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How to form a new habit

by Jon Platt on November 03, 2017
How to Form a New Habit (in 8 Easy Steps)

How to Form a New Habit (in 8 Easy Steps)

Tired of setting goals and not achieving them?

The trick is to chip away at your goal in small, incremental steps.

In other words, when you know how to form a new habit (related to your goal), then you can turn success into a series of daily actions.

Today’s post can help you get there.

We’ve taken the process of building habits and turned it into a simple eight-step process that you can immediately implement.

Let’s get to it…


Step 1: Focus on One New Habit

If you want to know how to form a new habit the biggest topic you need to understand is ego depletion and how it holds you back.

Ego depletion is “a person’s diminished capacity to regulate their thoughts, feelings and actions.”

It impacts our ability to form new habits because our supply of willpower is spread out among all the areas of our lives.

Because of this, it’s important to work on only one habit at a time. That way, your store of willpower can be channeled into completing that one habit, increasing the odds of success.

So the question is:

“What one new habit do you want to form?”

Identify it now and learn everything you can about how to do it right. Become an expert in this activity and do a deep dive on every content related to getting started.

For instance, one of my main habits is writing.  This is something that I do every day, and I’m always working hard to get better at it on a daily basis.

The important point thing here is to identify a habit you can do all the time, something that will fit into your life and can be completed on a daily basis, even when you don’t feel like it.

Step #2: Form a new habit? Commit for a MINIMUM of 30 days.

Some people say it takes 21 days to build a habit, while others claim it takes up to 66 days. The truth is that the length of time really varies from person to person and habit to habit. You’ll find that some habits are easy to build while others require more effort. My advice is to commit to a specific habit for the next 30 days (or a month to keep it simple).