As you know it takes mindset, willpower and discipline to form good habits. Only then can you really reach your highest potential and get the most out of life. All three of these things work together and while this may sound simple, it is not always that easy.
When you have willpower you will find it easier to commit to performing a certain task. You may have set yourself goals that you want to meet. Willpower does not come naturally and it takes time, effort and self-control to use effectively.
The thing with willpower is that you do not always see your results immediately. This can be a little daunting to some people, you are putting in the hard work without seeing any results. This can easily make you feel like giving up.
Willpower includes self-discipline which must be sustained in order to reach your goals. A great example of this is with weight loss and exercising. You have to eat healthy and exercise regularly to achieve results.
The best way to form a good habit is by repeating the task or activity over and over again. The more you do something the easier it becomes. You stop viewing it as a chore and accept it as part of your normal routine. This shift gives you a new mindset. One of success, not trauma.
This same principle applies to breaking bad habits. It takes lots of repetition to stop smoking for example, or to cut out sugar. You need your willpower and your discipline to reach your goals. When your mindset shifts to preference for the new goals over the old habits, applaud your success!
When you repeat something you are creating a new routine. When your new routine becomes second nature, then you have formed a good habit. This doesn’t always have to take that long either. If you are determined to form a new habit you can do so in as little as 21 days.
Another ingredient to help you form and keep your good habits is that of motivation. You require motivation to develop willpower and to stay disciplined. There are many modes of motivation. You may be told by your doctor that unless you quit smoking you will develop lung cancer. Or if you don’t change your diet you will most likely suffer a heart attack. This type of motivation can be viewed almost as a threat.
The other type of motivation is when you have the desire to change, it comes from a force deep within you. Once you have this type of motivation your willpower and discipline levels will increase. As you start your journey you will find that nothing can stop you, your mindset is totally focused on your end goal. That is the shift that forms a new, lifelong habit.