Habits are a lifestyle to be lived. You will create daily practices through consistent action. It is not something that you practice for a day or a week. It is something that requires consistency and effort. If you have never had structure in your life it can be difficult to imagine what it looks like. You may know what you do not want, so start there. Do you have a morning or evening practice? A morning or evening practice can look like writing in a gratitude journal, meditating, washing your face, taking a shower, making your bed, maintaining a tidy bedroom, and more. These types of practices will attribute to a healthier mindset and sense of wellbeing.
The initial feelings of resistance can be tough to overcome, but it is possible. Ask yourself what it is you're resisting? Resistance is a normal reaction, so acknowledge that it's common to have these feelings. Then begin to overcome it by exploring, "What am I resisting?" Be specific and honest with yourself. Often, what we resist is categorized into what we can and cannot control. It could be a sense of perfectionism slowing you down. You may be procrastinating because you want something to be a certain way - which is may be of a perfect standard. In other words, an impossible standard that feels too overwhelming to achieve. Learn to let go a little, dip your toes in the water, and give it a shot!
IDENTIFY WHAT HABITS YOU WANT TO CREATE OR IMPROVE
Now that you are overcoming resistance and procrastination - it's time to identify what it is you want. What habits do you want to cultivate? What habits do you want to improve? What would improve your lifestyle and mental wellbeing? Write down why you want to practice xyz habit. For example, "I want to practice the habit of being more active. I want to exercise more to feel more energized." Be clear and honest with your intentions and how these new habits will benefit your life.
MEASURE YOUR PROGRESS
Keep track of your progress. Habit trackers are excellent tools to measure your progress. Fortunately, there are so many different types of habit tracker templates out there! Find one that suits you or better yet, make your own! Whether for fitness, home organization, health and nutrition, business building, and more! Click here for a free habit tracker template! Once you download the google sheets habit tracker template everything can be edited to suit your preference!
WRITE IT DOWN
Writing down your goals has been proven to be a game changer. Writing down your goals helps create a vision in your mind of how you want to be in the future. You can visually see the goal and understand the difference it will make in your life. In fact, you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down on a regular basis. It has to do with how our brains work. When you write things down, you are activating both parts of your brain, the imaginative right hemisphere, and the logic-based left hemisphere.
Break down your goals into daily, weekly, and monthly categories. Prioritize what you need to do today. Everything cannot be a priority, although they may all be important, there is surely certain tasks that will take precedence. Clean your house and organize your surroundings. You will naturally feel motivated to be more productive and active. You will be making life simpler and easier to manage. Once you have organized your home, you may feel motivated to get organized in other areas of your life and tackle tasks you’ve neglected.
CREATE S.M.A.R.T. GOALS
Ease into it - start small. When we feel motivated to begin again; whether that be working out again, working on your business, starting anything new, or tackling a big project - you don't want to bite off more than you can chew. Start small so that you don't overwhelm yourself. A great step to work towards your goals is to create S.M.A.R.T. goals. Which means, you want your goals to be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based. And, of course, manage your expectations. For example, you do not want to set a goal that says, "I will organize my entire 5 bedroom home today, all by myself." You will certainly find yourself overwhelmed and not accomplish your goal. Instead, set a goal that starts small, "Today, I will organize an area in my workspace by starting with my desk area." Listen to your body and mind - if you notice you are feeling overwhelmed or your energy is depleting then take breaks or ask for help.
Nothing changes if nothing changes. When you say you're going to do something, especially for yourself - do it! Be true to your word. By following through on what you say you're going to do you ultimately will build trust with yourself. If you say, "this afternoon I am going to work on my business for at least 2 hours." Or, "After work, I am going to go jogging for 30 minutes." And, you do not do it, then anytime you say you're going to set a goal it is likely that deep down you feel that you won't do it. So, changes things up. Hold yourself accountable. Build trust within yourself. When you build trust within yourself, you build confidence within yourself.
CELEBRATE THE SMALL WINS
Celebrate the small wins! If you completed your first day of practicing new habits - that is something worth celebrating! Be kind to yourself and give yourself some grace as you navigate this new chapter in your life. They found that capturing small wins every day enhances a worker's motivation. Simply recording progress in some way helps to boost self-confidence. It is difficult beginning, to keep going, and overcome resistance along the way, but you can do it!
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What new habits do you want to practice? What are your personal development goals? What are your career goals? Let me know in the comments!