You are your habits. And I am mine. What do your habits say about you? It takes an average of 21 days to create or break a habit. It takes consistency and a lot of effort. Here I give you some tips for creating success habits that you can be proud of. And I have even created a beautiful habit tracker printable for you with lots of tips!
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Deciding WHO You Want to Be
Even the slightest nudge in the wrong direction takes us somewhere that we may not want to be. So sitting down and making a visual picture of the type of person you want to be is key and deciding what habits you need to change.
Do you imagine yourself taking charge of your health and eating healthier food? Do you imagine yourself running a marathon? Do you imagine yourself making a three-figure income for your family?
Sit down and physically write down on a piece of paper the type of person that you want to be. For each area that you want to improve in, write down an actionable goal or a habit that needs to change in order to get you closer to your goal.
For example, one of my goals, since my last son was born, was to get down to my original weight. Now I know that weight isn’t everything but a lot of times weight usually coincides with healthy eating and being fit. Anyone who knows me knows that I hate exercise and that’s something that I really have to work on. For that reason, I haven’t been able to reach my goal because I didn’t sit down and make a concerted effort.
Visualizing myself as a fit mom that eats healthy food and takes good care of her body is going to make a huge difference in the habits that I’m creating for myself.
Deciding Your Why
Even more important than visualizing who you want to be, is deciding your why. Why do you want that six-figure income? Why do you want to take better care of your body? Why do you want to further your education?
These are essential questions! These will be your motivation on those days that you find it extremely hard to change your habits. If you don’t have a WHY, you will not succeed.
Make a Plan to Change Your Habits
Now that you have visualized yourself of how you want to be, and now that you have your why, it gives you purpose behind the things that you need to change. Purpose equals power.
For each area of your life that you want to change, write down specific habits that you need to create or get rid of in order to get you closer to your goal.
If your goal is to have a healthier body, maybe one of your habits you need to change is to stop drinking caffeine every day. Or if you want to further your education, maybe you need to start studying one hour every day for an entrance exam.
Make sure that your habits and goals are actionable and trackable. You’ll never know if you are progressing if you aren’t able to track your progress. Plus, seeing your progress on paper is empowering. Or if you are struggling, it helps you easily visualize where you need to improve.
Tracking Progress With a Habit Tracker
I am so excited to share my habit tracker with you! I created this tracker for you (and me!) So that you can quickly and easily see where you are progressing. And you can also see where you can improve! I suggest placing your habit tracker somewhere where you will see it multiple times every day. It will serve as a daily reminder of your goals And who you eventually want to be.
I also recommend placing your goal sheet right next to it. Let it serve as a reminder to you have the person that you are trying to become. And how you are going to get there. A good place to keep it might actually be by your nightstand. That way you can remember to mark off the things that you accomplished each day.
It can be easy to forget what things you have or have not done even if you miss marking off your sheet a couple of days. So I suggest making sure you do it every night before bed.
Reward Your Success
The last part to creating a successful goal system is creating a reward system. Of course, achieving your end goal should be reward enough of its own. But sometimes we need a little bit of extra motivation to keep us going when we’re having a hard day. Because you can bet that you’ll have them.
Think of things that will help motivate you to keep going to achieve your final goals.
I am constantly trying to improve various aspects of my life through my habits but just like any new year’s resolution, it all quickly fizzles away when the day to day life gets in the way.
A Better You Using a Habit Tracker
Because it is so critical to write your goals down, having a habit tracker that you look at multiple times a day is super important. As you are thinking of habit changes you want to implement remember: who do you want to be? Why? How are you going to get there (use actionable, trackable goals)? Soon enough, you’ll be even closer to your goal than you thought you’d be!
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