Turning Good Behaviours Into Habits

I don’t usually hear many people talking about their good habits. I usually hear people talking about their bad behaviours, like “I just ate a whole cake and feel so guilty” rather than people saying “I just ate a whole cake and I need to start changing my behaviour”.

You need to start taking responsibility for your bad behaviours, throw them away and create healthy habits instead.

There are good habits and bad habits. The good habits are usually great and the bad habits extremely bad. Bad habits include biting your nails or picking at your face.

On the other hand there are good habits like going to the gym every day after work, or taking your supplements every single morning. These good habits are what we are going to focus on in this article.

I want to teach you how to turn your good behaviours into great habits. You might be wondering why this is so important. Good habits are important because they are what will help you reach your dream goal. No matter what your goal is, whether it is a bikini body, bodybuilding, or finishing a triathlon, healthy habits are going to get you there!

 

How Are Habits Formed?

To form a habit you have to tie the habit to a trigger. A trigger is something that alerts you to the fact that you will soon need to perform the habit you are trying to cement. So when the trigger is happening, you should automatically feel the need to complete the habit.

 

Here are some examples of triggers and habits.

  • When you finish work (trigger), you drive straight to the gym (habit)
  • When you finish the gym (trigger), you take your protein shake (habit)
  • When you start cooking dinner (trigger), you also put on a pot of green vegetables (habit)

So how did these behaviours turn into habits? They turned into habits through constant repetition. Repetition is so important because it is what concretes a habit. With time and repetitions those behaviours will no longer be conscious actions but instead a subconscious habit. Awareness is also very important to forming habits. We need to be aware that bad triggers could lead to the unraveling of your habits. For example if you are feeling stressed (trigger) you might turn to junk food (habit) for comfort.

 

Here Is A Step By Step Guide On How To Create Healthy Habits!

Step 1 – Write down the habits you want to create.

Step 2 – Make a plan that involves the triggers, the obstacles and the deadline.

Step 3 – Get to know what drives you and make sure your motivation is strong.

Step 4 – Come up with a support network of friends and family who can bring you up when you are down.

Step 5 – Make sure you are always reflecting on your progress.

Step 6 – Have a reward system where when you do the right habit after a trigger, you reward yourself.

Step 7 – The most important thing is to be positive and consistent, because with time you will create those good habits and achieve your goals!