Four Ways to Make Good Habits Stick

Four Ways to Make Good Habits Stick

Four Ways to Make Good Habits Stick

Are you looking to establish healthy habits in your life?  Do you grow tired of setting goals that are too difficult to achieve?  Setting goals is a skill that many people have trouble with, and many people often fall apart before they can see progress in their goals.  When you work with a counselor in Orlando, you can learn how to set achievable goals that will lead you to adopt habits that will better your lifestyle.  These are a few ways that you can make your good habits finally stick.

Start Small

Many people want to start with big aspirations right out of the gate.  However, when you try to accomplish too much too quickly, you will set yourself up for failure.  Instead of setting overly lofty goals from the beginning, start with small steps.  This will help you establish small habits before you add more into the routine.  

Add Habits One-by-One

As you master the first step, add another one.  Eventually, your goals will look bigger as you get farther into your steps.  By adding additional habits to your previously established ones, you attach the new habits onto already positive associations.  Having a positive and pre-established habit will motivate you to stay true to the new habits you are adding into the routine.  Over time, this will make it much easier to stick to the habits, both new and old.

Remind Yourself of the Motivation

Staying motivated is difficult, especially when you want to establish everyday habits to better your lifestyle.  When you suffer from setbacks, take a step back and remind yourself of the reason you started.  Why are you motivated?  What do you want?  These motivations should drive you to continue, despite the difficulty.  Take time to establish a “why” and then follow it no matter what.

Be Intentional

It is easy to say that you will practice you habit so many times per week.  However, this tactic does not often set you up for success.  Instead, you should schedule time into each day or week to practice that habit intentionally.  By setting aside pre-determined time, you will be more likely to follow through as though it was an appointment in your book that you cannot miss.  Treat yourself like a doctor’s appointment that cannot be missed, and eventually the habits will become part of your daily routine without having to do so.

These are a few of the ways that you can make your good habits stick, even when the times get tough.  Setting goals can be difficult, especially if you do not know how to do it the right way and you constantly suffer setbacks.  For some support, consider working with a counselor in Orlando.  Contact us to hear how we can help you set achievable goals and establish the right habits today.

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Heather Oller

Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.