Have you ever wondered what differentiates the most successful among us? There is a lot of subjectivity in this arena and factors like intelligence, skillset and opportunities certainly play key roles. However, the real difference maker is, successful habit forming.
Three Key Elements To A Successful New Habit
A good place to start is to ask yourself why you want to form this new habit? Will it contribute to your overall success? Make you more productive? Getting clear about your motivator will allow you to see the end-game. Find your why, the more personal the motivator, the more likely it is that the habit will stick.
We are much more likely to succeed if we pick a habit that is relatively easy to do. It’s a good idea to get honest about your ability and any real constraints so you aren’t setting yourself up for failure. For example, if you are a full time parent who works 100 hours a week, finding time to learn how to code in a new language is going to be exceptionally difficult. But doing 10 minutes of meditation each day could be do-able.
Even the smallest of changes to habit forming should be celebrated. Reward yourself when you reach a milestone, encouragement is a mighty element of lasting change. As entrepreneurs, one of the things missing from our business lives are the celebrations built into the traditional employee reward model. We must take on ownership for celebrating our own successes, particularly if we have been disciplined enough to create and cultivate a viable business. So build in that once a month massage or celebratory lunch when you hit a target or just to remind yourself that you are a rockstar in your own right.