Everyone talks about making a habit out of something you want to change in your life – like going to the gym, drinking a glass of water before every meal, reading a book instead of watching TV and so on.
But it’s easy to say to someone that they should create habits if they want something to last, it’s entirely different to actually create a habit that lasts.
In this video I give you 6 practical tips that you can follow from today that will help you in making a change and creating those all important habits in your life.
And of course, if you don’t want to watch the video, here’s a quick run through of the 6 tips.
What you say to yourself and others about your new habits actually matters – do you speak with conviction or do you still doubt yourself? Here’s an example many people can relate to: “I’m on this really boring diet because I want to lose weight” or “this is how I eat now”. What does your language tell you?
2. Break it down
Overhauling your entire diet so you can lose weight is not a small feat so expecting to change it all overnight by introducing it as a simple habit of choosing healthy options is not realistic. Break your habit down into several small habits – like meal prepping once or twice a week. Or even making a habit of not going down the junk food and sweets aisles in your supermarket.
3. Make it difficult to be bad
You know yourself better than anyone else and as such you also know when and how you tend to sabotage yourself the most – make it difficult to do so! Recognise when these moments tend to happen and then prepare yourself for it – for instance, if you tend to snack in your car, prepare by always making sure you have healthier options available in the glove department before you go for a ride.
4. Take intentional action
Motivation isn’t always readily available when needed so when you need to actually get out of bed in the morning to go to the gym and you feel tempted to press the snooze button, DON’T! Instead, do yourself a favour and take intentional action – like getting out of bed and getting dressed. You’re far more likely to see your actions through if you start by simply taking one deliberate action towards it.
5. Make it attractive or enjoyable
There’s no point fighting to make a habit stick if you really don’t like it in the first place. If a 6am workout really isn’t enjoyable for you however you spin and turn it, then you’ll have a much harder time making it into a habit. Choose habits that sound like you could do and enjoy them for years to come.
6. Focus on the good reward
All actions have an outcome and they can basically be broken down into a rewarding or punishing feeling. Make sure the habits you’re trying to instill in your life bring out a sense of reward and good feeling after completion. There’s no point doing something again and again if every time you do it, it feels like you’re punishing yourself. An easy solution for immediate gratification and satisfaction is social media. Snap and share your little successes and let your friends shower you in likes and admiration.
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