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The Importance of Habits

The Importance of Habits

Personal growth is quite an enormous cauldron with many ingredients. But only a few of them are as crucial as habits.

We all want to make positive changes in our lives. And we embark on these journeys often unprepared – armed only with many resolutions and high motivation.

Yet, all too often, these noble intentions fail in front of the challenges life throws at us. And we ended up having more questions than when we started.

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The Habit-Hacking Formula

The Habit-Hacking Formula

What did I do wrong this time?

How can I become better at this?

So, let’s answer all those questions together. Join me and learn how to transform your routines and build habits that can last forever.

I will give you my habit-hacking formula and a great infographic to track your progress. But first, let me introduce you to the world of habits and how they work.

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The Challenge

The Challenge

You are reading an excerpt from The Challenge, a newsletter where I discuss self-improvement, goal-setting, habits, time management, and health tips and tricks.

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  • a challenge to pursue to improve your life
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Goal vs. Purpose Habits (1)

Goal vs. Purpose Habits (1)

Building habits is a simple thing. Our species has done it for millions of years. And our ability to automate activities gave us the power to evolve in many fields. But we have always done it out of intuition.

If you try to build a habit deliberately, you must know how it works. Otherwise, you will fail.

When I started with personal growth, I failed many times because I had to figure out what I was doing. And every time I failed, I learned something new.

So, let’s start with a definition – what’s a habit? Have you ever wondered?

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Goal vs. Purpose Habits (2)

Goal vs. Purpose Habits (2)

It’s easy to find a simple answer. A habit is a repetitive action we do every day. But that’s not enough to understand how to build one.

First, you must understand the difference between Goal Habits and Purpose Habits.

  • Goal Habits are tasks that imply success or failure every time you finish them. And every repetition is independent.
  • Purpose Habits are tasks you must repeat to achieve a long-term goal that defines your life.

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How long does it take to build a habit?

How long does it take to build a habit?

You can find many answers online to this question. Everybody tries to sell you the fastest way to build healthy habits. But unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

According to science, you will build a habit between 18 and 254 days. And this wide range depends on many things:

  • your predisposition for the habit
  • the type of habit (goal or purpose-based)
  • and the formula you use to build it.

You can’t control the first two factors of the formula. But you can become better at building automatic, repetitive tasks.

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How to Build Habits That Last Forever

How to Build Habits That Last Forever

It took me years to discover how my body works and how to build lasting habits. But talking with some of you, I found out we are similar. And many of you experienced the same things.

Therefore, I wrote this habit-building formula to help everyone in this community who wants to improve.

I split the formula into six steps:

  1. Map your habits.
  2. Bind them to new activities.
  3. Build a mental roadmap.
  4. Fit your tasks into your schedule.
  5. Use rewarding systems carefully.
  6. And build a 21-day habit challenge.

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1 – Map your habits.

1 – Map your habits.

First, you must map your habits to understand your good and bad tendencies. And you can use these as entry points for other habits you want to build.

For example, if you have a strong, simple habit like brushing your teeth, you can link it to a new habit like reading. And every time your brain triggers the first habit, it will also carry on the second.

But that will only work if your first habit is strong enough. So, how can you measure habit strength?

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Habit Strength Formula

Habit Strength Formula

You can use this simple formula to give each habit a score between 0 and 100.

Strength = Context Independence x Motivation Threshold

  • Context Independence (0-10) defines how much the environment influences your habit. The less it does, the higher you will score.
  • Motivation Threshold (0-10) is the mental strength you need to engage with the habit. The higher the motivation you need, the lower the score.

You can rank your habits strength as:

  • Strong with a score above 70.
  • Medium with a score between 50 and 70.
  • And weak scores below 50.

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2 – Bind your habits. (1)

2 – Bind your habits. (1)

Once you have a map, it’s time to use it to find the treasure, right?

In this case, the treasure is your ability to build new habits. So, how can you find it?

It’s simple. Just bind your strong and medium habits to new things you want to try.

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2 – Bind your habits.

2 – Bind your habits.

You can use this simple pattern:

"After/Before [habit you already have], I will [habit you want to build]."

But there are a few things you might consider.

  • Don’t bind medium-strength habits with new things that don’t excite you. They won’t have enough power to carry them.
  • Also, you can bind new healthy activities to bad habits. So, every time you do something bad, you compensate for it. And hopefully, in the long run, you get rid of the unhealthy part.

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3 – Build a mental roadmap.

3 – Build a mental roadmap.

Most habits we want to build fail before even starting. And that’s because we never have time to introduce those new activities into our routines.

But a simple visualization exercise could do the trick!

You will likely start a new habit if you visualize the exact steps it will take to achieve it at least once. And there are plenty of studies that show that. Huberman talked a lot about it on his podcast (which I also used as a starting point for this article.) Here you can find the full episode: The Science of Making & Breaking Habits .

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4 – Fit your tasks into your schedule.

4 – Fit your tasks into your schedule.

You won’t have any benefits in terms of consistency if you schedule a habit. However, we are busy people. We are full of commitments. So, a strict schedule can help us track everything we wish to do.

  • As you wake up, dive into physical exercise and external activities. Use it for exhausting activities with high returns.
  • Then, your serotonin levels will rise. So, you want to slow down with relaxing activities like yoga, meditation, or other self-reflection habits.
  • And finally, you have to go to sleep. So keep this time for activities that help you transition into sleep.

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5 – Use rewarding systems carefully.

5 – Use rewarding systems carefully.

Have you ever noticed that part of the happiness we get for completing a task comes from thinking we are about to finish it?

Studies show that the expectation of a reward can already release dopamine in our brains. And those feelings grow even bigger when we succeed. But there’s also a downside.

If you anticipate your success and then fail, the failure will also hit stronger. So, you must be careful when using a reward system because it can become a nightmare if you are not disciplined .

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6 – Build a 21-Day Habit Challenge

6 – Build a 21-Day Habit Challenge

Now that you know everything about habits, it’s time to create some. So, I will give you a technique I learned from Huberman that helped me build new habits consistently. I call it the 21-Day Habit Challenge.

  • First, list six new habits you want to try over the next 21 days. I expect you to build only four of five of them.
  • Every day, you will try to achieve all your habits.
  • Chunk the 21 days in slots of two days.
  • After 21 days, only keep those habits that became part of you and brought good changes in your life.
  • Repeat those habits for 21 more days until you reach automation.

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THE CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK

First, start by identifying the healthy habits you already have. Then, connect them to six new habits you want to cultivate and take on the 21-Day Habit Challenge.

[SUBSCRIBE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE TRACKING INFOGRAPHIC]

THE CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK

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Books of the Month

Books of the Month

Here are some books you can buy through my Amazon referral links to support The Challenge.

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Passionate about self-improvement, personal growth, finance, and creativity. I love to inspire people to become the better version of themselves. Author @ www.cosmopolitanmindset.com

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