The actions you take to achieve your goals are linked to the discipline you have. However, to be disciplined in your actions you need to foster good habits .
What Are Habits?
Habits are those little tasks or sharing that we do voluntarily.
Just as you must have well-defined objectives, you also have to consider the changes or actions that you must make to align your mind and your actions with your objectives.
For example, if your goal is to earn a college degree and you’ve already started college, having the habit of studying is what will allow you to move toward that achievement.
Habits are that engine that drives you to keep going .
Do you realize the importance of maintaining good habits?
There are studies that reveal that approximately 45% of what you do on a daily basis are acquired habits.
Likewise, there is other research that states that to develop good habits you must repeat this action for at least 21 days or a month .
Having the discipline to work on what you set out to do and being consistent in a daily routine is what will help you develop good habits.
So, when it comes to forming good habits, you must: analyze each of your daily routines, analyze your goals and determine what you need to change or what you need to incorporate into your routine, then start working hard on it.
Here is a practical guide to help you form good habits:
- Set Short Goals
No matter how much you want to achieve your goals, if you propose to achieve several of them at the same time, you will have failed in the attempt.
The ideal is to start with the changes little by little.
Once you have acquired a good habit, then start incorporating others little by little.
For example, if you want to walk daily, set time and daily route and thus you will increase the kilometers that you have proposed to travel, I assure you that it will be easy for you to achieve it progressively.
- Define A Plan And Follow It
It is not easy to change your habits, but all this will depend on your self-efficacy and control of your thoughts.
That is why the recommendation is to start with small steps, that are easy plans to fulfill in a certain way, since if you propose something super complex, that requires a lot of time or a lot of effort, it will cost you to start on the days when the willpower.
I remind you that obstacles are always going to appear, but you must be prepared to face any unforeseen situation.
Excuses like “I don’t have time”, “I don’t have what it takes”, “I forgot” are not worth your plans. NO!
Forget about excuses and act, excuses are the response of people who do not have the will to change.
- Activate Your Activity Notifications
While you form good habits and apply them day by day, create notifications on your mobile or activate the alarm on your watch so you can answer the call.
There is no use having a new purpose if we fulfill it one day and not the next.
Remember that to create a habit you must have daily routines for a period of time of at least a month.
To the extent that you are disciplined, you will have acquired good habits.
- Evaluate Your Progress
Just as you made an action plan, take time to review the results, whether they are favorable or not.
Examine your progress, how far have you progressed?
It is as if you were looking at the score of a game, you should be evaluating what score you have obtained.
I recommend that you do these evaluations on a monthly basis.
If you have failed, identify these questions: why? How could I improve? What should I change? Try again and take into account not to make those mistakes again.
Convince yourself that in order to create a new habit it is necessary to repeat it until you can do it voluntarily.
That is why the three “Ds” that I have always mentioned to you are important: Discipline, Determination and Diligence.
- Reward Your Achievements
When you achieve something that you have proposed, no matter how small, value it. Rewarding your achievements will motivate you to keep moving forward and not giving up.
With this I also want to make it clear that these rewards should not contradict your actions.
For example, if you have made a habit of eating healthy, sticking to a diet for a month, then your reward will not be overeating. Do you notice the difference?
The reward should be something that motivates you to continue and equal to your efforts.
Start today to create good habits, which will help you achieve your goals and improve your quality of life.