I hope you guys haven't broken any of your resolutions yet. If you haven't started yet, or you're having problems making your new habits stick. check out this new post!
Good habits are the backbone of success. How can you create positive, new habits easily? In many ways, this is a question for the ages. And here’s a great little answer.
1. Do set a goal.
Your goal will determine which habits you create. It sets the stage for everything that follows. Be specific. If your goal is related to saving money, then get clear. I want to save $5000 this year. Choose a number that works for you.
Weight loss, getting organized, learning to be at peace – all these goals can work.
I want to lose 30 pounds this year.
I want to live in a clean, organized office.
I want to feel calm throughout the day.
Good goals. And they all need daily habits to support them. So…
2. Determine which daily habits will take you there.
With your goal in mind, choose a habit that, if implemented successfully, will get you to your goal.
You may want to develop the habits of depositing money into savings, meditating, taking a daily walk, eating vegetables, and so forth. You can choose as many habits as you want, but it’s best to implement one or two new habits at a time, according my experience working with clients.
3. Trick your brain into cooperating.
This is the interesting part. You know, it’s easy to be motivated – initially – when starting a new goal. You’re all pumped up. A few days (or hours) later, all bets are off. Motivation tanks and you just don’t feel like hopping on that elliptical machine, right?
You’ve got to find a way to get yourself to be consistent. Here’s the solution: Make it super easy on yourself to get started.
The key is to bite off a tiny chunk of your habit and do that. For example, if your habit involves 30 minutes exercising on a treadmill, the tiny version might be simply standing on the treadmill of a few seconds. Just go stand on top of the thing and celebrate getting there!
Once you’re there, chances are you’ll take a few steps…and a few more. The biggest obstacle in the way of habit formation is getting started, each and every day. Make it easy on your brain to get going by committing to a small chunk, not a large one. Momentum tends to kick in once you get going.
4. Celebrate your tiny successes.
Yep, allow yourself to feel good just for getting started on a habit, each and every time you begin. Don’t wait until the end to pump your fist or pat yourself on the back. Celebrate the tiny success of doing anything positive. This will fuel your motivation and encourage consistency.
5. Scale up.
Achieving a big goal may require several new habits. Take them one at a time. Once one habit is solid, add another one, then another. You can build a nice group of habits fairly quickly this way.
Which of these tips do you find most helpful? Sound off in the comment section below!