How to Create New Habits by Building on Your Successes

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Create new habits and thrive…

When you create new habits you use repetition to build on your successful choices.

Usually, it takes about a month for a habit to start to take root. And then you need to keep practicing to maintain and solidify that habit.

You expand your energy and confidence when you create new habits.   

It’s an ever-widening spiral that enhances your efficiency and effectiveness, as well as adding to your enjoyment of each moment.

How to create new habits:

Let’s start by reviewing your successful experiences with optimizing your time.  This helps you see your strengths, actively appreciate them, and find more ways to make use of them in your everyday life. Try this exercise:

Find a comfortable, quiet space and relax. Take a pen and paper and make a list of time successes you’ve had.  Sentence completion helps get your ideas flowing, so here are a few sentences to try.  Choose one sentence to work with. Brainstorm more ideas using that sentence and working quickly. 

  • “I am so glad I make time to __________________.”
  • “People can count on me to ___________________.”
  • “I feel good about finding time for ___________________, whether I’m in the mood or not.”

What do you learn?

Review your sentences and step back for a wider view.  What contributes to your successes? These questions help you become more specific about your strengths. 

  • What strengths contribute to your success? These are like raw materials, giving you more to build with.
  • Do some of them come naturally?  Innate energies are powerful fuel for the success habits you’re developing.
  • Which strengths have you built for yourself and how did you do it? These reflect your capacity to transform problems into opportunities. That stands you in good stead no matter what.

Think about how your strengths reflect your values.  As you build your success habits, you deepen your commitment to whatever matters most to you.

What’s next?

You’re ready to build one new positive habit into your life. Visualize a typical day and think about the places where you get stuck. Quickly list 3 positive habits that could help with that.

Next, choose one activity that draws on your strengths and will help. Make sure that it’s realistic.  Keep it simple.  An example would be walking and stretching for 15 minutes before work.

Tell yourself how this will enhance your life. This keeps you motivated to create new habits by connecting them to your values. 

Be specific…

How much time will you spend? It’s important to be clear about where the time is coming from (i.e. know what it replaces). 

List anything you need to do to ensure follow-through.  Do you need to turn off your computer?  Plan breakfast the night before?  Invite a buddy to join you in an activity? You don’t want a missing detail to derail you!

Schedule a time for this in your calendar. And if you need uninterrupted time, be sure to let people know in advance.

Be a cheerleader for yourself. 

Your ability to find time and live your moments fully gives you a whole new sense of what is possible.  This is a very powerful gift to give yourself.

So, how will you get started today?

More help to create new habits…

Time is pure potential. You decide how to use it; and once you do, it’s gone.  That’s why it’s so important to build on your best time choices.  If you feel like your time slips through your fingers, then you’ll want to claim your copy of my complimentary “Daily Choices Template:  Proven Strategies for Tracking Your Best Time Choices Today, Tomorrow & All Year!” There’s no time like the present – to start moving toward the future you envision for yourself.

Let’s explore time together…

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