Updated: Aug 3, 2018
By adding the good into your life, it naturally pushes out the not so good.
This usually applies to everything from adding in healthy food, to positive thoughts, to spending time with people you enjoy being with.
Let me explain. What tends to happen for a lot of people who want to lose weight is, they go on a diet. But diets are short term. They come to an end. They might show results for a little while, but eventually the diet is over and you go back to your old habits. But when you gradually add in healthy habits over time, they stick and you get results. But the best part is, once you start implementing healthy habits, little by little, you 'crowd out' or stop eating as unhealthily as you did before and make more effort to exercise.
“How would your life look if each day you added in a new healthy habit? Would it help you push aside the not so healthy habits?.
Ideas for Crowding Out
Want to exercise more? Start with a 10 min quick walk around the block. Once you get used to that, you will naturally want to go for a longer walk or add in some other forms of exercise. Adding in exercise always works for me to eat better food also.
Crowding out doesn't just apply to health. It can apply in almost every area of your life.
Wish you had more time to read? Read a book instead of scrolling through Social Media for 10 mins each night. Once I realised how much time I was wasting on my phone, I made an effort to spend less time doing so. By picking up a book instead of grabbing my phone when I felt the urge (purely out of bordeom mind you), I have managed to read a book a week.
Or perhaps you could turn the TV off a little earlier at night and jump into bed to get some quiet time just for you to lay and read.
Once you build this habit and really start to enjoy reading, you'll gradually want to spend less time on your device and more time reading. Essentially you've just crowded out a habit that was taking time away from you doing something you didn't think you had time for.
What are you craving to spend your time on? What do you need to remove from your life?
How could crowding out help you achieve this?