Healthy habits are hard to create. We’ve all been there. We get an idea in our head and start to make massive changes
Here’s the thing. It can work. You just need a system and a better understanding of what change, true change, to the core of your being change, really takes. It’s not overnight. There’s going to be a lot of times where you want to quit. It doesn’t matter if it’s fitness, clean eating, productivity, or business related, the steps are all the same. In the end, creating healthy habits simply means replacing bad habits with something that you find more desirable. A new you.
So let’s break it down. Ten tips that will you not only create healthy habits but stick to them long term.
1. Start with support
You need a bestie, a ride or die, or a stranger on the internet, to keep you going. Forming a habit is a long term commitment and it only works if you have accountability. Make sure there’s at least one person out there who is going to guilt you, just a little if you think about quitting. The more accountable you feel in the beginning, the more likely you are to keep going. All new habits need is time.
2. Have a goal
Pick a goal that is just a little bit scary. One that you would have to really push yourself to achieve. Maybe it’s running your first race. Feeling confident enough in a swimsuit to
3. Reward your effort
This is an absolute must! Decide now what your milestones are going to be on your way to your goals. Can you set a series of smaller goals that will lead you towards accomplishing the final vision? (If you have no idea how to do that, check out this goal worksheet) At each interval, celebrate. Do something nice for yourself. Tell your support system and let them celebrate with you. The small actions that propel you forward are a great accomplishment. If you leave this step out, the days will start to feel too hard, and like your work and effort has no value. Give it value. Celebrate the in-betweens.
4. Embrace the now
Who you are now, in this place, at this moment, is different from any person you have ever been before. Stop comparing your 30 something self to who you were in your 20s. The ability to stay up late working endless hours before you had kids to the sheer exhaustion that rolls around at
5. Give yourself grace
The old cliché rings true, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. When tackling a change of any kind, you have to be open to a few bumps in the road. You may fall off the wagon. You may need to start over, all the way back at day one, more than once. The harder you are on yourself for failing, the less likely you are to keep trying. So just remember, growth is simple, stand up more times than you fall down.
6. Make it a lifestyle
Whatever your goal is, your whole life is going to need to change in order to accommodate it. From the moment you wake up until the moment you fall asleep, every action should be in support of your new habit. If you’re trying to drink less coffee (first of all, shame on you) replace a few cups with water. Then start getting up and going for short walks when you feel the need for a pick me up. A simple, single change, will snowball into a whole new lifestyle. When every action sets you up for success, you’ll be well on your way.
7. Change takes time
This isn’t an overnight thing. Habits take more time than you think. I know there’s a lot of buzz around habit forming and there has been for years. Most people say that it takes 21 days to form a habit. But did you know that it’s actually a minimum of 21 days? Yeah! Studies show that it actually takes an average of 66 days for a habit to truly take hold.
8. Take pictures
Make sure you find a way to document your progress. If your goal is visual in any way, take pictures. Take a fitness goal, for example. So many people don’t realize that while your weight may stay the same but your shape can change drastically without you realizing it. Take photo documentation of your progress. Trying to keep a cleaner home? Take photos. Trying to post more consistently on social media? Take pictures!
9. Keep doing what works
Here’s an important one. If you hit a groove that’s working for you, but may not be the same way others are doing it, just keep going. Put
10. It’s gotta be fun
Look, if it sucks, you’re not going to do it. You have to find something in between doing whatever you want and getting to your goal in a reasonable time frame. Find a way to make it fun.