Last Updated January 2022 by Crystallace
I am writing this blog post in January because this is the time of year when I, like most people, attempt to create a new habit. For me this year, it’s actually sticking to my daily blogging schedule, going to the gym most mornings, and doing my nighttime skin care routine. But let’s be real, making new habits stick isn’t easy.
Btw I am trying to make a new habit of being more social so let’s be friends….
How to Make a New Habit Stick
This year you may be full of desire to be better at life, love, and business. I know I am, because I am every year. Every year I set goals for myself with the hopes of becoming a better woman and maybe you’re doing the same.
Hopefully, you’ve decided on a new habit you want to make permanent in your life or maybe even temporary. Or, maybe you’re still undecided.
Whichever one it is, you’re in the right place because I have got…
5 Tips to Help Make a New Habit Stick
Does it really take 21 days to create a habit?
Who knows? But there is this rule of thumb that experts swear by when it comes to how to making a new habit stick. It’s known as the 21/90 rule. It is the secret to getting a new habit to stick.
What is the 21/90 rule?
The 21/90 rule for making a new habit stick is pretty straight forward. First you choose a new habit, it can me personal or professional then you need to practice this new habit for 21 days straight. No exceptions!
It is important that every day during this 21 day period you practice and complete your new habit. That means if it is going to the gym you go and complete the entire routine. If it is skincare, you do it every night regardless of how late you got home or how tired you may be. If it is no social media for the first two hours of the day, no excuses!
No matter what, you stick to your new habit. Then, once that 21 day period is up, your new habit should be incorporated into your new way of life. In other words, after 21 days your new habit should stick.
Once your new habit is created and becomes routine for you, you’ll continue going for a 90-day duration. Each day remains focused on making this new habit stick. After your 21/90 day rule for new habits is completed, this new habit will become a regular part of your personal or professional life.
Now you can move on to create another new habit with this same 21/90 rule in mind.
Forming a new habit in 21 days is easier said than done
Here are 5 Tips to help…
Tip #1 Commit to 21 Days First Then 90 Days
That 21/90 rule we just discussed? Do that. Committing to the 21/90 rule will help you make your new habits stick. This will also offer you a chance to see if this new habit is one that works with your lifestyle.
Tip #2 Start Off Small
I must admit I am an overachiever when it comes to setting goals and starting new habits. You’re probably this way too. The thing is, this is quick way to fail at starting a new habit. If you really want to better your chances of having your new habit stick then you need to start small. Think of something small that you want to change in your life and let that be your first new habit.
Tip #3 Constantly remind yourself
Grab a bunch of different color post its and post them everywhere. Like in your car, on your bathroom mirror, on your computer screen. Constantly remind yourself to execute your new habit. This will help you stay committed.
Tip #4 Make a trigger
A trigger is a mental or physical reminder that you need to start your new habit. It can be an alarm clock or something similar.
Tip #5 Replace the need
If you’re replacing a bad habit with a new one then you’re going to need to replace the satisfaction that the old habit left you with. For example, if you’re replacing junk food with healthier choices you may struggle with a sweet tooth. Have a healthier replacement on hand to satisfy that need so that you’re not falling back into bad habits.
Remember that Creating New Habits Isn’t Easy
Making new habits stick, isn’t easy but if you want things to be different you have to do things differently. How will you ever reach your goals if you don’t try at them. Even when you fail, try again.
Take this tips and try creating that new habit. Who knows it may put you close to living a happier, healthier, and wealthier lifestyle.
What new habit are you starting this year? Let me know in the comments!