How Daily Habits Form Your Life
What kind of habits are you cultivating?
Habits are just that, habits. Good habits can be formed. Bad habits can be broken.
So again, what kind of habits are you cultivating?
Are you cultivating healthy eating habits, or bad eating habits? Are you cultivating getting enough exercise or are you cultivating a couch potato lifestyle? Are you cultivating a good work ethic, or are you cultivating laziness?
Everything in life is cumulative. What you do on a daily basis will accumulate into a lifetime of habits. You can break those habits. The choices you make from hour to hour, day to day effect your weeks, your months, your years, your decades.
The good news is, no matter what your age, you can change your bad habits into good habits. You see, it’s all really a matter of choice. Are you going to choose to sit on your backside watching another Netflix show, or are you going to choose to take a walk? Are you going to choose to eat a burger and fries from 5 Guys, or are you going to choose to make a salad at home? Are you going to choose to make those phone calls for your business, or are you going to scroll through Facebook and Instagram?
We make choices all day long and many of those choices are simply habitual. You can make better choices. You can cultivate better habits and get rid of the bad ones.
Here’s a few tips on setting up better habits for yourself:
1. Commit to your new habit for 30 days – I’ve heard 21 days is the time it takes to form a new habit, but hey, if 21 days is good, then 30 days is golden!
2. Make it daily – Consistency is your friend! Something you only do every so often will make it hard for you to form a habit. Whatever new habit you are trying to form, make sure you are doing it daily.
3. Start simple – Don’t try and make drastic changes all at once. You could be setting yourself up for failure. Don’t go from eating junk food 24/7 to eating a strict vegan diet. Some people can do that, but why not start the first 30 days eliminating junk food, then the next 30 days eliminating meat, then dairy? If you want to start exercising, don’t kill yourself on your first day by working out for an hour and a half and then feel like quitting, because you’re so sore the next day you can’t move. Start with a 30 minute walk a day and build from there.
4. Allow yourself some imperfection – Don’t expect to go from no discipline to the most disciplined person on the planet. If you slip, recognize it and get back on track immediately. Don’t use it as an excuse to fall back into your bad habits.
5. Get rid of temptation – Get rid of the things that would make you fail at forming a new habit. Love ice cream, but you’re keeping it on hand for the kids? Get them a flavor they love and you loathe. Need to work on that next manuscript, blog post, business plan, etc., but Facebook is calling your name? Set a time you’ll play on Facebook and Instagram and also set a time just for work. Adhere to those times no matter what!
6. Remind yourself of the benefits – When you start changing out good habits for bad habits, it helps to remind yourself why you are changing them. Better health, longer life, more money, a better life for your family, etc. are all good reasons for changing bad habits.
7. Do it for you – You cannot make changes for someone else. When it’s all said and done, you’ve got to make a decision that the person in the mirror is worth changing. You are worth the healthier body, the better grades, the better job, the more money, the success. Once you decide that, the decision to change your habits will be easier.
What habits are you challenging yourself to change?