Good Vs. Bad Habit
Good or bad, we have a habit that directs our lives and leads us on a path of either success or failure. Reflecting on your lifestyle as it is right now, what do you see more of, good or bad habits?
Being it is early in January of the new year, I suspect you’ve already done some type of reflecting and found a bad habit you have; that’s why you’ve more than likely made a New Year’s Resolution.
If you’re like most, you’re probably beginning to struggle with said resolution already. It’s difficult, frustrating, or you’re just feeling unmotivated to keep it. The reason for this is quite simple, your bad habit is ingrained in you and you’re trying to break it.
The only way to break a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit, no matter how uncomfortable it is making you. You can do it! Keep up the good in your life to replace the bad. Remember your why. Why did you find it bad enough to make the resolution in the first place?
A Habit is Born
Did you immediately create your current habits, good or bad? More than likely not. You have them because you did them over and over again and it became easier and easier. This is how habits are born.
An act becomes easy through constant repetition, it then becomes a pleasure to perform, and if it is a pleasure to perform, it is a mans nature to perform it often. When you perform an act often because it’s a pleasure to perform, it becomes a habit.
The question is, are you willing to replace your current bad habits with good habits? As that’s the only way a bad habit will be out of your life, replacement. At first it’s not easy, it may even be inconvenient, but if you don’t want to fail, you need good habits.
Your New Year’s Resolution may be to lose weight, earn a certain amount, or learn something new. While these are all well and good resolutions to have, I want to encourage you to forget them.
That’s right, I said forget them. Here’s what I want you to do instead: Create a habit. Simplify your big goal to something smaller. I call it a microgoal. Take it one day at a time. Create a HABIT by doing something every day to help you lose a little bit of weight, earn a little bit more, or learn one thing.
By creating a habit of doing something everyday eliminates the frustration of meeting a big goal you want to achieve. You won’t lose 50 pounds the first couple of weeks in January. You won’t earn an extra $5000 or learn an entire language right away. But if you create a habit, you could lose a few pounds the first week, and that’s a success! You could earn an extra $100, and that’s a step in the right direction!
One tool I use to keep track of my habits and my microgoals success is a Full Focus Planner by Michael Hyatt. You can purchase one or a year’s worth (they’re quarterly planners) on Amazon by following this link. (Affiliate link) The Full Focus Planner is an amazing tool for building a habit of daily reflection and achieving a daily goal.
At the end of 2020, those few pounds, that little bit extra each week, or those few words each day you learned in a new language compile on top of each other to reach a bigger goal.
Those bigger goals you call resolutions, break them into a daily habit to grow into. That’s the power of a habit. Little by little, you’ll achieve so much more with a habit rather than setting a New Years Resolution.
So what habit can you start today, do tomorrow, and continue doing that will help you reach your bigger goals?
I would love to help you achieve your 2020 goals and create habits to get you there. Contact me today to find out more about my Goals & Habits Coaching Program! I can’t wait to see you achieve greatness this year.