You don’t need to have 100 good habits to make your life better. Just 12 habits are plenty to completely turn your life around.
Of course, it’s important to choose effective habits. The right habits put your success on autopilot. If you’re doing the right things each day, good things happen. It’s as certain as gravity.
We’re two months into a new year. Most people, including yourself, may have decided on some goals for the year. Many use these resolutions and yearly dreams to propel them to enhance the quality and achievements in their lives. However, by the time a few months have passed the commitment to the decision wanes. Using this method of attacking goals month by month helps to break down your year into simpler attainable sections.
2. Make a list of all the habits that would aid in reaching those goals. Take a look at your most important goals and consider all of the habits that would help you to reach those goals. List every possible habit you can think of no matter how small it might be. We’re not judging them yet, so list them all.
3. Prioritize those habits. Some habits are far more effective than others. Take your list of habits and put them in order from most effective to least. Take as much time to do this as you need. Be honest with yourself. The most effective actions are often the least enjoyable.
4. Make a plan. Start with the first habit, and develop a plan for how you can implement it in 30 days. Let’s suppose that your first goal is to go to the gym each day for 45 minutes and alternate days between cardio and lifting weights.
5. Start with only one goal. Keep it to one goal. It might seem more effective and much faster to put all the habits into action at once, but it works better, and the results are more long-lasting to do it one at a time. Twelve good habits over a year are life-changing.
6. Put all of your energy and focus on that one goal. That one goal has to be a huge priority. This is your life you’re talking about. Be 100% determined to be successful this time.
7. Do it daily. Daily actions are easier to turn into habits than things you only do a few times a week.
8. Plan your energy. People often plan their time without considering their energy levels. For example, some people prefer to go to the gym in the morning rather than in the evenings. Everyone’s different. Therefore, plan your time, but plan it around your normal energy levels.
9. Keep your eye on the big picture. These habits might not be enjoyable in the short term. However, if you keep your attention on the benefits you’ll gain, it will make things easier.
10. Track your results. Track your results. You might be tracking pounds of body weight, dollars, pushups, or hours of piano practice. Tracking your results is motivating.
After 30 days, add another habit. Keep going until you’ve added all 12. Just 12 habits will make a huge difference!
HERE’S A SIMPLE EXAMPLE:
1. Goal: Having a healthier body and mind
2. Habits: Some of the 12 habits could include:
3. Priority: You may decide that of the 12 habits, exercising is of most importance. And then later eating well, reading inspirational books and so forth.
4. – 10. Plan To Results:
You might decide to go to the gym each day for 45 minutes and alternate days between cardio and lifting weights. You could proceed this way:
Remember, you won’t be able to do everything at once. Try life-hacking one step at a time until you’ve formulated numerous well-meaning habits. Then looking back over a period of years you would have seen massive improvements in the things you aim for. Which habit will you choose?