Do you like doing something but never find time to do it or you just do not remember doing it, either way, you are not alone.
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Through this blog, I will be sharing with you all how I cultivate a habit
Each choice we make starts as behaviour and over time changes into a habit, why do you think our parents enforce certain rules at home from a young age like no shoes on the couch or wet towels on the floor. The answer is simple they are setting a behaviour pattern for us to follow. When you do something every day out of respect or fear, the chance of it becoming a habit is more… basic common sense right?
That being said, a balanced life is one that gives you the time and flexibility to do things that you love. I always wanted to work out, but could never get myself to do it, I came up with endless excuses for avoiding a workout. That is when I realized I was trying to develop a habit of exercising every day.
Before you start developing a habit, be clear on what is that you are trying to achieve.
I tried a few tricks based on my research to develop a habit, some actually worked but a lot of them didn’t work for me. One trick that actually works is baby steps. Yes, you heard me right… pick a thing you want to do every day, it can be anything like writing, cooking, reading, working out, drinking more water etc.
I picked working out, then I started breaking it into tiny steps, the first challenge I had to face far from developing a habit was getting up early. I put a lot of effort into this, I took me a couple of months to start getting up early. The best trick that worked for me was turning off the air conditioner, I asked my husband to turn off the air conditioner every day around7:00 a.m and leave the remote on the dressing table, which forced me to get out of the bed to turn it . The place where we live has a humid climate, you cannot survive without air conditioners. So this trick did work, once I was off the bed my sleep was gone. Over time I started waking up at 7:00 like a clockwork.
The next step I did was following a simple challenge like 21-days lemon water challenge, the reason being I wanted to see if I can do something as simple as drinking lemon water every day without fail. Surprisingly I could, this motivated me to handle a tough task like working out. As I had already crossed two hurdles waking up early and two doing something every day.
The above two task created the required base for me to cultivate a habit, all I had to do now is start some kind of exercise, I started with taking a stroll in the park every morning and then after 10 days, I started using a treadmill for 10 minutes. Today I have not only cultivated a habit of working out (even though it is only for 10 minutes) but I fact I wake up early and also start my day on a healthy note. That’s more than what I asked for.
In conclusion one can develop a habit, yes it can be done but takes effort on your end. Best way to transform a behaviour into a habit is coming up with tricks that will work for you.