How are your New Year Resolutions going? Do you need an
Ask any millionaire, and they’ll tell you that being wealthy
is a lifestyle. You’ll get the same response from fitness experts, industry
leaders, and influential people. A person is only a culmination of their good
and bad habits, and there is a ton of evidence to support that.
Of course, not everybody wants to be a millionaire or to lose
40 pounds before the year ends. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t
form new habits this year. The thing about habits is that they are very
difficult to form and even harder to break, but the payoff from creating and
keeping good habits is immense, and bad habits can have a truly destructive
Think about the chronic smoker who started out with two
cigarettes a day and is now smoking two entire packs every single day. In the
same breath, think about the person who started 2018 as an overweight
individual, but has now lost all their excess weight and still goes to the gym
three times a week. The difference between these people is simple: they picked
up different habits at the beginning of the year.
The science behind habit-forming has been studied for years.
Researchers at Cornell University say that the average adult human being makes
roughly 35,000 conscious decisions each day. 200 of these decisions are made on
the choice of food alone! It is, therefore, no surprise that once we’ve reached
our decision-making capacity, we automatically resort to our habits. This is
why it is super important to create good habits because otherwise your default
action after a long, stressful day of making decisions would be resorting to
How to Create New Healthy Habits and Make Them Stick
On paper, forming habits is quite straightforward. Want a
better-looking body? Exercise frequently. Want to be smarter than your
classmates? Study more often. Want to be rich and successful? Make it a habit
of managing your time and money. It sounds easy, but it isn’t because
ultimately our habit-forming abilities are hinged on our willpower.
Willpower is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger
it gets. Adapt it to tough situations, and it gets even stronger. However, push
too hard, and willpower collapses too. In the end, willpower is best used in
short, effective bursts. Therefore, the best way to create new habits is by
making it as simple as possible to retain the habit. How do you achieve
Identify the Habit You Wish to Form, then Break It Down Into Little
If you want to achieve a specific goal by the end of the
year, think about the process first. See how you can break it into bite-sized
sections that you will easily remember to do each day. For example, if it’s a
better body you want, focus on getting every day’s exercise done no matter what
it takes. If you want to be a better writer, focus on reaching your targeted
word count every day. Focusing on
the goal will only get you discouraged, but paying attention to the steps will
keep you focused on doing your part every day.
Expect Failure, and Learn From It
The truth is that you will slip and fall along the way. There
is no way around failure, but there is a surefire way to get past it, and that
is to keep going. Accept failure, not as a sign of your lack of strength, but
as a test of your resolve. The best part about moving on from failure is that
you become so used to failing that it no longer has the power to stop you from
achieving your goals.
In 2019, try and create at least one good habit and stick
with it for the rest of the year. Whether it is going to sleep earlier, working
out regularly, or eating better, a good habit sticks with you for life, and you
will be reaping its benefits long after your body becomes adapted to it.
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