I’ve been asked a lot recently about creating habits and how to stick to them day after day. Conventional wisdom tells us it takes 21 days to form the new neurons in our brain that sparks a new habit, so following this theory I want to help you get a head start on some habits you may have been trying to implement but just not sticking with.
CREATING HABITS 101:
Firstly, you need to realize that what you’re trying to do is out of your usual routine so your bodies natural instinct is not to do it. To counteract this you need to give yourself a big enough reason why you want to calve the new habit into your life. Is it for health reasons? Is it to replace and old nasty habit? Or is it just something you want to do? The more meaning you give this new habit, the more likely you are to accomplish it.
Depending on the type of habit, it may mean you have to sacrifice something else in order to achieve it. For example, if you want to meditate 10 minutes every night that may mean less time in front of the idiot box, I mean T.V. Or your habit might be to drink more water, which may mean drinking less soft drink or alcohol since you wouldn’t be as thirsty otherwise.
A DIFFERENT VIEW ON CREATING HABITS
Are there any current habits that are going to sabotage your newly formed ones? If so, you should look into what causes you to do those habits in the first place. Is there a trigger event, is it out of boredom or something else? Once you can isolate why you do it, you’re more likely going to be able to stop doing it and make way for the new ones.
Little sacrifices can lead to massive results, you just have to be willing to go for it.
This newly created habit of yours has to become a priority. The amount of excuses I’ve heard over the years for various things not being done by my clients all comes down to what they were prioritizing.
How can you make it a priority? Plan out your time if you need to. At the start of the week, write out a timetable of how you’re spending your day and see where your time is being used wisely and where it’s being used poorly. I guarantee you’ll find time for your new habit.
So get to it, fill it out over a few days and see what you come up with,