3 Ways to Develop Good Habits


It might feel like a war against oneself when you try to establish a new excellent habit. It’s difficult, but it’s worthwhile. The more positive habits you develop, the better your physical and mental health will be. This enables you to reach better success. Some behaviors might assist you in keeping your resolutions. You must define your reasons, design a stimulus to elicit the desired action, and track your progress. If you wish to break a poor habit, understand that it will almost probably need a step-by-step approach before you can replace it with a healthy practice.

Establishing a Well-Thought Plan

Define your goals. You need to know what they are before you start working on a new habit. Specify exactly what you want to achieve. Your goal should be specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and time-bound (SMART). This will definitely increase your chances of success.

Take a close look at what you want to achieve and thoroughly assess your aim.

Here are some questions you should consider:

-To be Precise, your goal must be precise and concentrated. It should not be excessively broad or ambiguous. What is your desired outcome, and why? Measurable implies that the goal should be quantifiable. What numbers may it be related to? How can it be measured numerically?

-Action-oriented indicates that you can actively work toward your objective and have control over the steps you do to get there. What activities are required to reach your objective? How often should you do them?

-Realistic indicates that you can attain your objective using the resources at your disposal. Do you have the resources and strength to complete your mission? Whether you respond yes or no to this question, you must consider why.

-The term temporally defined implies that the objective has a starting and an end date that you must meet. When are you going to start working toward the goal? How long do you have to do it? What will happen if you are successful or unsuccessful?

Identifying the Habit you Want to Develop

You will boost your chances of success by developing positive habits that are consistent with the goals you have set for yourself. Identify a habit that fits into the category of activities to reach your goal once you've defined it and all the specifics required to attain it. Then, merely find the appropriate activity to do it.

For example, if you want to lose 10 pounds in six weeks, you may commit to going for a walk every night at 7:00 p.m.

Checking Your Motivation

After you've established your objective and the new habit you'll need to attain it, consider your motivation. This is why you want to start the new behavior. Motivation might mean the difference between success and failure when it comes to establishing a new habit in your life. As a result, it is critical to thoroughly investigate this reason.

Consider the following inquiries: What advantages might I anticipate from this new habit? What difference will it make in my life?

Write down your reasons so you may refer to them when you need a pick-me-up.  Gaugin’s career and life were transformed by the counsel and support of an artist friend. If you want to learn more about human behavior, read Covey's 7 Habits book here: "7 Habits of Highly Effective People."


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