Not all habits are bad

Some studies say that it takes at least three weeks to develop a habit. Once you start a new routine, and you continuously practice this new behavior on a regular basis without thinking about it, then it has become a habit. When you make a conscious decision to start something new it is important to try your hardest to be very consistent at first. Initially it may be more of a challenge, but eventually it will become easier. I wanted to discuss some tips on how we can create some new healthy habits and keep them.

Healthy habits like going to the gym, eating healthy, taking vitamins/supplements, and drinking enough water are just some of the simpler routines that one should develop for life. I often hear people say how hard it is for them to keep up with what seem to be simple tasks; things that are a normal part of my everyday routine. Then I realized it was because these things had not yet become a habit in their lives. Many people do well with these things for a short period of time and then ending up giving up when it doesn’t stick right away. Working with many people with different goals and different personalities types, I began to notice a few common things that helped everyone develop and keep their healthy habits.

First and foremost, we all need to realize that we are all human and no one is perfect. If you are striving for perfection right away, then you are setting yourself up for failure. Chances are it may take multiple attempts before you get it right.

Second is to learn from your mistakes. Try figuring out why you didn’t accomplish what you set out to do the first time and try not to repeat this pattern. If you are aware of what your challenges are and where your typical stumbling blocks lie, then you may be able to avoid them in advance. When you see yourself starting to slip, you can nip that behavior in the bud.

Third is to praise yourself when you succeed. Take time to be proud of yourself once you accomplish a new goal and a new habit is set in place.

Lastly, consistency is the key, so don’t limit yourself and don’t ever give up. Sometimes we may be afraid to fail when it comes to accomplishing a new goal. The only limitations we that we have in life are the ones we create for ourselves.

Lets all start today by breaking old habits good and setting new and healthy ones in their place that will allow us to live a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life!!!