Let’s talk about forming new habits.
There will be moments in life when we desire to improve our behavior and create new habits for ourselves.
Be it to lead a healthier lifestyle or to become more discipline, forming a habit is often easier said than done. We seem to form bad habits without any effort, but acquiring good ones can be a little more challenging.
Here are 3 steps you can take to build up a habit in a systematic way:
1. Decide what you want to do
The first step is to decide what habit you want to form. Be as specific as possible. Don’t just tell yourself you want to exercise more. Instead, be objective and tell yourself to do a 30-minute walk every day. Deciding what your new habit will be and committing to when and how you’re going to do it is half the battle won.
2. Remind yourself to get it done
The next few days should be easy. That is because you're motivated and excited about your new cause. Starting a new habit is not the issue — the issue is in being consistent.
Inconveniences like a little rain may break your momentum. You may feel lazy on some days and your efforts will go down the drain from there. That is why it is important to have a daily reminder. What you can do is set an alert on your phone or add the new habit to your daily to-do list.
3. Make it part of your routine until it becomes second nature
This is the final step. It takes some time before a new behavior becomes a true habit. Until then, a routine will work to your best advantage.
Before your resolution becomes a habit, a routine is the best way to keep you going.
That is it! Decide what you want to do, stop thinking so much and start implementing the steps. Before you know it, you are on your way to cultivate a new habit successfully.