We have all been in a situation where we want to adopt a new habit whether it be waking up early, doing exercise, going to a gym, dieting or another thing. We do start it but end up not sticking to that habit after a couple of days. Some of us don’t even start. So, here are some tips that you can apply to successfully adopt a new habit and stick to it.
Commit to 30 days:
For a habit to form completely, it usually takes three to four weeks’ time. After that, it becomes an automatic habit. If you can make it through this initial phase where you are tempted to leave the habit, it becomes a lot easier to stick to it afterward. So, commit to following the habit you want to adopt every day for a month and see the result for yourself.
When we set out to form a new habit, we tend to get too ambitious. And when we can’t achieve it, we feel frustrated and give up. So, it is better to set small and achievable goals which are a little easier to achieve and keep raising your goal higher constantly. For example, if you want to lose weight, you can first start by decreasing the portion of food you consume a day and then start a diet.
Focus on one habit at a time:
Most of us get motivated and rush to change everything in our life. So, they try to change most of their habit at once. This is not a good way to start a change. Try to focus on changing only one habit at a time. Trying to change more habits at once is too much for anyone to achieve. So, try to focus on one habit until it becomes routine and then add another one gradually.
Find/ form a trigger:
If you want to start doing something then find a trigger then motives you to do such things. If you don’t have any trigger, try to form it. For example, if you want to start exercising by seeing some bloggers talk about their journey to a healthier lifestyle. Then try to stay motivated by looking at those kinds of stories while you are on your way to adopting those habits.
You can also try to tie your old habits as a trigger for your new ones or do new and old habits side by side. For example, if you want to do exercise, you can take a long road to reach your school, collage or office. Or if you have a habit of listening to songs or watching videos, then you can form a new habit of doing exercise by listening to those songs and watching videos.
Break down your habits or time you need to form a habit and after the complication of each break reward yourself with something you like. It will work as a motivational factor. For example, after exercising for a month continuously, buy yourself a dress or bag or shoes that you want. But make sure that you don’t do your old bad habits as a reward. For example, don’t treat yourself you a big meal if your new habit is to eat less.