If you want success — build a habit.
Are humans really “creatures of habit?”
Most of us probably hate habits and don’t have any at all. If we do have a habit, it might be one of those pesky bad habits.
Habits are a really important tool in getting us closer to achieving our goals.
There is no moment like the present to take an inventory of your goals, and start building some habits that will help you achieve them.
Habits can help achieve a goal that seems insurmountable, in an organized and thoughtful way.
So if we are going to try this whole habit thing — how should we start?
Well, you should just start.
This seems obvious, but it‘s important to get into a mindset of urgency. A day not working on your habit is a day wasted, which will set you back.
Don’t get caught up in the end game, and just start working on setting a habit for yourself.
Let’s say your goal is to run the New York City marathon. To date, you’ve never run more than a mile at a time. You sit there wondering how in the hell you will go from 1 mile to let alone 26.
Break the goal down into smaller micro-goals to start building a habit. For example, you might get a calendar and schedule a distance to run everyday. Day one begins with a mile. Day two will be running 1.2 miles. Day three may be 1.5 miles.
Everyday you are building your running habit. Achieving these micro-goals through a daily habit, will go a long way in motivating you to achieve your ultimate goal — running the full marathon.
Celebrate your wins.
Now that you are running almost everyday, give yourself a pat on the back. Be proud! You are building a new, healthy habit day by day which is an investment in yourself that will pay dividends.
When keeping your habit starts to become tough and you need motivation — which will happen — your past wins will help carry you forward.
Think about what happens if you quit.
There will be days when you just want to quit.
It will be the end of a long work day, and you will be tired and unmotivated to work on your habit. In these moments, think about what it means if you quit right then and there.
Is the habit your are building important to your health? Will breaking the habit adversely affect your well being?
Is the habit your are building important to your wealth? Will breaking the habit adversely affect your finances?
Is your habit important to your family? Will breaking the habit hurt them in any way?
Prepare yourself — because this may suck.
Building a habit will be hard and the fruits of your labor won’t be immediate. You will get frustrated, demotivated and tired.
But habits, over time, compound and get you closer to an achievement that once seemed so distant.
Start building your strong habit today so you can thank yourself tomorrow.