Hello, my loves. I hope that you are having an amazing day! Have you ever wondered why you never seem to be consistent with your healthy habits? In today’s post, I will show you how to develop healthy habits that stick.
I give you easy and actionable steps and hacks that’ll help you build the habits you are striving towards. Creating a habit is hard work and doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes time and effort, but with these tips, it won’t be as difficult.
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1. Know your why
The first step to creating, practicing, and keeping healthy habits is to know your why. If you don’t know why you are doing something or keeping up with it, then it can be hard to have the motivation to keep trudging along.
Before you set any habits, sit down and think about how it will benefit you overall, why you started, and why you continue to keep going.
Your why should not be something like I want to lose weight or I want to be famous. It needs to be something that’ll benefit you in the long term, such as wanting to journal every day because it reduces your anxiety.
The why your choose needs to be something that is just for you and not so broad. The more specific it is, the easier it will be to stick to.
You should write this all down after careful reflection on a sticky note that you can place in a spot that you can easily see.
Do not put this note in a desk drawer where it will be hidden away, instead, you could put it on your bathroom mirror, desk calendar, or bedside table. It really doesn’t matter where you put it, just make sure it is in sight.
2. Identify yourself as the person who does this habit
All healthy habits start within your mind. If you have a negative mindset of someone who only says “I can’t because …” or “I could but I’m…”, then building a habit that sticks will be very difficult for you.
Instead, realize that all your success is determined by you and how you choose to limit yourself. Try saying to yourself, “I’m the type of person that…” instead of saying, “I’m trying to…”. Do you notice the difference? Let me give you an example, in case this isn’t truly resonating with you.
Let’s say that I am wanting to incorporate a yoga practice into my daily routine. I should tell myself that, “I’m the type of person that does a relaxing yoga practice before I go to bed in order to fall asleep faster.” On the other hand, I should not tell myself, “I’m trying to do yoga every night.”
By stepping into this positive mindset, the positive behaviors will follow. You can’t expect a negative mindset to result in a positive outcome, so try your best to work with what you have.
The way you phrase your habits is important. If you would like to learn more about the importance of a healthy and positive mindset, then make sure to let me know in the comments section.
3. Focus on the thing before the thing
It is easy to get so wrapped up in the actual habit or goal we are striving for, but this can get very overwhelming. At times it can feel like this habit is looming over your head like a dark cloud that just won’t go away.
Instead of getting trapped in this anxiety and overwhelmed world, you should focus on the thing before the thing, aka the instigation habit.
An instigation habit is pretty much what you do before your habit to get it started. This is the easy habit that sets you up to start the habit you are working on forming. For example, it could be sitting at your desk before you start journaling.
By focusing on this smaller habit, you will feel less overwhelmed by the actual idea of journaling and instead just focus on sitting down at your desk every night.
4. Be consistent
No healthy habit can build without momentum. To make anything feel like second nature, you need to do it over and over again. Consistency is the key to sticking to your habits. This is easier said than done, but it is so true.
Creating consistency can be very difficult, especially if you are struggling to keep up with your habit, but whatever you do, don’t give up. Consistency is supposed to be hard, but as long as you just keep going and do it every day, you won’t even notice that you are doing it anymore. It’ll just become a part of your daily routine.
5. Hold yourself accountable
Without holding yourself accountable, there is no one (not even yourself) to prevent you from quitting. In order to hold yourself accountable, you should find an accountability partner. This person can be someone who has a similar goal as you, or just a close friend that you know won’t let you give up.
When you and a good friend are both trying to create the same habit, it can make it seem less scary and more doable. An accountability partner also reduces your ability to create excuses for why you can’t continue your habit.
6. Make it easy and convenient
No one wants to do an already difficult task, so why make it any harder? You need to make it as easy and convenient for yourself as possible. This will remove all excuses and obstacles that might get in your way.
To do this, you need to get rid of all your distractions. This can be your phone, laptop, or the clutter in your room. You need to put away all your distracting items and clean your space.
You should also have everything you need for your habit easily accessible. For example, if you want to journal, then leave your journal out on your desk. Or if you want to work out every morning, then set out your workout clothes and running shoes the night before.
Your environment can have a major impact on your habits, so make sure it is benefiting you and helping you achieve the greatness that you know you can become.
7. Create small wins
It often feels like no progress is being made by accomplishing your daily habits and this can make you lose motivation. In order to avoid this, you need to set easy milestones that lead you to create your dream habits.
Small wins help to prove to yourself that you can follow through and that progress is being made. It also helps you break down your habit into smaller doable actions.
8. Surround yourself with doers
Everyone around you has had some sort of influence on what you like, your favorite food, your fashion sense, your productivity, and even your motivation. Pretty much, the people around you impact everything. No matter how much we don’t like to admit that to ourselves.
Have you ever noticed that when the people around you are happy, that you are too? Or that when your friends are lazy, you also feel lazy? This is no coincidence.
So, if you want to accomplish your goals and create healthy habits, then interact with other like-minded people who are striving towards similar things. This is pretty much like having an accountability partner but on a larger scale.
9. Track your progress
Tracking your progress is another great way to keep yourself accountable. It is a good alternative to having an accountability partner, especially if you are someone who can motivate and push yourself.
To track your progress, you should be using a habit tracker. A habit tracker is pretty much a calendar where you just mark off the days when you completed the habit that month and the days you skipped.
In my free printable pdf, I included a habit tracker. This tracker allows you to stay on top of your daily habits and goals. This daily schedule also has space for hourly planning, a to-do list, and a calendar.
Feel free to fill it out digitally or when printed. Let me know if you love it as much as I do!
10. Reevaluate and adjust
Some habits just seem impossible to stick to. I mean come on, how did I expect myself to wake up at 6:00 am every day to do an intense cardio workout. Like that is not happening.
Sticking to your habits is all about trial and error. You need to find what’s working and what isn’t. It is so easy to get caught in the mindset that once we create a habit everything has to stay that way, but if that were the case then no habits would stick. Remember that everything is flexible and can be moved around.
It is okay to reevaluate and change the time of day or other parts of your habit that might not be working for you or your lifestyle.
Don’t be so hard on yourself. You are so freaking amazing and can do anything you set your mind to. Just be creative and don’t always think of things only one way.
11. Be kind to yourself
Treating yourself with kindness is important for anything you do in life, but especially when creating daily habits.
Just be patient with yourself and keep trying. You are worth it and can achieve your goals. Everything takes time, so don’t be so hard on yourself.
12. Only fail when you stop trying
My last tidbit of advice is that you only fail when you stop trying. There will always be bumps in the road, but how we pick ourselves up and start again are the only things that matter.
Ask yourself why you fell off and just readjust and start again. Starting again does not mean you failed, it just means you hadn’t figured everything out perfectly and that’s okay. I mean, we are all human and sometimes we mess up.
How To Develop Healthy Habits That Stick:
- Know your why
- Identify yourself as the person who does this habit
- focus on the thing before the thing
- be consistent
- hold yourself accountable
- make it easy and convenient
- create small wins
- surround yourself with doers
- track your progress
- Reevaluate and adjust
- Be kind to yourself
- Only fail when you stop trying
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