Make it habitual : Steps to start creating new habits

“New pattern development is largely determined by the “intensify of emotion” that accompanies the decision to begin acting in a particular way”. – Philip Andrew

  • All my information about this blog post is credited to the book, The New Habit : 7 Steps To Develop a New Habit by Philip Andrew.

Medium complexity habits (Can be developed in 14 to 21 days through practice and repetition). 

Examples : 

  • Getting up early 
  • Exercising each morning
  • Starting a new diet and eating healthy 
  • Planning every day in advance 

  What I realized from the people that I follow on this site is that they are consistent with their posting of blog entries regardless of the content. Some post daily, some a few times a week, and some have specific times and dates, but they all have one thing in common and that this type of activity is habitual. Below are six ways people can develop a habit and be committed to it without faltering. 

The 8 daily habits of designers and artists, illustrated by Sam Island -  Digital Arts

1). Make a decision  

  • First you’ve got to make a decision. You’ve got to clearly come up with a strategy on how you’ll embark on your journey to changing your habits. 

2).  Never allow an exception to your new habit

  •  Don’t let yourself off the hook or do something you planned half ass. Commitment is essential to habits to become an everyday routine, i.e. Getting up at 6AM will need to become a discipline until it becomes automatic. 

3).  Tell others you are practicing a new behavior 

  By informing friends and family your practices in a new particular behavior will give you a support system and an “audience” that will encourage you and see if you have the willpower to persevere and accomplish your resolutions.

Change Your Habits, Change Your Life

4). Visualize your new habit  

Visualize yourself in the process of performing or behaving in a particular way or situation. By consistently doing this, you’ll become more familiar with the new habit and find appreciation in it. This will cause your subconscious mind to accept it and thus will become automatic. 

6 Unexpected Ways to Create Good Habits--And Actually Keep Them | Inc.com

5). Create an affirmation

By encouraging yourself with affirming statements consistently you’ll become persistent without neglecting or partially completing a particular behavior that you want as a new habit. 

6). Resolve to persist  

    Once the new habit becomes automatic, you’ll feel uncomfortable if you didn’t accomplish what you set out to do. 

7). Reward yourself 

By rewarding yourself for practice in your new habits, you’ll reaffirm and reinforce the behavior. Soon enough you’ll associate at an unconscious level the pleasure of the reward with the behavior. 

Hacking Your Brain's "Reward System" to Change Habits — Dr. Jud

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