Let’s talk about forming new habits. But first: What is the definition of a habit
A habit is a routine of behaviour that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. Habit formation is the process by which a behaviour, through regular repetition, becomes automatic or habitual.
I’m sure you will agree that there are so many areas in our lives that could be improved and made easier if we just created new habits. We all have times in our lives where we intentionally want to change our behaviour for the better and create new habits for ourselves.
This could be getting in the habit of eating healthier, getting up earlier and drinking more water. Or it could be moving more and taking the dog for a daily walk. Or it could be work-related, or spiritual, or…
We seem to acquire bad habits without any effort, but getting into a “good” habit can be a little more challenging. A good habit is a key to achieving health, success, financial stability, retirement and whatever you dream of achieving.
Getting into the habit of doing something is often easier said than done. Doing the work requires discipline.
Robin Sharma says: “It takes 66 days to install a new habit before it becomes automatic.” 66 days! Can you believe it?
Some people develop a new habit in 30 days or less, but the important point is, it’s no joke, it takes time and repetition to develop a new habit.
You need to have the can-do attitude to make a change.
If you are serious about creating that change for the better, then you are in the right place. I’m about to show you the 3 easy steps I follow to create change in my life.
Let’s break down these 3 steps to make it even easier to follow until we’ve internalized the new behaviour and made it a true habit – something we do automatically without having to think about, like brushing our teeth.
1. Decide What You Want To Do
The first step is to decide what you want that new habit to be. What do you want to change? Be as specific as possible.
We all have behaviours we want to improve. Think about that one thing that you want to change, remember to be specific. Don’t just tell yourself you want to exercise more, that’s too broad. Instead, say something like “I will go for a 30-minute walk every single day” or “I will get up at 5:00 am every morning”.
Deciding what your new habit will be and committing to when and how you’re going to do it, is half the battle.
2. Remind Yourself To Get It Done
You’re motivated and excited to get this done. Sticking to your new habit isn’t an issue. But a few days in you’ll notice that it’s easy to slip back into old habits. Do you know why? Because it’s easier to do what you have always done!
If you always do what you have always done, you’ll stay the same way.
Change is hard, it requires patience and persistence! Don’t give up! I know all the excuses, believe me, I’ve used these many times too. Maybe it’s raining and you don’t really want to go out and walk. Or maybe your day just gets too busy and you don’t feel like doing the new thing.
This is when it’s important to have a daily reminder. Set an alert on your phone or add the new habit to your daily to-do list for a while.
Remember WHY you want to create this new habit, focus on the end goal! Stop making excuses! Excuses prevent you from living the life you want. Just do it!
3. Make It Part Of Your Routine Until It Becomes A Habit
It takes some time before a new behaviour becomes a true habit. Until then, a routine will work to your best advantage.
Even before the new behaviour becomes automatic, a routine will help you get it done without having to spend a lot of willpower or relying on daily reminders. Make that daily walk part of your after-dinner routine, or change from grabbing a snack at the vending machine at work at 10:00 in the morning to packing a healthy snack. Do what it takes to create the change!
For me, getting up early in the morning is something I routinely do, it has become a habit. I’ve been waking up early for so many years, even when I want to sleep in, I can’t and instead of being annoyed I just embrace it. I love that!
Decide to create the new habit, practice the routine until it’s second nature and you’ll be well on your way to forming a new good habit.
It’s simple, it’s easy, it’s fun!
Say that to yourself out loud a few times and I’m sure you will get all pumped up to start creating new positive habits. LOL 🙂
What new habits would you like to create starting today?
Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!