After trying and failing so many times to create the new, more positive habits you crave, is it any wonder that by now you’re probably sick of hearing about habits?!
But the truth is, most attempts at forming new habits fail simply because we try to bite off more than we can chew.
What if I told you that you CAN create the change you seek and succeed with small habits? Here are my top tips to help you get started….
𝟭. 𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁. Start with just one new habit and then go from there.
𝟮. 𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁. Not every habit is created equal, and some take longer to cement. But one thing is true; the longer you perform the same activity day after day, the more success you will have in creating it as a habit. Decide right now that you’re going to give this new habit at least 3 – 4 weeks to give it a proper start.
𝟯. 𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝗯𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘆 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀. If you have a successful habit already in place, ask yourself what small thing you can attach to it. For example, you might already be brushing your teeth every day. How hard would it be to add flossing to that routine?
𝟰. 𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗶𝘁 𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗹. Most habit formation fails because you’re trying to do too much too soon, so make a point to keep the changes very small. Mini-habits have a much higher rate of success than trying to create a great big change.
𝟱. 𝗛𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲. Knowing that things are going to go wrong from the start helps you to be ready when they do. Can’t jog today because it’s raining? That’s ok, you’ve got an entirely different workout in place as a Plan B.
𝟲. 𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁. A great way to keep on track, especially when building new habits, is to get a Coach. We keep you accountable, motivated and cheer you on. Not only that, we have the right tools to get you from where you to where you want to be much faster than you trying to do it solo.
𝟳. 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗯 𝗮 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱. You can use your existing network for support. Have an accountability partner or use social media to keep you honest.
𝟴. 𝗛𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗪𝗵𝘆. Having a strong why really helps to keep you going when you want to give up. Dig deep as far as you can go to really understand 𝘸𝘩𝘺 you want to make the change. If the reason is not compelling enough for you, it’s more likely you will give up when the going gets tough.
𝟵. 𝗥𝗲𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳. Celebrate every little milestone with a reward, something that makes sense and that will encourage you to keep going when you’re flagging.
𝟭𝟬. 𝗥𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳. Accept that this is the new you. You're changing things – hopefully for the better. Embrace the new!
Follow these steps & not only succeed when applying small habits to your life but over time you’ll see some amazing growth and development as a person.