There are tons of healthy habits we hear about during our life time. We hear about healthy habits from our friends, we hear about them on radio shows and TV shows, we read about them on the Internet, and our parents tell us about them. A lot of these habits are pretty straight forward, we know them and we know they are healthy and good for out body (or soul).
To name a few:
- Drink 8 cups of water every day.
- Workout 2-3 times a week.
- Sleep at least 6 hours at night.
And the list can go on forever…
So we can easily find out about habits that are good for us, but the process of turning these “tips” into habits is the real things you want to master. A task or an action is turned into a habit when our mind is waiting for the action without us having to think about it. In order to get to that point, and until we get there, we need to regularly train our brain for it. Until we set it as a habit, it’s a goal we’re pursuing.
1. List your goals
The first thing to do is also the simplest thing. Because it is so simple many people simply don’t do it therefore missing out on a powerful tool. Listing your goals give you the direction you want to follow. it’s like holding a map and marking your destination. Just as you wouldn’t go on a track without a map and a destination, don’t pursue you goal without that list. That list is something you should keep to check your destination regularly. Make your goals as clear as possible so anyone who reads it know exactly what you are doing.
2. Track your progress
Keeping with the map analogy, setting your destination for the trip is not enough. While walking, you need to constantly check you bearings in order to make sure that you will get to your destination. The exact same thing is what you have to do on the way to achieve your goal. Tracking your progress can be measuring some value (e.g. weight), but it can also be marking your exercise dates on a calendar or just writing down your general feeling and thought along the way. By doing this regularly you are making sure you are on the right path to reach your goal and building that habit.
3. Get support
One of the most powerful tools to keep us going towards our goal and keeping us motivated is support from our friends. As humans our friends are our tribe and we don’t want to let them down. Share your goals with your friends, they are there to help you. Don’t be afraid to let them know when things are not going as you planned, do the opposite. When things are not going as you planned reach out to your friend and get the extra motivation and power you need to get back on track.
Sharing that goal and progress is also a great way to learn from others who have struggled with the same goal as you are struggling to achieve. Sometimes it’s a stranger with the right tip and advise that will get you back on track.
Doing the three steps above regularly with whatever habit you want to build, you will notice that as the time passes by, you are actually getting used to following this routine and you are also getting used to keeping up with your habit. Those three tools will help you build that task or action into a habit by doing it regularly. If you wanted to exercise two times a week and you use the three tools above, you will soon get to a point that your brain is actually waiting for that regular exercise and you will gradually feel that you no longer need those tools. That is when you succeeded in building that goal as a habit, and that is the time to push yourself further by setting a higher goal or building another habit.
You can make it happen and you will make it happen. You will feel better about yourself, you will beMore.