How to Build New Habits: This is Your Strategy Guide
"Success is a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day."
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Much of human behavior follows a predictable cycle: trigger, behavior, reward.
For behaviors that you want to do, the goal is to make triggers salient, the behavior easy, and the reward as...
In habit speak, don’t underestimate the power of everything around you to act as a trigger.
A better option than relying purely on willpower is to consciously design your environment to remove the temptations that regularly get in the way of what you’re trying to do.
it’s not just your physical environment that influences your behavior but also your social one. Motivation is contagious.
A community also helps with accountability. If you’ve made a commitment to another person or group, you’re more likely to stick with it.
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Keystone habits lead to the development of multiple good habits.
Exercise is a good example of this. Once you start to change your exercise habits, it sets off a chain reaction t...
Focus on baby steps. The key to new good habits is to do the minimum and be consistent.
Do not be ambitious at the beginning. That leads to failure. Consistency is what you’re shooting for, so make the hurdle as low as possible.
Thinking about the details makes you more likely to follow through.
Just writing down your plan also makes a big difference in effectively committing to your goals.
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Factors to consider when choosing a new habit to track:
You can’t fully focus on any behavior if you try to establish several at once.
Doing so risks overloading your willpower and your habits may end up competing for priority.
The best way to turn a behavior into a habit is to use a trigger to remind yourself to do it. Your trigger needs to be something you always do anyway. Anything you already do without thinking works.
As you build new habits, you create new triggers for yourself and stack a new habit onto it. Each existing habit acts as a trigger to remind you to complete the next one until it becomes natural to do both together.
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