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How To Create A Habit To Stick

You do things as often as possible, for as long as you can. But, there are certain moments in life in which a habit will be formed.  And, it’s important to stick to such a consistent routine, because this reinforces the habit, which makes it the basis of subsequent success.

There are few things in life as rewarding as creating a habit.

In fact, I like to encourage people. It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? But you’re not really building a habit. What you are doing is taking action. You are doing something, you are taking real conscious effort to practice. All it takes is that.

And, when you do something consistently for more than 30 days, you are establishing a habit, which is far more powerful than any achievement you can achieve. You can make new habits for yourself. You can make new routines. You may even be able to rewire your brain to make the new routines easier to follow. And, this is so much more satisfying than accomplishing a feat.

The more you practice, the stronger the habit becomes, the easier it becomes to practice, and the deeper your commitment to that daily routine.

Don’t think long-term, though. Think of this short-term goal, and the more you practice and the more consistently you follow it the more difficult the habit will become.

This was an example, but you are already a step closer to forming that habit. In fact, this method has been successful for me. I had to practice a daily routine of creating 10 blog articles a day, at least 3 times a week until I began to get the hang of it. But, I knew, in my heart, that I would become a better blogger, and that this long-term habit would become easier to form.  So, I kept at it until I would eventually create 100 blog articles a day.

Then, at some point, I started to feel this compulsion I had been struggling to overcome. This urge to start a new morning routine. My morning routine had been a mixture of a few daily habits, such as meditation, writing, and exercise. But, I finally got to the point where I was making these routines a priority over all other things. If I didn’t practice a morning routine, it felt like a distraction, so I just avoided it. It did not feel like a priority to practice.

Now, this morning routine is only about 4 habits, all related to writing. It all starts right now with a morning, whether you go to any of my podcasts or podcasts you’ll find my morning routines. It’s a form of personal practice.

But, these habits are so powerful, so powerful that sometimes an idea can become a habit.

This is one such case. I began a habit of writing regularly in my blog from about 2-3 years ago. After a few days or so, it became my habit. It no longer was a distraction, it was my “mindwork.” I had the discipline and the motivation to write whenever I wanted to work on my writing ideas. So, instead of avoiding the process of writing, there was a focus and a focus that drove me to write. My writing routine was my day. And, I can’t wait to continue that every day.

The other day when I was writing, I was on autopilot. I had no idea why I was doing something that I wouldn’t do normally. All that mattered was that I would be getting my work done. However, when I was in that autopilot state I would become more focused, more motivated to continue.

Writing is a great example of setting up the habit of doing something every day, every hour of the day. What I do is I take a few minutes to make a plan for my writing and then decide if I am going to do it that day or sometime in the next few days. I usually get a small bit of inspiration and a desire to write while I am writing.

So, the next day, I am on autopilot again. I get a little bit of motivation again, but in my mind, I know what to do. I know that the next day I will start writing. For a week or so I just write and write and finish up the blog entry without the intention of writing again.