How To Use Habits To Achieve Your Goals
Great habits can be installed in your thinking, especially when you start small and then increase the complexity of the habit. Reading self-development books to improve your mindset is a wonderful habit. Research has shown, that only the most diligent people ever finish a book, including ones that could improve their lives. You know you need this habit, so chunk it down into simpler steps. Start by reading one self-development blog post per day. That should take anywhere between 10-15 minutes on average. Once you are doing that consistently, move it up to two blog posts per day. You want to gradually increase until you are reading an hour a day. Then you would move onto a top selling self-development book and start reading and underlining a chapter per day.
You might be thinking to yourself that it is a lot of reading, especially if you have not been a constant reader all your life. A great habit you can use, is give yourself more time in the day. Start getting up an hour a day at least…earlier than you normally do. To reach any of your goals, this is a good habit to build. You’ll have more time to spend on your fitness goals or doing some work on your financial planning.
What do you do after dinner hour? If your answer is watch the television, catch up on the news and the latest episode of your favorite program, guess what? You are wasting valuable time and probably installing some negative thinking. Watching the news is probably over 90% negative viewing. How close can you come to your life goals, if it is more important to watch a drama series?
Take that time instead and invest it in your physical and mental health. Imagine after dinner that you went for an hour walk. After returning, you feel alert and in a wonderful mood. Now you can work on making those big goals come true.
Get in the habit of making a task list before the evening ends. Actually you can change the name from task to “I want to do list,” if it helps you overcome any negativity towards the word task as in “this is work.” You want pleasure from what you do, so changing the words you use to describe something that doesn’t get you pumped right away, will really help your outlook.
Dinner is over and it is half-way to bed time. You start to feel the need for a snack and those cookies are starting to call your name. Instead of answering the call, head to the fridge and pick a light healthy snack. You do not want to put sugar into your body before bed. Healthy eating is a habit you should engage in all day long and especially at night. The North American population is obsessed with chips and pop at night while watching a movie or a sporting game. This is an obsession you want to drop. Install the habit of good food and plenty of water for rehydration. Your body and brain will work much better and in turn, you will have the proper energy for working on making your goals a reality.
With the habits above and life in general, get into the habit of not talking down to yourself. When you skip a night of healthy eating or slept in late, rather than getting up early, treat yourself with kindness. We all have setbacks, some minor and some major. It is the habit of how you react to your setbacks, which makes the difference. Acknowledge what happened and if need be, just grant yourself forgiveness. Then work on a plan to avoid the same thing happening again. The habit of being kind to yourself will pay you major dividends and of course, keep you on the path to goal achievement.