Having habits in place that would hold up your aim is one of the major key in attaining a new aim. If your current habits are counter-productive, you’ll need to change them or run the risk of coming up short.
How do habits help you reach your goals?
Let’s just say you have the aim to run in a marathon but you don’t have the habit of running everyday, it’s probable that you won’t attain that objective of yours until you adopt the habit of running regularly. Running consistently will help you accomplish your goal in so many ways than one apart from keeping yourself fit and increase your resistance.
Developing supportive habits can be easier than you think and far more powerful than you can imagine!
Discover the Habits You Require
Before you create new, positive habits, you’ll want to figure out which habits will help you attain your goals. For every goal, there are habits that can practically guarantee success. Consider your aims and what specific actions you have to do to bring them out.
Reflect on these points for the habits you need to execute:
1. Look for daily habits. Habits you practice each day are much easier to put into place and keep than those that are less frequent.
2. Keep it simple. The more complex the task, the less likely you are to stick with it. If you really do need to implement a complex habit, start with a simpler version and then add more complexity later.
3. Be specific. It’s not enough to just specify what you’re going to do; include the how, when, and where as well. Time is always critical when creating a new habit. Be sure to specify a precise period of time in which you wish to implement the new actions.
- So “I’m going to exercise 1 hour per day” is inadequate. “I’m going to swim from 6-7 am, Monday through Friday at the YMCA” is more like it. This has enough detail to be quite clear about what you want to accomplish and includes the how, when and where.
Prepare for Interference
There are usually obstacles to creating new habits and behavioral pattern. Try to figure out these possibilities ahead of time so you can eliminate them as soon as possible.
For example, if you’ve decided that you’re going to eat a healthy breakfast every day, get rid of all the breakfast junk food in your pantry and freezer. That junk food is an obstacle to successfully implementing your habit.
The obstacle might be time interference. Maybe your partner doesn’t usually leave you alone for 30 minutes every night so you can meditate, write, read, or whatever it is you want to do towards your goal. Let your partner know earlier that you should not be interrupted during this time.
Look for More Supporting Habits
When you determine supporting habits that will help you reach your goal, consider going even deeper into the details to find habits that will help you accomplish your other new habits.
For example, if one of your new habits is to make it to the gym every morning by 6:00 am, you can develop several supporting habits to help you establish this habit, such as:
- By 5:15 am you should be out of bed.
- In order to get up at 5:15 am each day, you might need an additional habit of always being in bed by 10:00 pm.
- Packing your things for the gym the night before is another supporting habit.
These supporting habits are monumentally important. Take time to think about what additional habits you can develop to support your efforts.
Enjoy Automatic Success
When the actions become habitual, you automatically do it without deciding to do it each time. In other words, you’ll automatically move forward, day after day, toward achieving your goal until you reach it.
Just as counter-productive habits can keep you from success, supportive habits can practically guarantee your victory. Implement those habits that best hold up your goal each and everyday and you enjoy your new success!
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