The habits which we maintain creates our identity. They can make us stronger or weaker people. You can empower yourself by eliminating your negative habits. The activity begins with the decision to stop engaging in bad habits and to start performing good ones. Unfortunately, some of us are unable to sustain the momentum. The moment that you fail to perform one of the activities which constitute the new habit, you begin to miss engaging in old ones. Here are the most common mistakes that people do when wanting to form a new habit. Below are the mistakes that cause new habits to fail;
Changing too much, too soon
A new habit is best installed in baby steps. If you want to spend two hours each day writing your novel, start with a single sentence each day. One sentence accomplishes something exciting. It gets you in the habit of sitting down and writing when it’s time to write. That’s the most important first step.
*Start with small changes. Then increase the amount of time and effort when the habit of beginning is in place.
*Seek behavioral changes that are so easy, you can’t possibly fail.
Today, we are filled with information everywhere we go. We have various types of technological devices all around us. Examples of these are our smartphones, tablets and laptops. These devices help us to stay in touch with our families, friends, and co-workers. They are also great for entertainment. However, they can keep beeping and notifying us of what is going on in our social media accounts. This can distract us from our habit change effort. Therefore, whenever you are performing the activities which are necessary for habit change, switch off or put these devices away.
Expecting a new habit to be easy to install
Change is not easy. You will become complacent and lazy if you expect a new habit to be easy to implement. We’d all be rich, in shape and speak five languages if creating new habits were a simple matter. When I was learning to ride my bike I thought it was going to be easy. After all, my brothers were riding their bikes all over the place.
Having a vague perspective of your new habits
Vagueness never makes a positive contribution to anything. If you want to change your old, bad habits into new, good ones. you need to know exactly which habits you desire. According to research, you have a higher likelihood of sticking to positive habits if you make a conscious choice of exactly which one you want, when you want to do them and how you are going to go about it. There are some active strategies you can utilize to accomplish this. One of these is establishing an implementation intention. These strategies make it easier to develop permanent, positive habits to replace the negative ones in your life.
The Important Take Away
To experience a more fulfilling, rewarding life, you need to change your habits. This involves getting rid of all the old, negative ones and adopting new, positive ones. We make quite a number of mistakes in this endeavor and they prevent us from creating new permanent habits. These mistakes are indicated above along with their solutions. If you desire a positive change of any kind in your life, these solutions can help you to build a positive lifestyle which results in better habits and eventually a happier, more fulfilling life.
Above all, are the common mistakes that cause new habits to fail. We hope you learnt more about these common mistakes. Don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Live a happy and cheerful life.