Habit-building is easy – if you know how to build good habits and replace old ones effectively. In this article, I tell you my proven way to create powerful and sustainable habits that stick.
It’s not an easy way, but it is a way that works.
Build Habits = turning unwanted behaviour into a wanted behaviour
Building habits is to turn unwanted behaviour into the desired behaviour by implementing a routine. Most of human behaviour is grounded on habits or can be reduced to habits. So, it’s always a good idea to have wanted and good habits rather than unwanted ones. If you have better habits, you can grow much easier, and your personal development increases. Therefore, repetition and consistency are essential.
Repetition builds habits
Repetition and consistency is the key for building good habits. An old rule says that you have to exercise the new behaviour more often than the old one to make it sustainable. This rule is partly true. Partly because science found out, it takes between 21 and 38 days to create new behaviour. So it isn’t as hard to build good habits as it seems at first glance. The most important condition is that you repeat and exercise the desired behaviour consistently.
You can track your new habit routine in a journal so you can review and celebrate your progress.
Another essential thing to consider is motivation, which helps you go for your goal during the hard times.
Intentions and goals are fundamental to manifest your new start. If you have specific goals, you are more likely to reach them, and you set yourself up for success. This strategy empowers your journey towards a new start. Read more about setting powerful goals here.
Motivation is the most important thing when starting something new because, with strong motivation, you keep the focus on your goals even if the path towards them isn’t always easy.
As always, the right mindset is a significant factor for reaching the goal of building good habits.
New habits can be scary because you practised your beloved old habits for a long time and hard to give up. For every new or unfamiliar situation, you need a good portion of confidence. Confident behaviour is a personal skill you can learn, and you should practise it regularly to make it part of you.
Have the goal in mind
During the process of habit building, it is critical to have your goal in mind. For example, if you want to quit smoking, imagine yourself as a non-smoker who can breathe easily and stays healthy for much longer. Imagination helps you reach your goal and to overcome the hard times of habit building.
Those hard times will occur, and you want to be prepared. You can give yourself small rewards to increase your motivation (in my case, chocolate always works) or whatever you like best.
With the goal in mind, you are more likely to stay on track and create your habit sustainably than giving up early. During hard times it is essential to remind yourself why you want to make your new good habit. After getting back to the goal, you want to increase your skills and exercise even if you don’t feel like it. It is similar to going to the gym. Habits are similar to muscles – they want to be trained regularly.
Read more on motivation here.
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For more information on personal growth, check out this great community by my mentor Brendon Burchard (affiliate link).