MoHow Posted By Dr. MO Forming habits is a skill. A skill that takes practice, and as with any skill, it’s best to start with the basics, at the smallest and easiest levels, and to practice until you’ve gotten the skill down pat.
In this post I am going to teach you how to establish the habit of being able to establish habits. To this you need to dedicate yourself for a period of thirty days to a 3xs a day routine of establishing a First Basic Habit and developing the discipline and patience to stay with, and focus on this habit without going on to anything else.
You can build on your success and begin to establish another small habit after 30 days. The key is to have the patience to work on only that First Habit for the first month.
Most of us have a bunch of habits we’d like to establish in our lives— from eating healthier foods, to more exercise, less drinking, and better financial management — and it’s hard not to try to attack them all at once. But if you approach them one at a time, you’ll have a much, much greater chance of success at all of them. Having the patience to do this won’t be easy, but remember: you have your entire life ahead of you.
Here’s how to implement this First Habit….
1. Commit Yourself. Commit to doing this First Habit for 30 days.
2. Am Habit. Every morning, when you wake up, silently read this to yourself: “Today, I start a new life. Today, I create a new, positive habit. The only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the difference in their habits. Good habits are the key to all success. Thus, I will: Form good habits and follow them completely. Today, I take control of my actions and behaviors. With these, I create my life and future.”
3. Noon Habit. Every day after you eat lunch, silently read your commitment to yourself.
4. Pm Habit. Every evening, just before you go to bed, read read your commitment out loud.
5. Tracking Habit. Create a chart or log, and each day give yourself a checkmark, gold star, or other such mark so that you can see that you’ve done the habit every single day. Don’t miss a day, no matter what. When you do it every day you will create a 3x-a-day habit that you can use to build upon for your next habit.
6. Future Habits. Make a list of what habits you’d like to work on, once you’ve successfully completed the First Habit.
7. Motivation. Use the support tools of the www.maintainmomentum.com website, of this blog, and the maintain momentum Facebook page to help you stick to your habit.
8. Celebration Time! Celebrate your successes along the way, and celebrate when you’re done!
So here’s your challenge: Commit to establishing this First Habit, morning noon and night, over a period of thirty days. That simple. Then you can move on to other habits.
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