HOW TO FORM A NEW HABIT (IN 8 EASY STEPS)


Tired of setting goals and not achieving them? The trick is to chip away at your goal in small, incremental steps. In other words, when you know how to form a new habit (related to your goal), then you can turn success into series of daily actions.


1) FOCUS ON ONE NEW HABIT

It's important to work on one habit at a time. That way,your store of willpower can be channeled into competing that one habit, increasing the odds of success.



2) COMMIT FOR A MINIMUM OF 30 DAYS

The length of times really varies from person to person and habit to habit. You'll find that some habits are easy to build while other require more effort.




3) ANCHOR YOUR NEW HABIT TO AN ESTABLISHED HABIT

"After I get to my car from work, I will change into my workout clothes and walk for 10 minutes."


4) TAKE BABY STEPS

Create a micro-commitment where it's impossibly to fail. Its more important to stay consistent and not miss a day than it is to hot a specific milestone. When you have a low level of commitment, you'll be more likely to get started.


5) MAKE A PLAN FOR OBSTACLES

Prepare and anticipate that obstacles will come. Then you wont be blindsided by them. Use "If-Then Planning" to take preventive action.


6) CREATE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR YOUR HABIT Track your efforts and make public declarations about your new habit. You're more likely to follow through with a commitment when you're being observed by others.


7) REWARD IMPORTANT MILESTONES

Focus on building a reward system into the process so you can take time to celebrate the successful completion of your goals. The reward you pick is up to you, but it's important to celebrate those big moments along the way.


8) BUILD A NEW IDENTITY

Its better to decide that the habit is simply part of your identity and then use each "small win" as a way to demonstrate that its who you are on the inside.


Apply these steps - and create new habits.

- Jasmine

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