Wouldn’t it be great if everything in your life was completely automated? You would no longer have to remember to get up and go to work or do your daily chores. You would exercise regularly and eat the healthiest things. But unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way and you have to be involved in the process.
There is something that you can do to make your life a lot easier and a lot more rewarding though. That is to form some good habits so that you tend to do the most important things in your life automatically.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? Yes, it does but forming new good habits requires a lot of time, effort, and patience. If you don’t go about it the right way then your new habits will not stick. In this article, we will show you ways that you can make your new habits stick.
Start in a Simple way
A lot of people fall into the trap of trying to totally change their lives in a single day. It doesn’t work like that. When you are committed to forming new good habits in your life you will be very motivated at first but it is easy to lose your motivation if you are trying to make too many changes. Start off with small changes and then build from these.
Make a 90 Day Commitment
You will need to run a routine for at least 21 days to become comfortable with the change. To turn this into an automatic habit will require an average of 66 days. So we recommend that you make a 90 day commitment to your new habit. 90 days is not a long time in the scheme of things and it will pass quickly.
The Importance of Daily Routines
The best way to make a new habit stick is to be consistent with it. You want to create a new daily routine which includes your new habit. So if the new habit you want to form is regular exercise then participate in some form of exercise every day.
Don’t go crazy here. You do not want to join a gym and commit to completing a full workout each day. This is a disaster waiting to happen. Find a form of exercise that is beneficial that you can easily do at home. Gradually migrate to going to the gym a few times a week.
Create a Reminder System
It is important that you never lose sight of why you are forming a new habit. The stronger your reason for creating the new habit in your life the better. To create a reminder system that will always remind you of why you are putting in this additional effort and making sacrifices. Write down your reason for making the change and make this strong for example.
Remove things that will Tempt you back into bad ways
Forming a new habit is a tough thing to do and you will help yourself enormously if you remove temptations that could push you back into your bad habits. If you are changing your diet to a healthy eating plan then get rid of all those forbidden foods from your kitchen for example.
Making your new habits stick is not easy so give yourself all of the help that you need by following these tips. These are not difficult things to implement in your life and they will make the difference between success and failure.