Forming a habit is surprisingly easy. In fact, we are all creatures of habits and find it hard to change once a habit has set in. It is therefore possible to use the same principle in your favor to create good habits. Your mind and body respond to your initiative making it easy to create new habits. There are principles that are useful to follow, backed by scientific research that help in creating good habits.
Start Small It is best to start with small incremental goals and then build up. Suppose you want to start walking everyday, starting even with a five minute walk at about the same time conditions your body to walking. You will find it easy to build it up.
Visual Cue it is useful to create a visual cue that reminds you about the habit you want to create. So if you want to walk, you could set out your walking shoes in a place where you will see them when you wake up in the morning. This cue will stimulate the habit.
Integrate into your Lifestyle if you are trying to acquire a new habit, its best to build it into your existing lifestyle. Therefore don’t wait for that holiday in Spain to start walking. Instead walk down the street or to your neighborhood temple if there is one close by.
Repetition it takes repetition to build the habit and being able to do it everyday for between ten and fifteen days works wonders in ingraining the habit. Post that, your body will naturally crave the habit, especially if there is a visual cue.
Reward yourself when ever you live the habit. Walking, naturally rewards you by releasing chemicals in your blood. However, do remember that eating a bar of chocolate is not a reward for walking for five minutes.
Cliffs are natural in the process of building a habit. Your desire or ability to get into the habit will die a sudden death without warning usually triggered by a break in your performing the habit. Go back to repetition as soon as possible.
It is amazing how we can use our natural instincts to build good habits. Use your powers to build the habits you want. Before you know it you will find yourself craving the habit.