How To Develop A New Habit
Building new habits can feel impossible to navigate. It is a common belief that a new habit takes 21 days to develop, while this is somewhat true, it really does depend on what the habit is you are wanting to change. Building a new habit can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 or more months. Some things can be very ingrained in your natural routine you may have had for decades.
In this article I am going to give you 8 steps to take to get the ball rolling for your habits, this is the same process I take each client through for any new habit they are wanting to create.
Step 1) Get super clear. You need to know exactly what it is you want to do, the more clear it is in your mind, the easy it is to create. Break it down into clear, simple terms of what it is you want.
Step 2) Know your why. You need to know at least q10 reasons deep as to why you want that new habit. Keep digging into each reason to eventually find the real reason. This creates a strong reason for you to stick to it.
Step 3) Make a commitment. You need to commit to this new habit 100% for at least the next 30 days. A nice trackable number for you to follow.
Step 4) Make yourself accountable. Get someone else involved or find someone to support you with your habit change.
Step 5) Associate the new habit with an old habit. When you connect it to an already established habit it makes it easier for you to continuously do it. For example, as soon as you have complete a habit you already have daily, you will then do your new habit.
Step 6) Plan for obstacles. This one is important, setbacks are very common and having a plan to get around them makes a big difference. What can you see getting in the way of you accomplishing your new habit? What strategies can you put in place to overcome those obstacles?
Step 7) Master the mindset. Picture the person you are wanting to become by creating this new habit. Learn to step into that role before you have even mastered the habit. Create a whole persona for the person you aspire to be. That way when you get stuck you ask yourself. What would my future self who already has this consistent habit do in this moment?
Step 8) Reward yourself. Make the rewards in alignment with the lifestyle you are trying to create with your new habit.
It is always important to start slow and build one habit at a time. Once the habit feels like it is consistent and requires little thought, add in another new habit.