Have you ever looked at someone you highly respect and wonder why they get so much done?
These people say, “I’ll read 20 books this year,” or “I want to bring my weight down to 50 kilograms,” and actually make it happen!
But when you try to set the same goals for yourself, you get nowhere near the halfway mark.
We all know how that feels – frustrating and discouraging.
Now this is exactly why we should take good habits more seriously. Forming and sustaining good habits are difficult, yes, but not impossible.
Here are some reasons why forming good habits is good for you:
1. Good habits bring you closer to your goals
The first step to reaching any goal is to start and stick to a daily habit. If you want to run a marathon, start running daily. If you want to be able to lift 200 pounds, start lifting weights daily. Good habits are the building blocks of succeeding in any plan and reaching any goal.
2. Good habits build your foundation for life
Habits become you, and the habits you choose to follow will in part set the tone for your life. If you start a habit of spending time with your children with joy, you will be a joyful person. If you start a habit of eating veggies with every meal, you will become a healthier person.
3. Good habits reduce wasted time
There is always a better way to spend the time we do nothing difficult or challenging. Creating good habits will help us reduce the time we waste and become more efficient and productive.
4. Good habits replace motivation
Everyone has gone through days when we just don’t feel like exercising, going to work, or eating well. But when these things become habits, they become as natural as breathing, and it’s easier to do them without constantly foraging for motivation.
Now that you know why forming good habits is good for you, here are 3 simple tips on how to get started:
1. Set a goal
Studies show that having concrete goals and the steps you need to do to reach it is the most effective way to actually succeed at it. Building daily habits will help you achieve those goals.
2. Set a behavior chain
Instead of making loosely constructed habit plans such as “I need to exercise daily,” create a behavior chain that will help you get there such as, “After work, I will change into workout clothes, and go for a 30-minute jog.”
3. Hang in there
Starting a new habit can be challenging as many things will come up and derail your efforts. You can prevent this by finding out what possibly causes you to feel like giving up and then eliminating those triggers.
Forming good habits does not only do you good in the here and now, but also into the future. It’s not impossible and if you are willing to put in the hard work following the tips we just shared, you’ll reap endless benefits.
Read the full article by The Alternative Daily here for more advice on how to form good habits and stick with them.
What good habits do you want to form this year? Let us know in the comments below!