There are things about my life that I would like to improve but creating a new habit and then sticking to that habit can be frustrating and defeating. Without a concrete plan, habits die like the autumn leaves….
This is great for me to write about because by making this a public statement it will give me the motivation I need to create a new and lasting habit. Once it’s out there it can’t be hidden and hopefully, you guys will keep me accountable.
The new habit is: I want to meditate every day. It’s not earth shattering I know but I see this habit an important one to create because of the benefits meditation can bring to my life.
There it’s said. Watch this space.
Now I just need to implement this into my everyday life. But I have failed at this countless times. I know very well how good meditation is for me. But I can’t seem to stick to the daily routine of it. It’s like getting up early. It’s awesome when you do it but doing it every day is another story.
Creating new habits takes work, discipline, and a plan. New habits also take time. I don’t know who said it but I’m sure there is some scientific research that says 21 is the magic number. By doing something for 21 days straight it becomes a habit. I get that. It’s easy to understand this amount of consistency would work.
So how do we make it even easier?
Luckily I have a little trick I have been using to help me.
“The only way you’ll form long-lasting habits is by applying the Power of Less: focus on one habit at a time, one month at a time, so that you’ll be able to focus all your energy on creating that one habit.” Leo Babauta
Creating a new habit is like learning to walk. First you gotta learn how to crawl. It’s like preparing to run a marathon. You don’t just put your shoes on and head on out for a lazy 42kms. You need to train and build yourself up. Creating a new habit is exactly the same.
The first step is to choose a habit that we want to implement. Just pick one habit for now.
Let’s make this habit something that is super easy. So easy that in 2 weeks time we have mastered it. It’s gotta be easy to achieve.
Simple is the name of the game here. This new habit has to be so simple in fact that you feel 90-100% confident that you can achieve it. If you’re 50/50 then choose a different habit. An easier, simpler one.
Write the habit down and make a plan for how you will master it. Make this part simple and easy to achieve also.
There needs to be a “trigger” to prompt you to do your new habit. Some sort of reminder. Let’s make sure that this new habit occurs at a convenient time of day so that we don’t get distracted or blow off the reminder. This App is awesome to give you the nudge you might need. https://www.coach.me
If you need to be accountable, check in with someone to let them know you’re on track. Do this daily.
Be consistent. You want to do your habit change at the same time every day, if possible.
Keep a positive attitude! Expect setbacks now and then, but just acknowledge them and move on.
Your only chance of success is to keep things really easy, to tackle one basic habit at a time. You need to practice the habit for 2 weeks consistently and build up your habit making fitness. Then before you know it you have a new habit.
So in time, after your confidence is higher, you can tackle another habit.
This post is out there for everyone to see now. So it’s up to me to implement these strategies so I can meditate everyday. I’ll let you all know how I’m going on my Facebook page.
Have a great week guys.
Keep it simple. Have fun. Stay focussed.