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.

habits: learn the rules then break them

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. writeAs 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

habits: tell someoneWhen 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.

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Yvonne A Jones
Yvonne A Jones

I am Yvonne A Jones, Business, and Life Coach | Relationship Marketing Strategist.

    4 replies to "4 Steps to Creating Habits that Lead to Positive Results"

    • Glenda Cates

      As I make plans and goals I always share them with others so they can help me stay accountable although sometimes it doesn’t work.

    • Julia Neiman

      What a coincidence to see this today Yvonne. I wrote a post about making a 5 item daily must do list. I guess this is the day for getting organized. I don’t have any trouble making the list, my challenge is to get it all done. I need new and better habits.

    • Gwen Serrotti

      Love you article. Some great tips here. I will definitely use the Tell Someone. It is a great way to hold you accountable.

      • Yvonne A Jones

        Hi Gwen,

        Thanks for visiting and reading. I appreciate the kudos on the article and know how challenging it can be to start to create good habits which can make a difference to our business. Your decision to implement one of the steps is a good and positive one and I wish you the best in seeing excellent results from the actions you take.

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