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How to turn a goal into a habit Part 1

How is it possible to turn a goal into a habit? Aren’t you tired of setting goals and not achieving them? If you are asking these questions, you will be glad to find your answers here.

 

The trick is to chip away at your goal in small, incremental steps.

 

In other words, when you know how to form a new habit (related to your goal), then you can turn success into a series of daily actions.

 

Step 1: In order to turn a goal into a habit, Focus on One New Habit

If you want to know how to form a new habit the biggest topic you need to understand is ego depletion and how it holds you back.

Ego depletion is “a person’s diminished capacity to regulate their thoughts, feelings and actions.”

It impacts our ability to form new habits because our supply of willpower is spread out among all the areas of our lives.

Because of this, it’s important to work on only one habit at a time. That way, your store of willpower can be channelled into completing that one habit, increasing the odds of success.

Because of this, it’s important to work on only one habit at a time. That way, your store of willpower can be channelled into completing that one habit, increasing the odds of success.

So the question is:

“What one new habit do you want to form?”

Identify it now and learn everything you can about how to do it right. For instance, one of your main habits might be eating well.  This is something that you aim to do every day, and are always working towards better health on a daily basis.

The important point here is to identify a habit you can do all the time, something that will fit into your life and can be completed on a daily basis, even when you don’t feel like it.

Step 2: To turn a goal into a habit – Form a new habit? Commit for a MINIMUM of 30 days.

 

Some people say it takes 21 days to build a habit, while others claim it takes up to 66 days. The truth is that the length of time really varies from person to person and habit to habit. You’ll find that some habits are easy to build while others require more effort. My advice is to commit to a specific habit for the next 30 days (or a month to keep it simple).

During this time, your entire life should be structured around carving out time every day to consistently do it.

 

Step 3: Anchor Your New Habit to an Established Habit

 

A habit shouldn’t be based upon motivation, fads, or temporary desire. Rather, it should be instilled in your life to the point it becomes habitual. This often means you do not need a sophisticated series of steps just something you can commit to day in and day out… FOREVER.

What you want to do is to commit to a very small habit change and take baby steps as you build on it. An important aspect of learning this is to “anchor” the new habit to something you already do on a daily basis.

  • “After I get to my car from work, I would change into my workout clothes and walk for 10 minutes.”
  • “When I finish brushing my teeth at night, I will write down everything that I ate for the day.”
  • “After I drop off the kids at school, I have to stop by the gym for my yoga class.”

You get the idea. Simply find a habit you already consistently do and then anchor it with new behaviour.  Stay tuned for Part 2.

Nic

Nicole
Nicole McDermott
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I am passionate about working with people on a holistic level to balance hormones, improve mood, manage weight all whilst educating people on the benefits of a balanced whole foods diet. Follow more great advice from Nic here.