One of the great things about doing something over and over is that the more you do it the less you have to think about doing it. It becomes automatic, almost natural. A habit is defined as an acquired pattern of behavior that often occurs automatically. We sometimes form habits without any intention, yet there are other times when we develop habits out of intention and necessity.
It’s just as easy to form a bad habit as it is to form a good habit. It is often said that doing something at least 21 times solidifies a habit. Whether that is true in every case is up for debate. The reality, however, is that the more you do something, the more likely you will repeat it. If you’re going to be consistent at something makes sure it’s something that is going to move you into your desired direction.
As we move into another year and think about how we want to make adjustments and improvements in our lives either at home or at work, creating good habits to sustain improvements is essential.
Here are a few tips that may help you if you are looking to create good habits in the New Year.
- Write it down – What do you want to achieve? Write it, post it, type it and keep it in front of you.
- Consciously execute – You may choose to do it daily or every other day. Whatever the case, don’t miss opportunities to put into practice the new habit.
- Keep it simple – If you’re not a runner don’t expect to run a marathon after a month of practice. Start small and work your way up.
- Be consistent – When you practice your habit do it the same way all the time (and make sure you do it correctly all the time.)
- Have an accountability partner – They may not practice the habit with you but will encourage you when you succeed or if you slip up a bit.
- Bonus Tip- Don’t beat yourself up if you slip. If you get off the wagon, dust yourself off and get back on.
Look to create good habits this year. And take some time to see if those around you could use a partner to help them develop good habits, too.