Five Easy Steps for Developing Good Habits

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How can you develop good habits?

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”Lao Tzu

Do you have some behaviors you would like to change? For example do you smoke, overeat, procrastinate or stress out over everything?

You are doing these things because you have trained yourself to do them. You are doing them as a habit.

A habit is no more than a cue that makes you run an automatic routine that gives you a reward of some kind.

For example, you are bored so you reach for a cigarette. Why do you have this habit?

If you examined your habit you might find that in the past when you were bored you would go outside and stand and talk with other smokers. Your break reduced your boredom because you had people to talk with. Now when you are bored you automatically reach for a cigarette, even though there is no one to talk with.

You have associated a reward (talking with others or reducing your boredom) with your routine (smoking a cigarette). Every time the cue (boredom) arises you satisfy it with your smoking routine.

In order to give up your smoking habit you need to replace it with a more empowering habit. The following are five steps for helping you make new, more empowering habits.

1) Visualize your Goal

Hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming use visualization techniques to help you shift your behaviors to form a good habit. That’s because visualization helps you focus on what you want.

So if you want to drop your smoking habit visualize how it will be once you’ve given up your smoking behavior. How will you feel, what will you look like, and what will people be saying to you?

Visualizing what you want pulls you in the direction of your new habit.

2) Determine Your Reward

It’s a fact that no one likes change. So in order to make a change you need to determine what you’ll get from making the change,

Let’s say your doctor has told you that you need to lose weight. While you probably won’t lose weight to please your doctor you probably will lose weight if you have the right reward.

To determine your reward you might ask, “What will happen if I change my eating and exercise habits?”

Your reward might be feeling slim and trim and more attractive to the opposite sex. If might be that you’ll just feel better about yourself. It might be that you’ll be around longer for your loved ones,

Whatever it is, figure out the reward you’ll receive by making the change. This will motivate you to get started and keep going.

3) Have a Plan of Action

Now that you know your reward, what do you have to do to receive it?

Going back to your decision to adopt a healthy weight management plan, what step do you have to take to reduce your weight?

This might include exercising for 30 minutes five days a week, reducing your calorie intake by watching your portion size, eating more fruits and vegetables instead of sweets and chips and drinking water instead of soda or fruit juice.

4) Take Action

This is the step that separates success from failure, you need to take action.

You have decided to lose weight or quit smoking. How are you going to do this?

For example, you want to lose weight and have decided to exercise five days a week. You’re going to do this by following an exercise video a friend recommended to you.

Now every weekday morning instead of watching the news you plug in the video and exercise for 20 minutes.

If you’ve decided to give up the smoking habit, what steps are you going to do to help you? Are you going to join a support group, start an exercise routine or make an appointment with a hypnotherapist?

Whatever you decide to do you need to keep your word to yourself and take action. It’s that simple.

5) Stick to Your Plan for Four Weeks

In order to give yourself a chance, you need to keep your commitment to yourself for four weeks.

This can be a sticking point for many people. If this happens to you, get help. Join a support group, work with a coach, do whatever it takes to stay on track.

Staying on track for four weeks helps you to develop your new, more empowering habit.

Use these Steps to Start Your Good Habits Today!

The change you desire will not happen by itself. You need to do something different. You need to change your habits.

In order to change your habits you need to adopt different behaviors. These new behaviors will give you the good habits you desire.

Just follow these five steps for one month and let them help you succeed!


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