If I were to ask you, “Do you have any bad habits?”, what would you come up with? We tend to be pretty harsh on ourselves a lot of the time, so you’d probably start reeling off a long list! If you asked me the same question, I could tell you at least 5 in one breath…I won’t reveal what they are as our bad habits always seem kind’ve embarrassing right?
But what makes a habit negative? Some habits we think are really awful probably aren’t that bad, and others that we don’t even notice might be the ones we need to change. So rather than starting with things we need to stop (if you see what I mean!), let’s think about how to identify habits that we want to start.
When you are busy creating new habits to improve your life, remember that you can have a new habit for each area of your life. You don’t have to be restricted to just healthy habits or just regular daily habits. There are many different types of habits that will benefit you greatly.
Where Are You Falling Behind?
Before creating your first new habit, think of where in your life you are falling behind. This doesn’t mean you are an outright failure, but just an area of your life where you don’t focus as much attention as the other areas of your life. Most people have at least one.
This might mean you work hard but neglect your health. Or you eat very healthily, but you have trouble saving money. Maybe you don’t get enough sleep because you are always distracted at night. This can tell you what areas need improving first before moving on to other habits.
What Do You Complain About the Most?
Another way to figure out where your new habits should start is based on what you tend to complain about. Think about the last time you complained to someone or yourself about what isn’t going your way, or what isn’t working in your life.
Do you complain that you are always late to work? What about the fact that your bills are late or your clothes don’t fit? Are you frustrated because you never have enough time to get everything done? These are good signs of where your habits should start.
Choosing Your New Habits
Remember that even if you come up with a list of new habits to form in your life, you still want to start with just one at a time. Even if you have 5 small habits all for the same end result, you want to start with just one of them before moving on to the next.
How do you know it is time to develop a new habit? When the last one you created is something you don’t even have to think about anymore. That is when you know you are ready for the next habit.
Everyone gets stuck in habitual behavior every day of their life, even if they don’t realize it. Habits aren’t always something you constantly think about. It might be your cup of coffee in the morning or the way you drive to work. What you want to do now is to create new habits that will further improve your health and your life.
So what will your first habit be? Maybe you know it instinctively but have been avoiding making the change. Or perhaps, after reading this article, you have a clearer idea of where to start. Remember baby steps are the way forward, so start with one and focus on it until it becomes something you don’t even think about. Good luck!