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Developing Good Habits And Making Them Stick

Most people want to make changes in their life to improve it. Forming new good habits is the most effective way to do this. For example, if you are disorganized then you know that forming a new organization habit will make your life better . You will be able to find everything that you need to accomplish a task and this will reduce your stress.

The problem is that forming a new empowering habit is not an easy thing to do and it is the reason that most people do not do it. Most people have attempted to form new habits that are good for them but end up giving up with them because they lose their motivation for some reason. This frustrates them so they never try again.

So in this article, we will show you how to form good habits and make them stick.

1. Start in a small way

The reason why a lot of people fail to introduce good habits into their lives is because, they want to accomplish too much too quickly. It takes a lot of willpower to do something like this and most people simply do not have what it takes.

The better approach is to start with a small change in your life and build from this. Identify the new habits that you want to form and focus on one first. If you try and form more than one good habit at a time you will dilute your willpower very quickly and end up achieving nothing.

Making small changes will help you become accustomed to forming new habits and it will make the process a lot easier for you. So, you need to be patient when you are forming new good habits.

If you try and form more than one good habit at a time you will dilute your willpower very quickly and end up achieving nothing.

2. Be Committed

Forming new habits is going to take a lot of time, effort and perseverance so you need to be committed to making the change in your life. Without a high level of passion and commitment, you are very likely to fail. Come up with a compelling reason why you need to form the new habit.

Use the law of inertia to your advantage here. Once you start to make the change and follow through every day you will build up great momentum and want to continue down this path. If you start a diet and you start to notice some good results in the mirror and on the scales then you will be motivated to continue.

3. Celebrate small gains

How often do you celebrate when you have achieved something? Most people are very good at beating themselves up if they fail at something but find it more difficult to be proud of themselves when they have achieved something new.

When you are in the process of forming a new habit then be sure to celebrate the small gains that you make often. A celebration can be as simple as telling someone else about what you have done or getting out of your chair and punching the air. Just keep celebrating to keep your motivation levels high.

A celebration can be as simple as telling someone else about what you have done or getting out of your chair and punching the air.

4. Get the right support

Get your spouse and your family and friends on board with your new habit. Having the support of those closest to you is incredibly uplifting. It is also good because you become accountable to them so you will be less likely to deviate from your new habit.

5. Form Good Habits With These 3 Important Things

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? A lot of people do this as a way to create new good habits that will transform their lives for the better. These resolutions are usually based on hope and are often made in a drunken haze. What are the chances of people following through with these resolutions?

The reality is that most people give up on their New Year’s resolution a few days after they make them. There is no foundation behind the resolutions and they quickly become abandoned and people live their lives as they always did.

In this article, we will discuss three important things that will provide a solid foundation that you need to form good habits and keep them going. If you really want to form new empowering habits that will last then you need to take these seriously

6. Is your Life in Order?

Willpower alone is never enough to form a good habit and make it stick. You know that exercising regularly is the right thing for you to do and you join the gym like so many others do and then stop following through because it is tougher than you thought or something else gets in the way.

Psychological experts state that the best time to form a new good habit is when your life is under control. It takes at least 21 days to become accustomed to a new habit and then around 66 days on average for your new routine to truly become a habit.

This means that you need to pay close attention to your new habit. If your life is chaotic then this will be very challenging for you. So if a lot of other things in your life steal your time or stress you out then fix these prior to attempting to form a new habit.

7. Go for one new habit at a time

It is not going to be easy to form a new habit. You are going to need a lot of persistence and be committed to change. If you try to form more than one new habit then this is going to be almost impossible for you to do as you will not be able to divide your time, effort and attention effectively enough to make them both stick.

You need to be patient here. Identify the most important new habit that you want to form and then prioritize any others after this. Even if you can devote all of your time to forming more than one habit it is very likely to fail. So just form one new habit at a time.

8. Make gradual changes

When you first make the decision to form a new habit it is understandable that you are going to be excited and get into it straight away. You have decided that you will exercise more and that this is going to part of you new daily routine. But is this really a practical thing for you?

If you have never exercised regularly before, or it has been a long time, it is going to be incredibly difficult to start doing this every day. It is better to start with gentle exercise three times a week and gradually build this up. Over time you can exercise more often as you are used to doing this.

9. Make New Habits Stick With These Top Tips

Wouldn’t it be great if everything in your life was completely automated? You would no longer have to remember to get up and go to work or do your daily chores. You would exercise regularly and eat the healthiest things. But unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way and you have to be involved in the process.

There is something that you can do to make your life a lot easier and a lot more rewarding though. That is to form some good habits so that you tend to do the most important things in your life automatically.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Yes, it does but forming new good habits requires a lot of time, effort and patience. If you don’t go about it the right way then your new habits will not stick. In this article, we will show you ways that you can make your new habits stick.

10. Start in a Simple way

A lot of people fall into the trap of trying to totally change their lives in a single day. It doesn’t work like that. When you are committed to forming new good habits in your life you will be very motivated at first but it is easy to lose your motivation if you are trying to make too many changes. Start off with small changes and then build from these.

11. Make a 90 Day Commitment

You will need to run a routine for at least 21 days to become comfortable with the change. To turn this into an automatic habit will require an average of 66 days. So we recommend that you make a 90 day commitment to your new habit. 90 days is not a long time in the scheme of things and it will pass quickly.

12. The Importance of Daily Routines

The best way to make a new habit stick is to be consistent with it. You want to create a new daily routine which includes your new habit. So if the new habit you want to form is regular exercise then participate in some form of exercise every day.

Don’t go crazy here. You do not want to join a gym and commit to completing a full workout each day. This is a disaster waiting to happen. Find a form of exercise that is beneficial that you can easily do at home. Gradually migrate to going to the gym a few times a week.

13. Create a Reminder System

It is important that you never lose sight of why you are forming a new habit. The stronger your reason for creating the new habit in your life the better. So create a reminder system that will always remind you of why you are putting in this additional effort and making sacrifices. Write down your reason for making the change and make this strong for example.

14. Remove things that will tempt you back into bad ways

Forming a new habit is a tough thing to do and you will help yourself enormously if you remove temptations that could push you back into your bad habits. If you are changing your diet to a healthy eating plan then get rid of all those forbidden foods from your kitchen for example.

Making your new habits stick is not easy so give yourself all of the help that you need by following these tips. These are not difficult things to implement in your life and they will make the difference between success and failure.

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