As cliché as it may sound, but your life is truly about habits. You may have read many stories and books on how successful people have specific habits. Some like to read more, while others do a few lifestyle exercises without excuses. For a lot of people, the biggest hurdle or concern is how to make a habit stick. You may want to make a change in your life, but probably, you are not succeeding as expected. In this post, we are discussing more on what it takes to stick to a habit.

Figure out the reasons for failure

Why do people fail to stick to a habit? The reasons are many. In many cases, a person may not just enjoy the new change, no matter how beneficial, while others may find it hard to incorporate a change. Often, people also try too many things at a time, or lack the motivation to get started. The most common reason is the lack of continuity. You may start with a habit, but as soon as there is a break for any particular reason, you may just stop going back to it.

Before you quit something, figure out which of the abovementioned reasons is responsible for your failure.

How to start and stick with a habit?

  • One habit at a time. You may have the wrong lifestyle, but you cannot change it all at once. Always start with one habit at a time. For instance, if you are trying to lose weight, don’t try dieting right away. Begin with small changes in your diet and move to a more healthier meal plan.

  • Start slow but steady. If you really want attract the life of your dreams, you have to start with good habits somewhere. Being slow and steady is the way forward. One small change at a time, but more importantly, take that first step. Don’t be hesitant to accept the change that a new habit brings into your life.
  • Enjoy it. It is easier said than done, but if you want to stick to a habit, you have to see something positive in it to continue it. For instance, if someone has never been to a gym, they should ideally start with light form of exercise, which doesn’t hurt the muscles and encourages them to come back the next day.

Don’t be hard on yourself

It’s okay to fail. What’s not okay is to stop trying. Try small things in your life that can help you change your perception and build new habits. For instance, make it a point to have that one fruit in breakfast, and when you do that every day, it becomes a habit. However, if you missed one day, ensure that you don’t miss the next day. Continuity is the way to form a habit, and you have to keep trying.

There is no better way to build a habit than to believe in your capability and will power, while sticking to the course of action.