Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Do you want to quit smoking, wake up early, eat healthy or exercise regularly. All of these habits can be created with a small amount of initial discipline and desire to change for better. Here are some tips for creating good habits and breaking bad ones.
1. Focus on one Habit at a Time
If you really want to make good habits then it is very Important to focus on one habit at a time. Because changing habits is difficult and needs your full focus and attention.
2. Take Baby Steps
Don`t set yourself up for failure by changing too much at a time. If you are doing something for years then it`s impossible to change it in one day. So be easy on yourself and start small. For Example if you want to wake up early then try to wake up 15 minutes earlier than your usual time . Follow this new regime for a month and keep moving towards your goal at a slow pace. In this way your body can easily adapt to your new habits.
3. Stick with Your New Habit for at least 30 Days
Getting conditioned with the new change in life can take some time. Usually it takes around 30 days to develop a new habit. But 30 days is not a magic number as it can vary from one person to another. Always remember that persistence is the key to making good habits.
4. Make a Plan and Write it down
Make a plan to create a new habit and write it down on a piece of paper. Writing down your plan, makes your goal clearer in your mind. Your plan should include your goals, motivations and the obstacles.
5. Find Your Motivations
You should be very clear about the reasons for making a new change in your life. Try to remind yourself of all the benefits of your new habit.
6. Ask for support
Never under estimate the help you can get from your friends and family members. Tell your close ones about your new resolutions and find more ways to make your decision public. I would recommend you to join an online support forum where you can post your daily Progress.
7. Talk Yourself to Success
Start listening to your thoughts and resist every negative thought that is stopping you to make progress. Talk yourself to success by replacing each negative thought with a positive affirmation.
8. Defeat Your Temptations
Temptations will come and very often they strong. Make a strategy to defeat those temptations. Urges and temptations usually last for a couple of minutes and they can be defeated with the help of various strategies. Whenever you are tempted to follow your urges, try one of the strategies mentioned below.
9. Stay Away from Negative People
You will always find some people who will try to push you back to your old habits. Be prepared to tackle such negative personalities and don`t associate with them if possible.
10. Bribe Yourself
Reward yourself for your small achievements. These rewards may Look like bribes but they can play a big role by motivating you in breaking old habits and creating new ones.
11. Learn From Your Mistakes
Don`t let your failures and mistakes stop you from moving Forward. Learn from each mistake and turn it into a stepping stone to your Success.
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