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Making conscious choices and maintaining healthy habits

14 June 2022



We are all creatures of habits, yet forming new habits or breaking old ones seems hard to achieve. Behavioural scientists who study habit formation and research shows that many of us try to create healthy habits the wrong way such as making bold resolutions to start exercising, eating healthy or lose weight, without taking the steps needed to set ourselves up for success.


Whether you have a big audacious goal or simply want to maintain your wellbeing you can harness your energy through healthy habits, which is the fifth pillar in Korn Ferry’s personal energy and wellbeing framework.


As defined by Korn Ferry, a healthy habit is “the ability to retain, restore, and boost energy by managing activities and making healthy lifestyle choices.”


Whatever your goals are, you need a system in place to develop habits which are small decisions you make and actions you perform every day. I have read and re-read James Clear’s Atomic Habits and have applied to my personal and professional life.


All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision.
James Clear, Atomic Habits

There are some really good practical guides on his web site (link below) to help you:

  • Form Better Habits

  • Break Bad Habits

  • Make a Habit Stick

You can apply the Atomic Habits principles individually as well as to teams in forming healthy team habits and systems that help you succeed.


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