5 Rules of Successful Habit Formation

You have decided that you want to change your life. Perhaps it’s moving to a new job or role within your company or starting your own business or one on the side with intent to make more money.

You’ve got a goal in mind, but what can you do to ensure that you achieve success?

What you will ned is to create and adopt certain success habits that will prime and lead to success. The following five rules will help you ensure successful habit formation.

1.      Plan

Success habits don’t just happen by accident. They are created by design. Creating a plan will increase the chances of your successfully creating a new habit. Think of the plan like a roadmap. Include your starting point, the final goal and all the steps along the way. Include people or resources you will need to help on your journey. Don’t forget to note down potential stumbling blocks and how you will overcome them.

Many people include a vision board in their planning. This is a great way to see what your goal looks like and, when placed somewhere that you will see it regularly, can reinforce the goal you want to achieve so that you never forget what you are working for.

2.     Focus

You must be committed to your goal of creating a new habit. If you are not committed, then the chances of succeeding in attaining it reduce dramatically. It is important to believe that you will create your new habit and to be able to see yourself doing it.

Write down a positive statement that affirms you have created your new habit.

For example, if you want to create the success habit of waking early to prime your day, then you could write,

 ‘I wake at 6:00 am every day refreshed and ready to start my day. I use my extra time to exercise/walk/run for 20 minutes and to eat a healthy breakfast. I spend 10 minutes reading a motivational book because I know that it helps me improve my knowledge and will inspire me. Before I start my work, I make sure that I plan my day and make sure that I know which tasks are important for helping me to achieve my goal.’

This daily practice acts as a subliminal motivator when practiced consistently over time. Thoughts lead to feelings which lead to behaviors which lead to beliefs.

3.     Know Yourself

Self-knowledge is crucial to creating new habits, as well as eliminating old ones.

You need to understand your strengths and weaknesses (or challenge areas). It is important to know where you are right now, where you want to be and what needs to change.

By knowing yourself you can create a growth mind-set. This ensures that you understand that action is important, as by taking action, you create change which leads to success.

4.    Practice

Habits can now take from 60 days to a year to become routine – unlearning old behaviors is the most challenging.  This means that you need to ensure that you build time into every day to practice your new habit.

To ensure that you get in the routine of your new habits, you need to plan and you need to identify any potential stumbling points that may cause you to want to skip a day. Knowing what might interfere in your daily habit practice ensures that you can put in place plans to overcome it.

A positive mind-set is key to your success, as is commitment.

If you are committed to creating the new success habit and understand why it is important to your overall plans and goals then you will be more able to overcome stumbling points and ensure that you practice your new habit every day until it becomes a routine part of your daily life.

Create a checklist, for instance, that will be a reminder plus give you accountability. 

5.     Reward

When you set out to create a new success habit you have your plan for how you are going to achieve it and what your life will look like once that happens. Don’t forget to build in a reward system.

Make it something that you really want and value. It doesn’t have to be big but it does have to be important to you. By planning a reward when you have created your new habit you will be more emotionally invested in creating the habit.

Write down your reward or get a picture of it and put it somewhere where you will see it every day. This will reinforce the desire to succeed and strengthen your motivation to achieve your goal.

By using the five rules above you will be creating a positive mental attitude towards creating a new success habit. Don’t try to create too many new habits at once. It is simpler and more realistic to create one new habit at a time.

Reach out to get started in creating new habits that will lead to your desires and success. You don’t have to struggle alone…

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