10. Cultivate Good Habits
Habits are processes that power our lives. Good habits help us to achieve our goals. Once an activity becomes a habit, we no longer have to counsciously summon the motivation each time we need to perform it. Instead, our brains will do the motivating and what was once a chore will become an urge.
Tip 7 dealt with the motivation you need to make changes. This tip is designed to help you achieve those changes. For example if your goal is to lose 20lbs and you start getting into the habit of exercising daily, eating healthier etc, this will help make your goal more achievable. Habits take otherwise difficult tasks and makes them easier through repetiton. Habits shape our lives far more than we realise. In fact, once we develop a habit, our brains actually change to make the behaviour easier to complete. Habits become automatic and rewire the brain. Here are some tips to help you start cultivating healthy habits:
- Start building small habits. If you are a person who never exercises, aim to exercise for 10 minutes, 3 times a week, and build on that. Small changes bring big results.
- Once small habits become ingrained, start to increase the degree of complexity.
- Switch your focus from specific goals to creating long term habits. Continuous improvement can become a way of life.
Know that building one single habit often has a wider impact on our lives. For example, a person who starts exercising daily may end up eating better and drinking less alcohol. If your goal is to speak another language fluently, get into the habit of practicing it 10-15 minutes a day. This will make your goal more achievable. Whatever it is you want to change in your life, whatever goal you want to achieve, once you have acquired the motivation, start creating the habits and before you know it you will be feeling the change.