According to scientists, it takes 21 days to create a habit that is important to us. But in reality everything is differently. How many times have you promised to quit smoking or to start exercising on a daily basis? How many times in your head are you doing one hundred things but at the end of the day you realize you have not started a thing? So the question is how to create a habit? And, even if you’ve got a habit, how do you tick to it and not give up on it?
But before we start to answer the question how to create a habit, we must understand what is a habit? By definition,a habit is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. It means, if we do something on a regular basis every day, after a while, we will automatically include this activity in our daily ritual. Whether it is learning a new language or a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, the key to a success is doing it every day. It is not so important how much time you can spend per day ( 10 min, 20 min or 40 min), most importantly – do it every day!
Let’s say, you have started to learn a new language. Congratulations! But it is just a beginning for your road. How to remain and stick to your habit? How not to lose the faith in what are you doing? There is no one magic trick. Your success will depend entirely on your will and self – discipline, as well as your true desires. Ask yourself a question, is it really what you want? Do I want to learn a new language? (learn a salsa, eat healthy or whatever you have decided to do) If the answer is yes, you might follow my advises which helped me to remain my habits:
- Set a specific goal and write it down. For example, I want a drinking water to become my daily routine. I will drink 8 glasses of water every day for 30 days in a row.
- Record in your planner a daily reminder.
- Set a daily reminder for your new habit on your phone.
- Tell your friend about your new habit. They will help you to stick to it when you feel low.
- Record your achievements in your planner or notebook. Time by time, praise yourself for your accomplishments.
- Reward yourself. If you have passed at least 21 days, reward yourself with a small treatment.
I have followed for all those tips above and I can say, it works. I have been sticking to the everyday water drinking habit for over 2 years and now I have challenged myself to new habits.
And what kind of habit do you want to create?
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