Cultivate good habits.

September 4, 2016
September 4, 2016 Team Positive

Cultivate good habits.

Good habits are vital to your growth and development! Habits such as punctuality, and sleeping early can be essential to your journey of living the best positive lifestyle for yourself!

Aristotle aptly puts it: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.

However, how does one go about cultivating such habits? How does one get past the challenges during the initial starting point, and make these good habits stick?

Let’s face the harsh truth, we find that making these new habits stick is such a tough chore. It does require a large amount of discipline, and it feels elusive.

What if you could make the new habits you’re trying to cultivate stick without a large amount of discipline and effort?

Try these tips below! These habit forming tips will make it much easier for you to cultivate new habits!

Don’t reinvent yourself by trying to cultivate multiple habits at one-go. One of the biggest reasons to why New Year’s Resolutions hardly ever stick is because you’re trying to accomplish multiple habits at once. Instead, try tackling one habit at a time. That way, you can solely focus on that single habit.

Once you’ve made that habit stick, move on tho the next.

Be ready to commit a certain amount of time to your habit. It’s stated that 3 to 4 weeks is all the time you need to make a habit stick, but don’t be afraid to spend more time on it if you need to! The initial phase may be challenging and tough, but persevere through it. It’ll become much easier over time!

Start your day on a high note by doing the habit you feel the most motivated to do. This habit doesn’t have to be big- you could start small, but consistency must be observed and maintained. You’ll feel satisfied getting this habit out of the way! It does not matter which habit gets executed first, so long as a habit is getting executed with consistency.

Use momentum, and stack your habits. Habit takes a decent amount of time and energy to form. Don’t waste the amount of resources you’ve invested in forming the first habit. Leverage upon the momentum generated from the initial habit you’re trying to accomplish!

With the momentum you’ve initially built up from accomplishing your prior habit, use it to its fullest by letting it carry you directly into the next habit you are motivated to accomplish.

Make your habits manageable. When forming new habits, you want to make them as manageable and achievable as possible. Focus on one small step at a time. You want your habits to be sustainable and long lasting, and not an overnight solution.

Start with something simple: for example, if you want to spend 2 hours working out at a gym everyday, start small by spending 30 minutes. Build the habit of working out for 30 minutes, and from there on, build on that foundation.

Visualise you achieving your habits. Learn to visualise the habit you need to execute on a daily basis. This helps you to focus your attention on the process needed to develop the new habit. Also, learn to visualise some of the struggles you may face. It’ll get you mentally prepared should these struggles do surface during your journey.

Expect failures. Don’t expect yourself to make habit changes overnight. Be patient with the journey.  There will be days where you’d fail to work on your habit. Don’t expect it to be the smoothest ride, but always try your best! The outcome will be worth it. This leads to the next point.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Failures do happen. On certain days, you’ll not feel like wanting to accomplish your habit, and that’s okay. Don’t beat yourself up over it, and don’t succumb to the temptation of calling the whole thing off, just because of a terrible day.

Rather than focusing on these terrible days, focus on the days that you’ve done your habit!

Also, self-blame is counter productive, and constantly being too hard on yourself isn’t a healthy act.

Set reminders. Building habit does take quite a bit of mental energy and dedication. Try making it easier for yourself by setting reminders. With so many thoughts going through your head, you don’t need the added mental pressure by constantly trying to remember your habit. Place reminders to execute your habit each day! That’ll elevate any additional pressure upon yourself, making this habit building phase much easier.

Take it as an experiment. Use this experience as a behavioural experiment on yourself. Should there be other outcomes than the one you’re achieving, don’t beat yourself up. Use these experiences as lessons. They’ll provide you different perspectives to how you can achieve your habit!