Maintaining good habits takes more effort than we imagine because, unlike bad habits, good ones require a lot of hard work and dedication.
Having more good habits can help to achieve better overall health or accomplish a larger goal. Some things that you can do to form a new habit include identifying your motivation, creating a cue, and tracking your progress.
Try these useful tips to help you develop good habits
Make The Decision
The first thing you need to develop good habits is to actually start making a change. Of course this is easier said than done. How many times have we postponed an exercise session and said to ourselves, “Yes, I should exercise more and eat better but not to worry, I’ll get to it later?”. Most people fail because they keep putting it off.
Unfortunately, always procrastinating makes it harder to change a bad habit. The longer you put off taking action, especially where health is concerned, the unhealthier you, or the situation, will get. A commitment is necessary because that’s what it takes to get you to take action.
Most people want to go into to it too quickly and expect a big change to happen over night.
I have noticed gym goers wanting to go from zero to four gym sessions every week and switch to a healthy diet overnight. It is a gradual process and eventually you will adjust to the new habit.
You might find it easier to start by eliminating one category at a time.
Reward your self for achieving your goals through your good habit change. Each time you reward yourself for making progress, no matter how small, you activate the reward circuitry in your brain.
That releases some key chemicals which make you experience feelings of achievement and pride. These emotions, in turn, empower you to take action and create bigger successes in the future.
So, reward yourself for each step in the right direction, no matter how small they happen to be.
Change Your Environment
You can increase your chances of achieving your goals by making changes to your environment. Try to think of ways that you can alter your environment so that you will find it easier to perform your new habit.
For example, if you want to form the habit of going to the gym every morning before work, you can set yourself up for success by laying out your gym clothes the night before and putting your gym bag by the door. That way it will be much easier to make that good transition.
Failing Leads to Winning
Failure might seem like a strange habit to include on the road to success, but the truth is failure is inevitable. You’re going to make mistakes in life, you’re going to fail at some things. You might even fail at forming some of these good habits.
However, you must make a habit of embracing every failure, obstacle and mistake as a learning opportunity. If you learn from every failure, think of how much you will be able to up-skill without even taking up that new course?
Choosing to embrace failure and see it as a positive thing is one of the most difficult good habits to form, but it is one of the most important ones to becoming successful.
Make A Plan
Planning plays a big part in your good habit-forming endeavors because it forces you to think about the why. Planning will help you figure out what goals are worth pursuing in a process called visualization.
If you don’t have a good reason for a goal, you just lose steam.
There is always room for growth and personal development. Becoming successful and reaching new goals means moving forward, which means you should always be learning.
You should always challenge yourself, and even if you choose something that isn’t directly related to being successful in work, you will find that challenging yourself with something outside of your comfort zone in any aspect of your life will make you a more successful person.
Developing good habits for life is not an easy task, and it will take time and commitment to pull it off.