How to Develop Good Habits That Stick

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You must be intentional about creating good habits

Good Habits? I am sure you may have heard of that a million times.

You’ve watched a thousand motivational videos that talked to you about the importance of creating a new habit to foster your goal. Is it watching YouTube videos? You’re a master. You’ve perfected the art of looking like you’re acting towards your goal when you’re not.

The truth is, habits are important. When you create the right habit, it will look like everything in your life is running on autopilot- from getting work done, eating healthy foods, exercising daily, creating healthy long-lasting relationships, etc.

But how can these habits be created?

Here are 5 simple ways to develop good habits that stick

  1. Start small
  2. Do a 30-day challenge
  3. Get an accountability partner
  4. Use triggers
  5. Create a reward system.

Looks easy, right? Not until you start doing them. All points above will be elaborated on shortly, but first, why are good habits important? Why should you bother about them?

Let’s take a look

Why Good Habits are Important

Notice that I’m just not talking about habits here. I am talking about GOOD habits- habits that can yield positive results in your life or habits that can lead you steps closer to your goals.

Without the right habits, you’ll remain a wisher for the rest of your life. It’s like dreaming about a perfect life but never seeing it happen because there are no actions to back it up.

Most people believe that motivation would lead them to success. But that’s an awful lie. Motivation only works for a limited period. It only works after you’ve watched an inspirational movie or video, had a conversation with an influential person, or did something that reminded you of the person you want to be.

But motivation doesn’t last. What of the times you wake up and don’t feel like going to work or putting in the work? Does it mean that you’d only act based on impulse?

Success is built on the backs of those who CHOOSE to be consistent, whether they feel like doing it or not. Consistency yields results, and motivation can’t beget that. Good habits help you to be intentional with your life.

Without further ado, let’s look at ways to create good habits that will bring about the change in your life that you desire.

Ready?

Let’s do this!

How to create good habits

1.    Start small

No, you can’t create that ripped and perfect body in one week, you can’t develop a healthy eating habit in two days, and you won’t achieve your personal goals in a day. You have to start small and stay consistent.

This is what a lot of people miss. It’s easy to get very motivated after watching something and try to take on a lot of things at once. But you won’t sustain the momentum that way. If you want to do something, try doing it in bits.

For instance, if you’re supposed to read for three hours a day, start by reading for 30 minutes. You may begin to build momentum that can last you more than 30 minutes.

2.    Do a 30-day challenge

This is also part of starting small and staying consistent. The best way to push yourself especially if you have a deadline is to start a 30-day challenge. How do you go about this?

  • Choose a goal to achieve
  • Choose a strategic time to accomplish this every day
  • Perform the activity in bits

3.    Get an accountability partner

This is one thing a lot of people miss. No man creates an island by himself. You are a function of people you interact with. If you want to develop great habits that stick, you must get an accountability partner to help you reach your goals faster.

What are the things to look out for in an accountability partner?

First, the person has to be responsible or have high repute. It has to be someone that isn’t dealing with what you’re trying to solve in your own life. If you’re battling with drug addiction, you can’t choose someone that’s battling with the same thing, except there is an agreement to solve the problem together.

Get an accountability partner to keep you on track for your goals. If possible, there should be monetary consequences on days you miss out on activities. This will help to keep you in check.

4.    Use triggers

This is a very helpful tip especially if you forget things easily. Our brains work with triggers. Emotions spring up from triggers. You can be happy in one minute, see something that reminds you of a bad event, and your mood changes immediately.

If you want to develop habits that last, you need to use triggers. Keep something close to you that reminds you of what you’re supposed to do that day. For instance, if you want to develop a healthy habit of eating fruits every morning, you should keep a bowl of fruits on your dining table or a place it can be easily accessed.

If you want to go to the gym more often, keep your shoes and training equipment close to your bed every night, so that they will be the first thing you see every morning.

The opposite can be done for our distractions. If you don’t want to take sugary items, keep them far from reach. Most importantly, keep your phone away from you until you’ve done the most important tasks of the day!

5.    Create a reward system

If you work so much and play so little, you will become a dull person because your brain is fatigued. You have to create a reward system so that you can look forward to staying consistent on your habits every day.

It can be as simple as taking yourself out to dinner, watching Netflix, or calling your loved ones and gist paddies.

FAQs

1.    What are habit formation activities?

They are as the name implies- activities that have the capacity to form habits in the long-run. For instance, brushing your teeth, parallel parking, gambling, exercising, eating healthily, etc. They follow the same neurological and behavioral trail.

2.    What are 5 good habits?

  • Eating healthy foods
  • Exercising daily
  • Finishing planned work
  • Brushing twice a day and flossing regularly
  • Practice gratitude

3.    How to eliminate a toxic habit

  • Identifying the toxic habit
  • Knowing what triggers the toxic habit
  • Making small but consistent changes
  • Rewarding yourself for each progress stage

Conclusion

So, there we have it, ladies and gentlemen.

Creating good habits, especially at a young age, can help you achieve your goals faster and make you the best version of yourself. Keep at it and soon you’ll begin to notice incremental changes.

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