It is challenging to build good habits, but it’s even harder to make them stick. It seems like every time we promise ourselves to do better, live better, and be better, we get hamstrung by the sheer enormity of the task in front of us.
How can you build good habits when you’re running-off-your-feet busy? We’ve got a few ideas!
Good Habits vs. Comfortable Habits
The trick to creating new habits and making them stick is that you first have to unlearn a lifetime of bad habits and decision-making strategies. It is by no means an easy process. But taking the time to lay the foundations for your new practices will make all the difference in the long run.
Bad habits can become comfortable. We are complacent about their roles in our lives. Perhaps we believe that a particular event could change our lives, or one big paycheck could make all the difference. Perhaps they could. But the thing is, these blessings don’t just fall into our laps. Good things come from hard work, determination, structure, and consistency.
Unproductive habits won’t help you achieve those things. Bad habits are inefficient, frustrating, and cause burnout, which means we may never reach the goals we are striving for. If your habits are not serving you effectively, then it is time for a change.
1. Identify a Need
The first step to making a positive change is identifying the areas that you want to work on. Take some time to think—really think—about what aspects of your life you want to change and how you’re going to change them. These thoughts need to come from within you, and they need to be realistic.
2. Dedicate Yourself
To stick with something, you have to really want it. But it also needs to be achievable. If you overreach at the start, you will burn out quickly. Outline the reasons why you want (and need) to make the change. Remind yourself regularly with affirmations and reflection. If it’s helpful, share your goals with someone who can hold you accountable.
3. Have a Plan
Every successful endeavor starts with a good plan. Perhaps that means writing out your goals and listing the steps that will help you get there. Maybe you work better with a partner. Do whatever is most effective for you. Seeing the path ahead of you is crucial to getting you where you want to be.
4. Easy Does It
Many good habits will not be easy to form, but one way to wedge your foot in the door is by starting with something simple and intuitive. Start slow and lean into it. There is plenty of time to build up momentum, but you need to have a solid foundation. Prioritize consistency over difficulty. You climb a mountain one step at a time, and it should be the same for habit-building.
Building habits is hard. That’s why it takes a lifetime to do it. But with determination, patience, a goal, and a reliable support system, change is possible. Good habits can, without a doubt, help you to live your best life.
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