According to experts, it takes approximately 28 days to form a new habit. Pretty simple when you think about it yet how many times have you started a new habit only to have it fall by the way side a couple of days later? This article will outline the 7 steps to developing a new habit.
Make a decision– This is the first step in anything that we want to do in life. Don’t go back and forth; wondering if this was the right move. How many times have you spoken with a business lead where you have given a stellar presentation and they tell you they have to think about it? That is because they are afraid to make a decision, period! It is not rocket science, just make a decision.
No Exception– Once your decision is made it is time to take action. Many of us start off pretty good, and then life gets in the way. You know what I mean; your child is sick and has to stay home from school. Your car needs a repair. You hear 5 no’s in a row. These are part of life, like it or not. Your success will depend upon how you handle what happens to you.
Accountability– You would be doing yourself a serious injustice if you don’t have an accountability partner. Many people have this confused. This is meant to hassle you or make you feel like a child. Being accountable to someone is designed to keep you on track towards achieving your goals. It is very easy to get off track if you are not focused. However, being able to pick up the telephone and let someone know what you accomplished and what you are working on is a very powerful way to develop a new habit.
Visualize– Every starts in your mind! This article, for example, started as a thought in my mind before one letter was typed. The same applies to you developing a new habit. You must first see in your mind what it is that you want to accomplish. What does it look like once you have accomplished it and how do you feel? Do you have a vision board? If so, great, but I challenge you to create a vision wall.
Create an affirmation– An affirmation is simply something that you declare to be true. Create some affirmations that will support you in the development of your new habit. Perhaps, “I am a leader” or “I attract business minded individuals who want to work with me”. I cannot say enough about the power of affirmations to change one’s mindset and put you on the course of successfully creating a new habit.
Persist– I am currently reading The Greatest Secret in the World, by Og Mandino. If you have not read this book, I strongly urge you to do so. The third scroll in this classic says “I will persist until I succeed”. How many times have you promised yourself that this time will be different? This time you will lose the weight or manage your finances with a fine tooth comb. Perhaps you have even said that you are tired of living pay check to paycheck and you have gotten started in a business only to give up after 3 months. Leaders know that they must persist, no matter what.
Reward– If you have successfully committed to the first 6 steps then you absolutely deserve step 7which is to reward yourself. After all, you have to take time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. You absolutely deserve to live the life that you love. You owe it to yourself and you owe it to the universe.