In order for change to occur in your life, two things must happen:
#1 Awareness and
Most people are blissfully ignorant about the habits that are responsible for creating the circumstances of their lives. They are content to blame outside forces for their lot in life. So, Awareness is a critical first step to habit change. You must stop and think about what you are doing before any change can take place.
Darren Hardy, publisher of SUCCESS Magazine and author of The Compound Effect, goes into great detail in his book about the importance of tracking that which you are trying to change. If you don’t track that which you are trying to change, how can you change? Tracking, therefore, is the key second variable to habit change.
Example: You’re 30 pounds overweight. You become mindful of the food you are eating and realize some of that food might be high in calories. So, to find out, you decide to track exactly what you eat every day. It only takes you a few days to realize, thanks to your calorie tracking, that you are eating 3,500 calories or more each day. After reviewing your tracking, you realize that some of the foods you eat regularly are high in calories. Now you can change. You can cut back on the high calorie foods, reduce your daily caloric intake and lose those 30 pounds.
The answer is Yes, you can change, but only through Awareness and Tracking.