Earlier this year, our Community Engagement Team dove headfirst into our Catalyst™ program to tackle an exercise on building a habit. Catalyst™ is a one-day experience focused on learning to develop your own authentic path, connect to groups and causes you care about, and commit to a plan to be a catalyst for yourself and the groups you’re part of. The trio of KBH (Vice President), Krista (intern), and Colby (intern) selected a habit to add to their routine for 30 days in April. Find out how they did with Trying Something for 30 Days:
Which habit did you select to Try Something For 30 Days?
KBH: Spend 5 minutes mentally reliving a happy moment, including as much detail as I can remember.
Krista: Take 30 minutes every day working toward finding your life passion.
Colby: When you feel stressed during the day, make yourself stop for 5 minutes to identify the source of stress
What was it like to develop your habit over 30 days? Could you give an example of one activity or exercise that you did because of your habit?
KBH: This habit brought a bit of cheer to my days. It was helpful on days that felt heavy because I had something to remind me that life is both heaviness and lightness.
Krista: This habit helped me figure out where my true passions lie. I would brainstorm on what truly made me happy, and find different ways to create a career out of that.
Colby: One activity I did for this habit was to work backwards from the stressor that I was currently experiencing or experienced in the past. I started with questions with simple questions of “What emotion were you feeling when (insert experience here)?” and progressed towards answering the question of “Why?” and “What did I learn from the experience?” It was a treat to take a step back once the 30 days was complete and see how the actions I took towards the habit evolved.
How did you motivate yourself to continue your habit each day? How did you hold yourself accountable?
KBH: I went old-school with my accountability strategy – a post-it note on my computer monitor! The feelings from reflecting on a memory that brought me joy was a motivating factor for me. I found it to be uplifting to recall happy and positive times from my life.
Krista: I used my impending graduation as motivation to continue working toward my habit of finding my passion. I set aside time each week to focus on what I love to do and since I would be needing to get a job after graduation, I used that to hold myself accountable on this habit.
Colby: I’ll be candid, developing this habit over 30 days was brutal at first. I kept forgetting to do it, but once I started, thoughts kept pouring out and words seamlessly appeared on the page. I wrote post-it notes of the emotion I was feeling while doing the habit and looked at them when I needed a boost of motivation.
In the Catalyst program, we ask participants to consider what they want their future leadership story to say about them, while understanding how the habits we create can help us author that story. Could you talk about how your habit specifically help to realize the intentions and achievements in your leadership story?
KBH: I want to be someone others see as being able to move through life, even the challenging bits, with a sense of hope. One way I harness a feeling of hope is by recalling the times in life that were happy and meaningful. By creating a habit that centered around these memories, I think they will be easier to recall in times of struggle.
Krista: I feel like knowing where my true passions are will help me be the best leader I can. If I am able to use my talents to my full potential, then I will better lead others on their journey to finding their passion.
Colby: In hindsight, this habit helped me to look at previous experiences with a new lens, one that helped me to better understand myself. I will also add that this habit helped me to connect the dots of the puzzle that is my leadership story – the entire puzzle has yet to be finished (it’s a continual work in progress)!