You finally decide you want to start creating new habits to improve and empower your life. But how do you actually take action to make a new habits a part of your lifestyle, without giving up? My quick guide may be just the solution.
We are repeatedly what we do. Most of the time, we don’t even know we’re creating habits that will eventually create a negative impact on our life. If you’re ready to break the bad habit loops, my quick guide to creating new habits will definitely start your efforts on the best path.
Quick guide to creating new habits
The 5 steps below will show you how to:
- Confirm what you actually want to change.
- Identify the steps you need to succeed.
- Start with the easiest action
- Ensure your environment is serving you.
- Track your progress.
In no time at all you will be able to take control of the habit autopilot and start living mindfully towards the person you want to become.
Think of the bigger picture.
It’s all too easy to think small when thinking about changing a habit. Yes the habit change can be small, but what you actually want to change may be bigger than you allow yourself to feel.
For example, when I first started my weight loss journey all I could focus on was losing weight. What I actually wanted to change was the way I felt about myself. This goes far beyond weight.
Really take time to think about what you want to change and why. Write it down with a clear description of what your life will look like and how you will feel when you achieve it.
Without a plan, there is only a wish.
If you’ve really made the commitment to start a new habit, you need to research and write down all the steps possible to achieving it. And you don’t have to start from scratch. A quick search on Google will give you hundreds of examples of how other people have succeeded in what you want to achieve. All you have to do is make a list of the steps you think you can take.
Make it easy!
From the actions you have researched, decide which ones are the easiest to start. Sometimes you need to adopt a few habits in order to get to your goal. So breaking steps up into bitesize actions make it easier to adopt and stick with.
Clear away your distractions and cues.
Many of the things we do happen on autopilot. However, without even thinking about it, our environment promotes those negative habits. It can also promote the adoption of better habits. For example:
Want to create a reading habit: Put the book you want to read on your usual seating spot in the house. Place the TV remote control in a cupboard once you turn off the TV.
Want to lose weight: Move the biscuit tin from the kitchen counter and replace it with a fruit bowl.
Want to save money: Take out cash at the beginning of the week and leave your cards at home.
Before you take action on starting a new habit, you have to ensure you create an environment to succeed. If you live in a household with other people, let them know you are working on some changes, so that they can support you in your efforts.
Consistency is key!
Small actions done on a consistent manner are the foundations of habit formation. There is nothing better to ensure consistency than tracking your commitment.
Grab one of my trackers now and start your journey to creating a new habit.
Don’t feel bad if you miss a day – hey life gets in the way sometimes! But be mindful to get back on track as soon as possible. Just be as consistent as you can be. Remember you are doing it for you. Only you are able to make the changes you want to experience in your life.
What actions are you going to use my quick guide to creating new habits for?
Let me know in the comments below.