When you try to develop a new habit, you may not succeed at all times. More often than not, you practice the routine for a week and then you grow tired of it. Though your mind wants to develop this habit, you aren’t able to stay committed to the same. Have you ever wondered why? It is probably because you are committing one or more these five mistakes when you are developing a new idea.
1. Trying to develop too many habits at once
Remember, when it comes to developing habits and other things in life, it is the small things that make a huge difference. Never try to inculcate too many habits in your life at the same time. This will lead to confusion, fatigue and lack of motivation. Start with one single habit and dedicated at least 6 months to it. Once it becomes a routine, you can try to develop another habit.
2. Having an unreasonable target for yourself
When you want to develop a new habit, you should always start by developing a tiny habit. For example, if you want to walk 20000 steps every day to lose weight, you should start with 5000 steps. This is a far reasonable and achievable target. Starting with 20k straightaway can make you lose motivation very quickly, because body fatigue sets in.
3. Not being patient with results
Most of us stop a habit after a few days of practice, because we don’t see the desired results. Not being patient is one of the biggest mistakes you can commit when you are developing a habit. A habit is a new process that your body and mind need to get adjusted to. Therefore, it will take time for the results to get delivered. You should only focus on being consistent on a particular habit and doing it every single day, without any excuse or procrastination.
4. Not giving enough focus to your environment
You may try as much as you can to develop a new habit; however, you will not see the desired results if you haven’t changed your environment. When you are surrounded by negativity, you cannot develop a positive habit. So, work on your environment, first. If you want to develop a new habit such as yoga at a particular time, you have to ensure that you keep your mobiles and other gadgets away from you, so that you aren’t distracted by them.
5. Not valuing the importance of the small changes
Any top cricketer in the world, who has many centuries to his credit, will tell you the important role that the singles and double runs played in his career. It is the small things that add up and go on to make a huge difference in your life. For example, even if you cannot walk for 5k steps a day, you could start with 1000 steps a day. This will keep your body active to an extent and give you the motivation to keep increasing your target. Never underestimate the importance of these small achievements, because without thee, the bigger ones aren’t possible.
Next time, when you are trying to develop a new habit, I hope you will keep these points in mind to avoid any setbacks.
To your success!
The Bloke Coach®