There’s increasing evidence that it’s not enough to learn a new skill or sign up for the gym. To succeed you need to turn that skill or commitment into a habit. Here are four benefits of forming good habits.
1. Habits are easy to create, and change!
It’s easy to form a habit, whether it’s good or bad. You can choose to form a habit of getting up early for a run or staying in bed. It’s totally up to you, and you can choose to change a habit any time you like.
You can choose every day whether to eat healthily or not. But the more you choose the positive option, the more it becomes second nature, and before you know it, you’ll be reaching for the smoothie instead of the donut, without a thought.
2. Good habits make it easier to reach your goals
Once you’ve set your goals, you can adjust your behavior to make it more likely that you’ll achieve them. Establishing a daily habit is the first step to achieving success
If you want to lose weight, you can choose to get into the habit of exercising and eating healthier options. Running every day will mean you’ll become ready to compete in that triathlon.
3. Habits keep you focused
Once you’ve set a good habit, it becomes much easier to stick to your plan. If something is part of your routine, you don’t have to convince yourself to do it every day. You can also build new habits onto old ones, such as making sure you do meditation or yoga routine immediately before you brush your teeth. That way you’re much more likely to stick to your commitment.
4. Habits are foundational
If you want to achieve your life goals, setting positive habits can become your building blocks to success. Make it a habit of paying bills straightaway, and you’ll never be paying penalties or jeopardize your credit rating. If you get into the habit of getting to the office early and clearing your emails, you’ll become known for your dedication and efficiency.
Interpersonal habits can be important too. Make it a habit to acknowledge the things your partner does for you, or when your children behave well make them feel appreciated. Choose to create positive rituals like being grateful for all the good things in your life, and you will set yourself up for positivity and happiness!