5 Tips On How To Develop A Good Habit And Make It Stick

Learning how to to develop a good habit and make it stick is not an easy task to do. Of course I probably didn’t have to tell you that.

But what makes it so frustrating, is that every time you say you’re going to commit 100% to something — usually in about a few weeks or months down the road you find that you were not able to stick with it for whatever reason.

So today I’d like to share with you 5 tips that can help you develop a new habit — that way you can go out and achieve those dreams and goals you’ve always been wanting.

1. Commit To Your Habit Before You Even Start

The first thing you’ll want to do in order to create a new habit in your life, is you want to commit 100% to it before you even start.

And an easy way to go about doing this, is by giving yourself an ultimatum — like having to pay for your friends lunch if you decide to slack off on your diet or telling your brother you’ll meet him at the gym tomorrow morning so you have to get out of bed.

Then as you can see, a fried chicken meal or extra 20 minutes of sleep doesn’t seem all that important anymore when you think about what will happen if you don’t stick to your habit.

So whatever you plan on trying to do in the near future, set some ground rules for yourself in the beginning so you’ll be more likely to follow through with them.

2. Figure Out What’s Making You Break Your Habit In The First Place

Many times when someone breaks their habit, they will either say it’s too hard or give some excuse as to why they personally can’t do it.

But if you really sit down and think as to what’s the specific reason as to why you’re not succeeding — then you’ll have a much easier time not failing

For example if you’re trying get healthier and claim you don’t like exercising — it might be that you just don’t like spending money for the gym.

Or if you are trying to make money online — you might not like the process of buying inventory and dealing with customer complaints.

And an easy way to resolve each of these situations, is you could simply start working out at home so you don’t have to spend money — and you could try a different method to make money online such as affiliate marketing which doesn’t involve dealing with people or having to buy and hold physical products.

But whatever the reason may be, what you need to do if figure out is WHY you specifically are not keeping your habits, then make a few small changes to your life so that you can fix your problem.

3. Start Off Small

baby steps

Many times when people are trying to create a new habit, they are usually trying to make a big change in their life.

For example they may want to make $1,000 dollars online by the end of next week, stop eating junk food completely when it’s 90% of their diet, or be able to run a 7-minute mile when they haven’t even exercised for the past 6 months.

However the problem is that to achieve these kinds of goals very quickly is not only are near impossible, but it takes a tremendous amount of determination to stick to a plan to achieve this.

So a very simple solution to this is to give yourself smaller goals to reach so that you can gradually work your way up to your ultimate end goal.

This could be…

  • Making $10 dollars a week online
  • Eliminating only soda from your diet
  • Walking / jogging a mile every day until you can do the entire thing without stopping

And the cool thing is no matter how small your goal may be, it will help you in the long run because you will be developing a positive habit into your lifestyle that you can then build upon as you move forward.

4. Create A Routine For Your Habit You Don’t Won’t To Break

Have you ever invested so much time into a certain project or activity, that you simply didn’t want to stop doing it because you’ve been doing it for so long?

I’m sure if you think about it for a second you will realize you have.

For example when I was a kid, I use to run around the block every day with my dog to stay healthy — but as time went on my motivating factor for running went from trying to get healthy to seeing how often I could run every day without missing a day.

And this is what I mean by creating a certain routine with you new habit to where you don’t want to break it.

For example, some other routines you could create would be…

  • Creating a blog post every day
  • Eating no candy what so ever
  • Or texting your spouse every day at the same time to show her how much you love her

And again no matter what route you decide to do, the longer you do a particular activity the more you’ll want to keep going for the simple fact that you will not want to break your cycle and see how long you can do it without stopping.

5. Celebrate Your Win, No Matter How Small

celebrate your small wins

Last and most definitely not least, give yourself a reward every time you accomplish something no matter how small it may be.

Because it’s been proven that when you feel excited, good, or proud about yourself, that you will then be motivated to keep pushing harder to achieve bigger and better things.

So next time you accomplish something for sticking to your habit, take a weekend getaway to somewhere, have a cheat meal for heating healthy, or maybe watch that movie you’ve been wanting to see for so long.

And you’ll see not only will you feel better by doing this, but you’ll also be looking forward to sticking with your habit so that you can reach your next achievement.

Final Thoughts

I hope after reading these 5 tips that you can see that developing a new habit and sticking with it can actually be quite easy.

And whether you’re looking to become a better entrepreneur, a healthier person, or maybe even improve your love life — that you can now have the confidence knowing you can develop positive habits into your lifestyle to make your dreams become a reality.

Also I’d like to know if you have been successful in developing a new habit into your life, what are some things you’ve done in the past to make this happen?

Or if you are struggling with breaking your bad habits and incorporating newer better ones, do you think these tips I showed you might help?

Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

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6 thoughts on “5 Tips On How To Develop A Good Habit And Make It Stick”

  1. All of it is easier said than done though isn’t it? I do see people making serious attempts at achieving certain objectives, and I guess we’re all guilty of that.  

    It seems these days people are more likely to tell others what their objective is. Whereas once it was a personal thing people kept to themselves. Probably the fear of failure was the motivation for keeping it to themselves I guess. 

    These days failure is looked upon as a stepping stone to success. 

    A good article I hope you stick with whatever good habit you are developing. 

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    • Thanks, Michael, and ya I agree that many people make some pretty lofty goals for themselves ( which is alright ) — but the problem is they don’t put a plan into action on HOW they are going to achieve it.

      For example, someone may want to earn an extra $1,000 dollars a month online, but in the same token has no plan on what they will be doing every day / week / month to get to that point.

      So I have found it best to not only set up big goals for yourself but also smaller ones that are easier to achieve and will eventually lead you to achieve your ultimate goal in the end. 

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  2. Hi Michael,

    I really enjoyed reading your post, since Covid-19 has kept us inside I’ve decided to get into shape, as it’s been about 3 years since I have been!

    Most days are fine, but there are some days where the motivation really isn’t there, no matter what crazy music I have trying to pump me up, and what you put in this article regarding small steps and not rewarding myself is most likely why.

    Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for the good read.

    Robert.

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed my article Robert, and I know exactly how you feel.

      I too started back exercising and while the first few weeks were easy, after a while I get demotivated and wonder if I should keep going. But I found that simply doing it at least 30 minutes a day ( starting off small ) it soon becomes a habit that you get use to.

      This also has been the same way with my business.

      At first it was hard for me to get up and write content every day, but after a while I not only found it easier but I couldn’t wait to do it!

      Also thanks to this amazing platform here, I have thousands of people I can talk to and ask for help that are all going through the same experience I am — which makes it a whole lot easier.

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  3. I’d like to appreciate you for sharing this wonderful article with us.

    Developing a good habit and trying to make it stick sometimes may become tiring but the ability to stay determined and headstrong matters too just as they say ”good things don’t come handy-candy”.

    I really love the way you analyzed the steps on how to grow a good habit, this is an amazing article.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts Wilson.

      Usually, people myself included think that if they simply have enough will power and motivation that they can create a good habit. 

      And sure for some people this may work, however I’ve seen the majority of people fail by doing this.

      So I’ve found that by setting small goals for yourself, set up a routine that you can follow every day, and giving your self small victories is a much easier way to create a habit.

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