Tips on habit forming
When you think about habits, you might automatically think about habits being either good or bad. This could be true but think of a bigger picture as habits being the things we do without thinking about them.
- When you brush your teeth first thing in the morning
- When you get in your car and put on your seatbelt
Why is this so important?
Your habits form about 45 % of your total behavior. So nearly half of what you do each day is essentially already planned out. That means to create a new habit, we must be aware of the habit we want to change/replace
Many people fail when instilling new habits is because they try to go from 0 to 100. If a new habit is too unrealistic, it can be difficult to achieve. If you break the habit up into smaller habits, you are sure to set yourself up for success.
Follow these three steps create a new habit that will help you with your fat loss goals….
Set yourself up for success
Try to pick something that is easily attainable and doesn’t require a ton of energy to complete.
- Take the stairs at work
- Cut veggies on Sunday and add them to your weekday lunches
- Switch to tea after dinner instead of wine (I know, I know)
Again, it’s the little things that matter because over time, it will become a big thing.
Focus on the WHY instead of the HOW
It’s extremely important to pay attention to why we want the habit in the first place. You must have an actual goal that you care about, that is yours, not what everyone says you should do. So if you miss a day, you aren’t just missing a day of your habit, you are missing an opportunity to get to your goal.
This will make you think twice.
In other words, if you are thinking about skipping your habit one day, frame it around the result you are seeking, not the action you are taking to get the result. You are much less likely to bail because doing so will be essentially deciding you no longer want that result.
Decide once and commit
Every time you are faced with whether you will stick to your new habit, you are faced with an opportunity to quit. So make it easy on yourself; decide once at the beginning that whatever your habit is, that you will do it no matter what, no excuses.
Tell yourself that you are the person that does your habit because you want to reach your goal, then simply follow through day in and day out. Over time, it will become second nature <3