I wanted to share some insight with you from a buddy of mine, Doc John, who shares the same teachings as me in regards to creating and keeping habits to help you make lasting changes in your life.
We all have particular habits: good, bad, neutral, and these habits shape us personally, professionally and affect everyone around us. Many people make the habit change a huge undertaking that often fails because of the enormity of it. When in fact, if you make small changes they will add up to big results. These smaller habits, if good quality, are the avenue to real change happening when you do the simple things with a whole lot of consistency.
Doc John shared some insight from James Clear, author of “Atomic habits”. This is a good read.
So if you want to establish that consistency for making a lasting change, consider this. “The Four Laws of Behavior Change are a simple set of rules we can use to build better habits. They are: (1) Make it obvious (2) Make it attractive (3) Make it easy (4) Make it satisfying. “ -James Clear, from “Atomic Habits”
Incorporating these four elements will dramatically increase the likelihood that you will be able to carry out this behavior for the number of days it requires to make a change last.
James Clear says 66 straight days, other people have different scientific opinions. Either way, once it becomes part of your daily routine with consistency, it’s a new habit for you. Just to give an example, maybe the habit is committing to more exercise to reach a goal.
To make it EASY, make sure you join a program that’s convenient for you (like our virtual workouts or Fit Band Home Workout).
Make it OBVIOUS by putting your workout clothes or workout equipment in a place where you’re going to see it in your house. Somewhere you can’t miss it.
Make it ATTRACTIVE by joining classes with likeminded people with similar goals and lifestyles (Women only classes?).
Make it SATISFYING by finding the right music playlist so you can jam to your favorite tunes while getting your sweet on. Be sure the fitness is targeting the areas that you want to work and your coach is motivating and pushing you to be your best.
How can you apply these four laws to your current lifestyle? Establishing and maintaining habits means going to war with yourself, every. Single. Day.
Remember that ALL the excuses you think of to not keep your habit are just stories in your head. Your true self wants this so fight on. It takes effort. You’ll win a lot more battles and achieve amazing success following these guidelines.