There are many things, which depend on your habits - your health, your mood, your relationship with people and your success. The actions that you perform every day automatically affect your whole life. In order to move in the right direction, you need to develop healthy habits. Believe us, you don't need an iron willpower to keep healthy habits.
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However, it is not that simple. It is very easy to develop negative habits, but you need to work hard to develop healthy habits. There are too many temptations to give up new habits. For example: a person, who wants to run in the morning often finds excuses to skip the run (“I’m so sleepy and tired”, "I will go for a run next week", "It's too cold outside, I might get sick"). So here comes the question: how can we form a new, healthy habit?
In this article, we would like to show you how to adopt and keep new habits in six easy steps. By using these tips, you will be able to become more productive! Are you interested? Scroll down to read this article right now.
#1. Set goals and milestones
Most people believe that it takes twenty-one day to develop a habit, but that's not correct. Scientists found that in order to develop a habit, you need sixty-six days. Creating a new habit is a long process that requires concentration and hard work. That is why it is necessary to set expectations about the journey. Find something that will help you create a habit and keep it.
People often set overwhelming goals such as, losing one hundred pounds, writing a book or buying a house. It is not easy to obtain these goals, but it is possible. However, it is important to cut one, huge goal into smaller, realistic outcomes. For example, don't focus on shredding one hundred pounds, a good first milestone is to shred ten pounds in the first month. Creating milestones may help people manage expectations, helping to form healthy habits.
#2. Find motivation
Motivation is a strong desire to move forward. It can be both internal and external. A person who wants to shred one hundred pounds may have been told by her physician that she might die if she doesn’t slim down. This type of motivation is external. It may help form a new habit, but it is not effective in long-term.
Internal motivation involves doing an activity for the inner satisfaction. It can be really important for a person to slim down, as it can help her feel more confident and happy. Internal motivation is more effective than external.
#3. Choose a goal-oriented behavior
Most parents work hard to make their kids eat veggies. But the reward "Veggies can help you stay healthy" is not valuable for most kids, and efforts to make them eat veggies will often be meet with serious resistance.
Autonomy is a strong mechanism for stimulating behavior change and keeping it over time. Parents want to have kids who eat vegetables of their own choice. Here is the mystery: In order to form a habit, you need to choose this habit on your own.
Don't force your kids eat vegetables and let them choose what to eat. Give them three options for dinner: broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. They will pick the one that feels most desirable, and because they were able to select it ahead of time, they will eat veggies with less resistance in the future.
#4. Think about reward
After a person has chosen a behavior, he should create cues to remind him about his habit. For example, if you want to develop a habit of healthy eating, you should prepare healthy meals ahead, keep a bottle of water around you and create a food journal. In order to reinforce the behavior, you should think about the reward. The more valuable the reward, the more likely you will able to keep a new habit.
#5. Get rid of disruptors
Disruptor factors may prevent you from adopting healthy habits. People often use disruptors as excuses for not following a new habit. For example, if you want to go for run in the morning, you should go to sleep earlier, set an alarm and prepare sport uniform ahead.
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#6. Be responsible
The last step in adopting a habit is to become responsible to the new behavior. Realize how your new habit can change your life (make you healthier, happier, more productive and successful), stay strong and motivated.
The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!
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