Episode 2: Habit Breaker, Dream Maker
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It’s no secret that forming new habits is often an uphill battle. In fact, anyone who has ever tried to change their routine can likely attest to the difficulty of sticking to their goals, regardless of how noble the cause may be. Why is it so challenging to make a new habit stick? Simply put, the mind is a stubborn thing that prefers to take the easy route. It tries to conserve energy by sticking to what it already knows and therefore puts up a fight whenever you try to change the status quo. But don’t worry. There are steps you can take to make the transition to new habits slightly easier. The number one key to creating a new habit is accountability.
You need to find someone to hold you accountable to your actions and goals because it’s very difficult to be accountable to yourself. Hiring a coach, whether it be a fitness trainer or a business mentor, can help you stay on track. Another option to stay focused is to form a team with a friend who has a similar goal. Having the support of someone can make forming new habits much easier, especially on the rough days when you just want to give up and need that added push to stay focused. It is said that it takes up to 66 days to form a habit.
The consistency of doing the routine each day, and fighting through the pain and resistance, is what makes the habit stick. To ease the transition, take small steps and gradually build up to your goal. For instance, if you’d like to start reading more, set aside five minutes before bed to read and slowly add time over the course of the month. Force yourself to follow the routine even if you don’t feel like doing it. Don’t get discouraged if you feel like it’s too difficult; it will eventually get easier as you create the discipline needed to successfully create your habit.
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