How to Make New Habits Stick
Life will definitely be much better if you can run it on autopilot. Exercise, chores and eating healthy can be done automatically. However, this is not the case. New and good habits are hard to maintain and is always a struggle. Here are some ways to stick to new habits.
1. Consistency is important. If you want your new habit to stick, you need to make it a daily habit. Activities that you do once or twice a week are harder to make it a habit.
2. Start simple and do not target to change your life completely in one day. If you take on too much, you will feel demotivated only after a few days. If you want to lose weight, make it a habit to exercise for at least 20 minutes and just add time on a weekly basis.
3. Remind yourself daily so that you will not miss any day. After 2 weeks, your habit can be easily forgotten so you need to put a few postit here and there to remind you of it.
4. Forming a trigger can help you stick to your habit. If for example you want to quit smoking, your trigger can be by snapping your fingers every time you feel like you need to smoke.
5. Replace lost needs. If you are letting go of a habit, make sure that you replace it with something adequate. If you plan to quit smoking, you can join a sport team to take your mind of the bad habit.
6. Know your Limits. Acknowledge that you are human and imperfect. There may be times when your attempts are not successful. Try and try until you have achieved your goal.
7. Practice using the word "but". There are times when you doubt yourself. That is normal. You are human after all. If you want to stick to your habit, interrupt a bad thought, with the word "but" and add an affirmative belief about yourself.
8. Remove Temptation. It is best if you reconstruct your environment to avoid temptation. If you are trying to lose weight, remove preservatives, junk foods and sweets out of your house. You can also cancel your subscription; throw your cigarettes away so that there is no way for you to be tempted.
9. Spend time with role models. You can associate what you want to achieve with other people who have already reached their goal in terms of weight loss, quitting smoking, etc. If you spend time with them, chances are you will develop the habit that puts them in their current situation.
10. Experiment with it. Use the 1st month as an experimental stage. Note down the behavior and your results in different factors. It will help give different perspectives on how to change your current habit.
11. Write it. Write whatever you want to change. Start with a resolution in mind and write it down. Not the other way around. When you write your idea, it becomes clearer and you can map the end result.
12. Know the benefits. Note down the benefits of doing a specific change in your lifestyle. Take note of the benefits of exercise or quitting smoking. Take note of how your body changes after taking on a diet.
13. Note the Pain of not changing. Know the pain of not changing and eliminating the bad habit. It will give you the extra push that you need to change for the better.
14. Dedicate the deed to yourself. Do good and habits to help you improve and march on towards our goals. Concentrate on what motivates you. Empty resolutions are not enough to help you with the journey.