Kickoff for the #31habits to make or break series is right around the corner!
We're all so excited here! Before we get started I want to do a little housekeeping. Make sure you are subscribed by going here to get on the list so you don't miss anything, including freebies. Then confirm your subscription (and if you have gmail you might want to add me to your contacts so they don't end up in the “promotions” folder). My video invitation is here.
First, be prepared, some habits may be new for you or seem challenging, so I have tried to give you actionable insights as to how to make a new habit or break on old one with the highest chance for success. Some of the habits may be ones you already achieved success with, if so, we need you!
The best way to make or break a habit most successfully is having a community of people to cheer us on. Helping others achieve success leads you to sustained success. It's a win-win for all you nice guys (gals) out there! So, just remember if you get a habit in your inbox and you think, “I've got that one conquered” then please take a moment to share your success story, your tips or offer a little motivation to the rest of us!
Your encouragement might be just what the next person needs to have a break through.
“It is not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game ever starts.” – Addison Walker
I'm sure you've heard it takes 21 days to create a new habit. That's a myth. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but it actually takes much longer for a habit to become ingrained.
On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. (source)
How long doesn't really matter, what it boils down to is; habits can be hard work but they are worth it! We are initiating 31 life improving changes.
Think of the first thing you usually do when you wake up, it's usually the same thing, right? That's a habit. So don't think of habits as a chore to suffer through, but as another brick in a wall of habits you already have in place.
Habits are really not some big scary thing to be worked on during the new year. Habits are simply the things we do that make up the days of our lives. We can work on making good habits and breaking bad ones, all year long! It can be a fun way to do something productive with a group of like minded friends! Speaking of friends, make sure your friends are signed up to work on #31habits as well!
While we are working on our 31 habits we will probably make some mistakes or have a slip up. Remember there are no failures, just lessons… figure out where you went wrong and try again, and again and again!
Concerning our bad habits, the best way to break them is to replace them with a good habit!
Piggyback good habits
As for implementing good habits. What has worked for me is following up on an already existing habit by just adding on a new habit. I call this piggybacking good habits! This is a great way to get a new habit started. We will talk more about this in the series.
I have had a lot of success piggybacking habits using an app called HomeRoutines because they help you “rock your repeat-y things” which it does. I've been rocking my repeat-y things since the app first came out! If you like to check off lists, you'll like this app. On a side note it has Flylady and HabitHacker lists available to add if you already do those routines. Also, you can set reminders to help you with your new habits!
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
― Jim Ryun
Now put a smile on your dial because we're about to get started! Go sign up!