Look, I’m not going to lie. We all want to be better at something. It could for school, for fun, for work, or for whatever reason we pick to do something. But we always seem to find a reason for why we can’t accomplish what we want to accomplish. Habits are a great way to help make sure we make steady progress towards our goals. I’ll give you guys three types of habits that you will want to have.
The Habit of Doing
Whatever you decide to do, you need to consistently work on it. You can’t just do it on occasion or when you feel like it. Otherwise your progress will be delayed.
For example, if you want to lose weight, start doing cardio. Get into the habit of doing it. Find a time of day that you can run, and run. Of course, if you never ran before, you won’t want to go full blown into running. You will need to start off maybe 2x a week and build up. But the point is that you need to start and get yourself in the habit of doing what needs to be done.
Try to make sure it’s the same time every day, such as after you get home from work. That way your mind sees coming home from work as “running time” which will make it easier to maintain the habit.
The Habit of Identifying and Improving Weak Points
Sometimes our progress is help back by a certain skillset that we have not developed. Maybe it’s because we didn’t like that particular aspect of what we are working on or it was too challenging so we decided to avoid it. Now it’s coming back to haunt us. This is especially helpful if we are stuck in a rut and don’t know why.
Take drawing. If you like drawing portraits but every time you do, you realize you mess up drawing the nose, well, that means you need to start drawing more noses. “But I hate drawing nose!” You exclaim. I’m sorry but if you want to quickly get better at portraits, you will need to focus on that. How? Well as I already said, draw more noses. Now that you accept that noses are what’s holding you back, now develop that first habit and just do it.
Get into the habit of looking for different aspects of your work that you could improve and start working on them. If you can’t see anything to improve, ask someone who is better than you at the skill and see if they can identify any weak points. Who knows, sometimes by working on the weak points, we can get them to be even better than our strengths. Don’t let weak points hold you back.
The Habit of Changing Bad Habits
Similar to improving weak points, sometimes there are habits that we want to get rid of altogether. Unfortunately, changing a habit can be very difficult (which is why we want to build good habits!), so sometimes it’s easiest to replace it with another habit that’s similar but better.
You usually crack open a cold one after a workout. Stop! This is not a habit that will help you gain muscle or lose weight. If you absolutely need to drink something after a workout, try making a protein shake instead. Don’t like the taste? Learn how to make a fruit smoothie and add the protein powder to the smoothie. This way you can still look forward to a refreshing beverage during your workout, but this beverage will be much more helpful in achieving your goals than a can of beer would.
As you can see, it’s very important to have habits that will expedite the way to your goals. The best part about good habits, is it eventually becomes hard for you not to do them! They become such an essential part of your day that if you don’t do them, it just doesn’t seem right. What habits are you working on currently?