Creating Habits

I have recently set out on a mission to start waking up at or before 8am and decided to write an article on habits, now everybody has habits, whether you notice them or not, what you do as soon as you get up is just one of your habits, we probably don’t notice them because we do them on a subconscious level, because after you continually do something one way, you, sort of forget the other ways.

Many people who want to change a habit or start a new one, think that just because they do it right for a week, they have got it under wraps, the thing is, continual action usually takes 21 days or more to become a habit. We need to convince our brain that it is normal for us to be doing something this way, one of the reasons it takes so long to form a new habit is because we need to stop doing the old one while we learn the new one. Procrastination is one of the worst attributes to have, it can stop you from doing so many things, block so many opportunities, and deny many dreams, just because you “didn’t feel like” getting up early, making sure you worked out each day, or because you didn’t want to leave your comfort zone to follow your dream.

The main point you need to know in creating a habit is your goal, what you want to have at the end of it, for me, I want to wake up earlier, 8am to be exact, knowing what you want is half the battle, the other half is doing it, you need to take consistent, focused action and not procrastinate. If you want to make this even easier you should have a plan, for example, if you wanted to work out, you would need to set aside time, because well you can be in two places at once, and for my goal of creating a habit of waking up earlier, I should plan to go to be earlier, instead of at 3am in the morning. Not only will you be more productive, it will help you be less procrastinating, because you have already set aside the time for the activity.

Let’s not lie, if you were trying to get into the habit of going for a walk each day or to start working out each day, we all know it is easier for you to just go to the TV and pick up the remote. Most people would argue with themselves about it won’t hurt if you watch TV just once and not do your workout that day, and eventually try to convince themselves that they made the right choice, that they deserve to procrastinate because they had already been walking all week.

Many people would rather choose to give up on their goal, you do not want to be doing that, you deserve the outcome you are trying to achieve whether that is more productivity by waking earlier or walking to keep in shape. Too many people forget their why, and are disappointed by their lack of results early in the process, so it is good to remember that life is a marathon, not a sprint.

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