Welcome everyone in 2022! Happy New Year!
I hope you had some rest after the insane party and now you are ready to get to those little bastards that almost everyone speaks about when the new year is coming. Yes, I’m talking about New Year’s resolutions.
So you are probably here, because you are eager to change something important in your life. Maybe you want to lose weight? Perhaps write a book?
Whatever it is that you truly desire, I can tell you that you are really determined about it, right? Otherwise you wouldn’t be here, so congrats! You are already one step closer to your dream future.
Or it’s just New Year and you already know what you have to do, but you are procrastinating. It doesn’t matter what’s the case, because either way, I’m going to share how you can actually build habits, and achieve every ambition of yours, just by building habits.
Habit building is essential if you want to be successful, because you can’t rule the world in one day. You have to put in the work everyday and only do the things that are really playing a role in your goal. Habit building can be tricky, but it’s not that hard after you get used to it.
So how can you make a habit?
First set your goal. Be specific with it! Don’t just write down lose weight, but use a specific measurement.
If it’s difficult for you to be specific, try to imagine your future self. Where do you live? How do you look? How much money are you making? What is your job?
Think about an average day in your future. Try to visualize it, you can even use real pictures you find on the internet if that helps you. See your future clearly. Write down the details and voilá, you have a specific goal. You can also add a deadline.
Now ask yourself: What do I have to do every day in order to achieve this? That’s going to be your habit.
Congratulations! You are doing great so far!
Doing something for 30 days, makes it a habit. Doing something for 90 days makes it a lifestyle.
You have to be consistent! You are not going to and shouldn’t expect to change the world in just one day.
You have to put in the work every day even when you don’t see the results. That doesn’t mean you are not going forward!
That doesn’t mean you are not going forward!
When you start building your habits it is really important to be patient. Slow change is good change. You shouldn’t start building a ton of habits all at once, because that won’t work out and you are just going to be disappointed in yourself and in the system.
Choose one thing you want to concentrate on. If you do it long enough you won’t even recognize that you have to do it. It becomes unconscious. That’s the case with all of your habits that you already have. Because you already have habits (that is a fact). You are just so used to them that you don’t even think about them anymore. You just do it, and that’s the goal when you are building habits.
So how to track your habits?
After you decide that you really want to do this, and you have the habits that you want to implement in your life, tracking the them will make it easier to build the system.
You can track it with Bullet Journaling. Having a BuJo can help so much when you want to change your life. It helps you to grow as an individual and it’s really popular to track habits there.
What I also recommend is to use apps. The easiest way to build habits if you don’t want to spend too much time with them is to download apps that help you.
Another great thing about the apps that they like to send you notifications so you can make sure you don’t forget your habits throughout the day.
These are the two apps I can really recommend:
Remember: never push something that’s not working out. Only do things that are good for you by any means (for example helps you get to your goal).
Also try to see realistically what counts as stepping out of your comfort zone and what counts as a bad, harmful thing. These two are not the same. And too much of everything can be harmful.
Now you have the basic idea, how to find a goal and build habits that will help you achieve that goal. I’ll give you some examples.
Goal: Healthy lifestyle
- Drink water
- Work out/exercise
- Take a walk
- Eat sugar free
- Sleep 8 hours
Goal: Writing a book
- Read a book
- Research how to write a book
- Write one page
Goal: Become a morning person
- Go to bed earlier
- Get out of bed as soon as you open your eyes
- Make you bed
- Create a morning routine
You see what kind of habits I’m thinking about?
Building habits can be scary at first, but if you know what you have to do, then you only need yourself. Focus! That’s important! Don’t make excuses! Just do the habits even if you don’t feel like it. If you are consistent and diligent enough, you won’t even recognize that you do something everyday.
Don’t forget that everything takes time, so don’t expect to see results the next day, but you are going to be stunned when you finally witness it.