7 Step Guide to Building Good Habits
How often do you hear yourself saying the following sentences?
I will hit the gym tomorrow
I will start eating healthy from next week
I will organize my closet soon
We, humans, feel comfortable doing things we do everyday. Any task that requires us to step out of our comfort zone, becomes annoying and burdensome.
It is perfectly alright to procrastinate once in a while, however, if you want to make some serious changes in your life, you have got to step up your game!
To help you make positive changes in your life, we are sharing a 7 step guide to building good habits:
Identify the problem
Charles Duhigg in his book The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business suggests identifying the habit of a particular behavior, so you can look for ways to swap old habits with new ones.
For example, you want to hit the gym, however, for some reason, you are not able to get out of your home. Take a moment to ask yourself questions, such as: Why am I so hesitant to get out for some exercise? Is it because I feel tired? Getting into the car and driving to the gym seems like a lot of work? I won’t lose weight, so why bother?
Once you ask yourself these questions, pinpoint the exact reason to identify the problem. After having identified the issue at hand, you can then change the behavior.
Take steps to fix the problem
Once you have identified the issue, it is now time to fix it. So you have figured out that you feel tired everyday and don’t have the energy to go to the gym. How can you fix this? Get your blood test done to see if there are any underlying conditions like low vitamin D levels. Do your everyday tasks involve a lot of sitting? Did you know that excessive sitting can tire a person out? Make sure you are moving around the house every few hours, so your body doesn’t get used to stangnancy. Once you make these changes, you will be able to fix the problem at hand.
William James said: “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” Now that you have identified and fixed the issue, it's time to take action! However, start small, and then spread out gradually.
You now have better energy levels, so you can start breaking some sweat at the gym. Start working out one day a week, and gradually increase the days to at least thrice a week.
Your first week at the gym will be a struggle, but only through this struggle will you shine! Kudos to you! It is important that in this journey you stay persistent. You have successfully developed a good habit, the only job left is to stay consistent and keep going. Every good change takes time, so stay the course!
You want a great body, lose that extra fat, build that stamina, --whatever it is that you want, think about the long term results. Yes you will have bad days, and good days and yes it's hard right now, but it will get better, that’s for sure. Keep your eyes on the prize!
You have been doing great! It has not been easy, and you have shown nothing but strength so far, hence, you deserve a break. Go get yourself a slice of that pepperoni pizza! Dig into your favorite molten lava cake! Or just buy yourself a nice yellow dress! Remember to celebrate big and small wins.
It takes a ton of hard work to build a new habit and break a bad one. Look around for people who are going through self-doubt, and lack of motivation. Take a moment to encourage them. Share your extraordinary journey so they know that change is possible. Helping others will give you a sense of fulfillment, and also keep you motivated in your personal journey.
We hope that these 7 steps will benefit you in getting to the next step towards self improvement. Remember that change comes from within. You and only you can motivate yourself to achieve your goals.
Seek inspiration from others, however, the ‘action’ itself will solely depend on you. It is also important to stay positive in the process. It takes time to change old habits. As the legendary Mark Twain said, “A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.”
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