It has long been misunderstood that habits are formed in 21 days. This is, unfortunately, not the case. To make real changes in behavior and perform a new good habit, it will take quite a bit longer. Forming a new habit, especially when it is related to healthy and positive behavior, is quite difficult. There are, however, many things that you can do to make this process that much easier. With the help of coaches and mentors and following a program that works for you, you can move closer to this twenty-day mark even though the average for people is usually around 60 or 70 days. Here are some of our best tips to help you form a new habit.
You don’t need to, and you shouldn’t try to fix everything in one day. Creating one small positive habit will teach you and your brain that you are capable of. This simple new habit can give you the confidence that you need to start tackling more significant hurdles. Starting small is not a bad thing.
As you get older, you may realize that trying to accomplish life entirely on your own is very difficult. Humans need mentorship and help and support. Having a partner or coach to help you get through even the simplest new habit-forming activities will make a world of differences. Coaches, mentors, and friends can hold people accountable for their actions and give you a reason to care and continue moving forward.
You must remind yourself daily as to why you are trying to form a new habit. Don’t let the overall goal and picture escape the forefront of your thinking. The more you remind yourself where you were and where you have headed, the better chance you have of actually making It there. If you need to write these reminders down and put them in a place where you can see them each day, that is entirely acceptable.
Make things easy for yourself and try and accomplish your new habit every day. Carve out a spot in your day, try to make it the same time from day to day whenever possible. The more automated the habit becomes, the easier it is to stick with it. Remember that doing this for a week and stopping is not automating. You must continue working towards your goal for months and months before you will have truly created a habit that is meant to last a lifetime. This is not always going to be an easy thing to do, but it will be worth it.
Creating new positive behaviors and replacing the bad ones is a process that nobody should have to do on their own. You must fill your time with new and positive habits so that you can eliminate the old ones. We will help any of our clients restructure your life to make sure you are living and feeling the way you need to thrive.