5 Powerful Steps to Developing a New Habit

As we start a new year many of us have the intention of making real changes in our lives that will benefit us financially, our family and friends but in reality most of the resolutions we make last only a few weeks at best. Why? We don’t properly create a habit to reach the goals we set. Below are 6 Steps to Developing a New Habit…

1.PLAN AHEAD

Before you begin to develop your habit there is a need to plan ahead. Look to your calendar and pick a day for you to begin your new habit. The next step is to throw any temptation out of reach. Tell others of what you plan to do and ask them to respect your decision and not to put temptation in your way.

Another part of the planning process is to make a clear decision as to what you are going to do and when. Look to what it is you are wanting to achieve and write it down somewhere that you can see it on a daily basis and remind yourself of what you want to achieve.

With a clear decision having been made and a date that is set, you are almost prepared to begin your new habit.

“Plan your work and work your plan.” — Napolean Hill

2. DON’T TRY AND DO IT ALONE

It is far easier to try and find someone to share your new habit with. When you have a friend who is trying to develop the same habit, you can help each other to stay accountable. If you do not have a friend doing the same thing, consider a support group of others who are trying to develop the same habit.

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” — Mother Theresa

3. PROPER GOAL SETTING

While I am a firm believer in setting BIG GOALS, one area that most people fail is when they set big goals and they don’t have a clear path to achieve them. One way to combat this is to break down your goals into smaller chunks, like weekly, monthly and quarterly.

Once you have reached a goal that you have set for yourself, look to reward yourself. Rewards can be big such as a new hair style or a outfit. Other rewards could be smaller ones such as a coffee at your favourite coffee shop. Whatever rewards you decide on, remember that you have worked hard for this reward and you deserve it.

“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going.” — Earl Nightingale

4. HOW TO DEAL WITH FAILURE

There will be times when you are tempted to break the very habit you are trying to create. Ways to deal with this and keep your habit going include:

  • Calling a friend who has the same goal or mindset
  • Visualise your own success
  • Believe in yourself
  • Keep a journal

Even if you do break the habit, there is no need to end things there. Instead just remember that tomorrow is another day and look to start again. Some people will just look to one day at a time and each day the habit is kept is a small victory. Just remember WHY you chose to develop the habit and keep at it.

“I like failure, its part of the game…in fact, I love failure.” — Gary Vaynerchuk

5. USE A PLANNER

Using a planner like Grant Cardone’s 10X Planner (BEST PLANNER I HAVE EVER USED!) can be a great way to record your success and your thoughts. Even when it feels as though you are not doing well it can be useful to record reasons why you think you are not doing well and what you can do to improve.

This planner can be used to read at times when you are tempted to break your new habit by visiting your original thoughts and goals. Even when you enjoy success, recording your thoughts will help you to remember what it feels like to reach success.

It is helpful to review how you are doing with your habit from time to time. This will enable you to visit back to what works and what may not work for you. Constant reviewing will keep you on track to realizing the goals you have set for yourself.

“This aint your daddy’s planner.” — Grant Cardone

I would love to hear about your successes. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at mike@mikescottnow.com @mikescottnow on Twitter or go to my website at www.mikescottnow.com