“New behaviours don’t become habitual for a long time – it takes ages. Studies have told us that new habits don’t replace old habits, they just create another layer – like an onion,” she says.
“When we go into times of stress, all those great habits just go to crap, and we go back to our old habits.”
In order to avoid the trappings of ‘failure’, it’s important not to banish shame from the equation. Being compassionate towards your personality traits is key to moving forward and developing new ones. Rachel likes to think of this as taking care of your mojo.
“Think about your mojo as a series of sprints,” she says. “Short sprints and breaks – being healthy all the time and doing our job all the time; it’s just not possible.”
Breaks are just as important as the sprints, she says. Take time when you need to (or when you can) to re-boot, and think of that downtime as the fuel you need to ace 2018.
“And that can be complete slob time,” she laughs.
“There are two forms of rest: one is active rest (reading and walking and doing things that give you mojo) and one is passive rest (that’s Netflix and a packet of Tim Tams). Both are good for you, but you need both.”
A series of sprints with biscuits and Netflix at the finish line? Non, je ne regrette rien.