Building and maintaining habits of our choice tend to be challenging and hard. But with the use of some tools and criterias our habits will only evolve. Let’s talk about those criterias in more detail.
In order to influence your habits you must pay attention and take into account these factors:
Self motivation. Ask yourself and get clear with your intentions; Why is this specific habit good/bad for me? How important is this habit for me? What value can this specific habit add to my life? Asking yourself these questions will establish a base understanding of why a certain habit is good/bad for you, which then will grow your self motivation to take action.
Environment. You are the master of your environment; at home or even at work. Shape your environment so that it is easier to do your desired habits and to stay away from the negative ones. Set triggering stimuli everyday that will give you a push into doing the habits, for example put pictures of your goals and dreams in your home in order to visualize and execute once you see them.
Simple Kill. Just like any habit, regardless if good or bad it takes multiple repetitions for it to be ingrained into our daily lives. Repeat the process over and over again. Keep the process simple and clear, the simpler it is the easier it is for us to break things down and take action.
Value based rewards. Reward yourself right away! make sure to make your positive habits and progress noticeable. Use positive self-talk to affirm yourself of your accomplishments.
Behaviour planning. Enter into an inner commitment with yourself towards these good habits and what is important to you. Create and visualize contingency plans for when things go off rail, and know it's okay for that to happen. Your daily life is a constant learning process in which you learn about your behaviours and how to control them.
Experiment with these criterias, and use them as a powerful force to break bad habits and replace them with new ones.
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