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Making Habits Stick

  • January 3, 2019
  • Written by Meridian Admin

Often, we have great intentions for a new year. We have grand ideas of how we will change and become better. With this in mind, it’s best to focus on one habit to ensure it sticks around long enough to actually become a habit.

Here are a few thoughts and questions you might ask yourself that may help you overcome the odds of not succeeding.

What is the one habit you would like to gain in this new year? What is important to you about incorporating this habit? What do you feel will be achieved by adopting it? How will it improve your personal or business life? Knowing yourself and understanding why it’s important to you is one of the first keys to being successful in implementing habits.

How can you use, or connect it, to other habits you already have? What can you learn from those past habits you added?  What worked for you? If we look back and see where we have acquired some good habits, it will often help us see what worked for us then and how that may help us now.

How do you start adopting the habit? What steps are you going to take? How do you ensure you don’t become overwhelmed and easily defeated? Whatever the habit, it’s advisable to take small measurable steps that can easily be attained and incorporated into the routine you wish to achieve. Thinking about how you start, and then how you incrementally add steps over a period of time may thwart failure. Keeping it challenging but not overwhelming is a key to successful integration.

How will you acknowledge your achievement of incorporating this habit into your routine? What small successes need to be celebrated? Celebrating those successes often ensures you will continue and move forward. Letting others know what you are trying to achieve not only adds a level of accountability, it may also be helpful in the celebration of achieving the intermediate steps.

The key to successfully adding any desired habit, is to become very focused and almost fanatical about it. If it is truly important to you, then you need to prioritize it for the time it takes to make it a habit. By continually asking the question, “Why is this important to me?” you will develop the heightened awareness and focus necessary to incorporate the desired habit.

“Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.”  Norman Vincent Peale, Clergyman, Author

Paul Abra, Motivated Coaching