3. Accountability. Change, new habits, and accomplished goals do not happen overnight. It takes, time, practice, and patience. Having someone in your corner for support, mentoring, and encouragement is essential.

You can use a simple tracking system in a logbook or a productivity app on your phone. You can invite a spouse, partner, or friend to join you. You can hold one another accountable. You can join a program or work with a coach.

Having some form of accountability provides a built-in support structure when things get challenging or you just don't feel like doing it anymore.

4. Take it One Step at a Time. Begin with one change. Trying to completely overhaul everything in your life at one time is too disruptive. Being overwhelmed often leads to inaction. Start with one habit and get really good at it, then once it becomes part of your routine, move on to the next habit. Before you know it, small changes will turn into well-worn habits that create the outcome you desire.

If you have intentions for a better, healthier 2020 and know you'd like support, reach to our Health and Lifestyle Coach, Kelley Rakow for information on how to get started with W(h)ealth. Go now:


Information presented by W(h)ealth should not be relied upon to determine diet, make a medical diagnosis, or determine treatment for a medical condition. The information is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Consult a doctor and/or medical professional before making any health changes, especially any changes related to a specific diagnosis or condition.

About the Writer

Kelley Rakow, Health and Lifestyle Coach