Trying to Break a Pesky Habit or Start a New One?

Do you have an unhealthy habit you are struggling to break?   Or do you have a healthy habit you are trying to make a habit but are finding it difficult to adopt? Are you asking yourself why this is so darn hard to break or begin?

Our brain has a simple default mode for our responses in life. First, you have a trigger, then there’s an accompanying behavior, and the outcome is either a result or a reward. This behavior is automatic; it is how habits are formed. Being in this habit mode is like unconsciously putting yourself on autopilot.

First, you must recognize what you are doing. I tell my clients awareness is power.   Be aware of the habit and see it for what it is. Don’t judge it; just see it.

Secondly, explore and understand the reward or result achieved from the behavior.

Mindfulness teaches us to witness our own life experiences. I like to use the analogy that it is like watching our own life movie.

Then ask yourself, what will this give me? Is this in my best interest?

Living mindfully aware, you observe with love and kindness how you are showing up in the present moment. It is at that moment you have the power to change. Taking that powerful pause, you can reevaluate the behavior. It’s not forcing yourself to change or berating yourself for not changing; instead, it sees it for what it is and encourages a state of willingness and neutrality to navigate.

This week I encourage you to apply this to a habit you are trying to break or adapt. As always, I am here to assist with a proven system that works to rewire the brain. If you want to learn, simply reach out to me below!

Mindfully yours,



Nancy Gentle Boudrie
Nancy Gentle Boudrie
For 35 years, Nancy has helped Business Owners and Corporations peak perform and create exponential success. Whether setting up safety programs in the transportation industry or creating multi-million-dollar independent insurance agencies, one of which was her own, Nancy has been assisting business professionals and organizations in creating seven-figure success. Most recently, for the last 15-plus years, Nancy found her true passion and purpose in coaching company leaders and employees to manage high levels of stress and navigate the unprecedented challenges facing today’s organizations. She uniquely blends her entrepreneurial business knowledge with her training in mindset skills such as Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Naropa University’s Mindful Leadership Training. Nancy teaches business professionals to be creative, innovative, and resilient during challenges to create a life of design, not one of default. Furthermore, she assists organizations in increasing morale, profitability and reducing workman’s comp claims and absenteeism by implementing programs that support employee engagement by improving mental and emotional mindset. Nancy’s passion for sharing her message, special talents, and unique gifts have also included hosting two successful Radio/Podcast shows as well as the releasement of a guided meditation CD, sold on iTunes, called Awaken With Light ~Welcome Inner Balance. Furthermore, she is considered a gifted expert in various energy modalities such as Usui Reiki as a Master/Teacher and Integrative Energy Therapy. Nancy loves giving back to her community and church. She is a volunteer for Penn Medicine, and Neighborhood Health as a reiki practitioner and grief counselor. She is also proud to serve as a reiki practitioner and mindset coach to women battling breast cancer through a nonprofit organization called Unite for Her.

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  1. Thanks for drawing our attention to this interesting subject so inspiring and deserving the utmost consideration.
    Awareness is the ability to observe and understand reality as it really is, beyond our mental patterns, prejudices and our points of view.
    We are aware when we can see things as they are, without letting any conditioning distort our vision.
    Awareness is like getting off the train on which we are traveling for a moment, taken by the thousand commitments and distractions of everyday life, to observe ourselves and our life from the outside. By momentarily stepping out of ourselves, we can have a more lucid and disenchanted gaze, just like an external observer would.
    Understanding yourself is the first step to change. In fact, understanding something does not mean simply being aware of it but also realizing the causes and profound motivations by coming into contact with the emotional implications that such awareness entails.