Habits, once formed, are not easily broken. There is sufficient evidence to prove this without delving too deeply.
Create Good Habits
The big challenge is to actually create the good habits that are going to make a positive difference in your life and business. Since some of these habits can influence positive results in your business, it makes sense to discover steps that can assist you with positive habit creation.
Changing a habit requires a decision. In fact, two decisions.
- Making a decision on what you want your new habit to be about. For example, it may be to stop eating processed foods. Or, it may be to stop checking emails first thing in the morning while you’re still in bed.
- When you will begin to take action on the decision to make the change and start creating a new habit.
#1- Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Our subconscious likes to keep us happy and the way it achieves that is my making sure we’re comfortable and not stressed out. When you stay in your comfort zone, nothing changes. But the moment you make the decision to get out of your comfort zone, this takes effort, and will sometimes cause you the pain of discomfort.
#2 – Write in Down with a Pen or Pencil
Writing things down with a pen or pencil seems to create a deeper connection between your decision and actual implementation. As a coach, I know the value of writing down my own goals and encouraging my clients to do the same. In fact, while I’ve known the value of journaling, I’m beginning to appreciate this even more because it provides a space to keep on track with your goals or decision to see how you’re doing.
I was intrigued as to the science behind this phenomenon; because it’s been proven time and time again that persons who write down their goals have a much greater chance of achieving them. I did some research and found an article that discusses a study by Dr. Gail Matthews. What was your takeaway?
#3 – Tell Someone
When you share your goals with someone else, you’re making a commitment to yourself, but you’re also making a commitment to someone else who will hold you accountable for the decisions you make and the actions you take.
You’re more likely to stick to your decision until it becomes a habit for one or both of two reasons:
1) You don’t want to have to tell your accountability partner that you failed to keep your word to them and yourself;
2) You don’t want to feel that you’ve let the other person down.
#4 – Connect the Dots
When you connect the decision to an existing task, you’re more likely to live up to your decision because you’re not adding something that’s totally new – something that you have to learn. You’re actually adding an element to an existing task so it’s a matter of incorporating that additional piece into your routine.
How will you use the four steps outlined above to jumpstart creating a new, powerful habit which can impact your business in a positive way? Please share in the comments.