“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”
These wise words by Aristotle convey that excellence is not a onetime act. You have to work for it day and night until it enters your bloodstream and whatever you do is bound to attain excellence.
“Practice makes a man perfect.” Who hasn’t heard of this quote? To start working on building your habits today, all you need is to follow the tips in this article on a daily basis. It would take you some time to get used to the new practices, but eventually you won’t even have to make an effort, as it would have become your habit. Shall we begin?
1. Dream Big and Work Small:
According to a research on motivation, dreaming big is not bad at all. It is actually very beneficial in developing a habit of working on a daily basis. Divide the big goal into small goals and start achieving them one by one. Want to be writer? You imagine you cannot write a novel in days? Start with writing 5 to 10 sentences daily. Thinking of shedding some weight? Start with small and easy exercises, and increase the intensity to meet little goals.
Even if you can work more, always start small to make it a habit. Remember, the purpose here is to train your behavior and not just to achieve a certain goal. When working daily on your goal becomes a part of your activities, you’d not only be able to accomplish your goal but would also develop a new habit.
2. Keep Practicing For A Month:
Do you really think you can make a habit of eating less or practicing piano in days? It’s going to take a month or even months, so be patient and keep practicing. After a month or more, may be less if you’re committed, you’d realize how the new habit has become a part of your life. It’s like your body would stop accepting more food or your fingers would start to tingle if they’ve not pressed some piano keys.
3. Know What’s Keeping You From Achieving Your Goal:
Ask yourself what’s stopping you from eating healthy or which part about exercising makes you hate it? When you’ve found the answers, look for alternatives or how you can prevent from what’s hindering your goal. What do you hate about working out? Driving to the Gym? Well, you can always exercise at home. Find workout tutorials and videos, so that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home.
4. Two Is Better Than One:
Find someone who has the same goals as you. Work out with them, share your writings, be one another’s critic on piano symphonies and so on. If you feel like skipping a day or even quitting, your goal buddy will motivate you.
5. Don’t Mess Up Your Current Routine:
The best way to develop a new habit that sticks is to adjust it in your current routine instead of going out of the way to do that. Instead of taking some time out of your normal routine to sit down and read a book, read when it’s your tea time or just before you take a nap. Sounds fun now?
6. Don’t Be Hard On Yourself:
It’s all right if you’ve skipped one work out session or if you’ve eaten too much at lunch. What’s not fair is the repetition. It’s normal sometimes to deviate from your routine, but keep doing that is worrisome. If you’ve eaten an entire pizza at dinner, pledge not to do so in weeks to come. If you become too hard on yourself about the new practices, you’d get tired eventually. So, it’s okay if once in a while you feel like relaxing.