5 Keys to Changing Habits

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  • how to change habits for good.

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1. Clarity

Get crystal clear about the benefits you want to get out of changing a habit. Write out a vision that includes what you want to experience as a result of changing the habit. Include what it looks like and how it feels. An experienced coach can help you with this process. I offer an initial consultation at no charge for anyone wanting to make positive changes in their health. Click here to set up a time.

2. Commitment

Making a commitment is huge. There are many ways to do this. One way is by working with a coach who can hold you accountable for action-based goals.

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Another way is by letting your friends and family know what you’re doing. But once you do, it’s best to let your actions speak for you. Avoid the tendency to preach of evangelize about your new habits. Let your results speak for you.

3. Frequency

The biggest factor in a new behavior becoming a habit is how frequently you can actually do it.

Set up action-based goals that you commit to practicing frequently. Ideally they have a low barrier to entry. This makes it easier to get more repetitions of practice. Each repetition gets the new behavior closer to becoming a habit.

For example: If I commit to meditating 30 minutes 3 times a week, a successful week would entail 3 repetitions of the new habit. But, If I commit to meditation twice a day for only 5 minutes, even an 80% follow-through on that commitment leaves me with 11 repetitions of practice.

4. One Day At A Time

Successful habits are built one day at a time. Narrow your focus to what you can do today to build the habit you’re trying to build. Imperfect execution beats perfect procrastination…EVERY SINGLE TIME.

5. Let Go Of All-Or-None Thinking

If missing the new habit for one day causes you to abandon the new habit completely, it’s all-or-none thinking that’s dominating your mind. It’s keeping you from progressing and improving. It’s time to let go of it.

I hope this gives you some help and a nudge in the positive direction for making the changes you’ve been meaning to make. If you’d like to meet for an initial consultation at no charge, just click here to set a time.

Author: Nick Ortego is the owner of N 2 Action, a wellness studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, offering personal training, health coaching, yoga, and assisted stretching..
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