The One Thing That Needs Changing to Build A New Habit

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When it comes to making new habits, you’re no stranger to the process of setting goals for yourself.

Did you know that there’s really only one thing you need to change in order to build a new habit and keep it?

It’s a little something called your mindset, have you heard of it? Basically, it is the complete collection of thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that make up your personality, actions, and lifestyle. The things you hold to be true, are the things that your subconscious follows and directs your actions to do the same.

Your mindset is an incredibly important part of successfully building a habit and keeping it long-term. However, it often gets left out or not even mentioned at all which is why so many habits get lost on the way. Goal setting is awesome, but when it comes to building a new habit there’s too much focus put on “the plan” to get there. The meal prepping, scheduling, time slotting, productivity apps, etc. all take front and center and your mindset gets left behind in the lurch.

This is not to say that being prepared and planning is a bad thing – quite the contrary – it is a part of the entire habit change process, but it’s not the most important part. The reason why your mindset needs to be focused on is that it is responsible for the things that you do throughout the day. What you feel is important, you do. Anything that has a priority in your life, gets attention. The tasks you feel are no-brainers, get accomplished without a problem.

For instance, if you want to exercise more, read more, work more, work less, have more time with your friends, go to bed earlier, spend less time scrolling on social or stick to a meal plan, then you have to give up time doing something else. There’s an action that has been filling in that time slot that you are now rededicating, and your mindset isn’t always so sure it wants to give up. That’s where you come in.

You have the power to retrain your mindset and decide what you find important and can actively choose to stick with your new habit instead of reverting back to the old one.

Think of it this way, you don’t question brushing your teeth, do you? That’s because your mind has been trained to see it as an important priority, so the habit comes naturally to you, you don’t even question it. That is the mindset you want when making any change to your habits.

Remember, at one point you didn’t know you needed to brush your teeth and now you do it without thinking. The same is true for whatever change you are making in your life. It may seem difficult or inconvenient in the beginning, but someday it will be as easy as brushing your teeth.

The easiest way to build a new habit is to change your mindset and remember why you want it in the first place. 

Instead of focusing on the work to get there, focus on the reward you’re receiving and the great ways your lifestyle and health will benefit from it.

Remind yourself that when things get tough or you feel resistance and excuses kicking in, you are getting something so much better in return and that all your effort will absolutely be worth it. This is the perfect time for you to take that next step and set out to create the change you want in your life.

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*Originally published on March 1, 2020.

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