Every single habit that we have is what actually enables us to do things. This means that if we could only take control of our patterned behavior and thoughts, there will actually be nothing that we cannot accomplish in life. But of course, this is easier said than done because there are so many different factors that affect how we think and do even the simplest tasks that we have. Nevertheless, you should make an effort to build good habits because it is through this that you could set yourself up for a healthier, happier, and more successful life. Here are some of the things you could do to establish a lifestyle that will get you closer to success:
1. Identify the habit that would have the biggest impact on your life.
Knowing the most important change you should make is a good first step towards turning things around in your life. To do this, you have to figure out that one habit that has always bothered you. What’s that particular habit that you cannot seem to stop? Or is there something you want to do but you just don’t know how and where to start? It may take some time before you find out what it is, and you may be surprised that there are a few of them. In that case, make sure that you focus on one habit at a time. Trying to change many things about yourself is definitely overwhelming and could easily cause you to fail.
2. Look into your present routine and think of the reward you get from it.
We form routines that we think are beneficial to us. However, it is also possible that some of our routines actually prevent us from being effective or productive. Take a closer look at your lifestyle and how you perform your responsibilities perhaps. Then try to analyze the good things you are getting from your routine. Now imagine yourself taking a different route in terms of how you live your life and see if it would be more beneficial to make some changes. This way, you will realize which parts of your daily routine need changing. At the end of the day, your goal is to become as satisfied, useful and productive as you can be.
3. Do not avoid the challenges along the way.
Deciding to get rid of your old and bad habits is one thing, but actually replacing them with good ones is another. It is a long and difficult process to eliminate bad habits, but this shouldn’t be a reason for you to avoid them. It is important that you learn to embrace the difficulties of forming a new habit, and also how you could make these challenges a part of the new routine you’re creating. This would only make you a stronger person and it will also help you learn more about yourself and the things you are capable of doing
4. Stick to your new habits.
Not sticking to your new habits would be one of the easiest ways to fail in your attempt to make the necessary changes in your life. Thus, it is important that you perform your new habits daily, so that they could be part of your regular routine. According to studies, habits can be formed in just three weeks provided that you keep them in mind and perform them on a daily basis. This is why any life coach would suggest that you determine a start date for your new habit and stick to it for at least 30 straight days.
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Cecile Peterkin is a certified career and retirement coach, and a registered member of the Career Professionals of Canada and the International Coach Federation. She is also the Founder and Senior Career Strategist at Cosmic Coaching Center, provider of career and life management services for middle managers and mid-career professionals across Canada, United States and Europe