New Year’s Resolutions and Old Habits
4 Steps to change your habits
Habits are defined as regularly recurring events or actions. There are natural habits such as breathing, sleeping or blinking or learned habits like driving, working or typing.
Habits deliver many advantages because they allow us to do things without thinking about what we are doing. Recurrent tasks can be carried out quickly and efficiently. Thus, they are an important part of our subconscious. The routine that goes along with habits gives us self-confidence and makes our life easier. Think about routine tasks such as driving the car on the same route every day or domestic work.
But habits also have disadvantages because they can lead to carelessness, boredom and laziness. Habits are a problem as soon as the habit is no longer appropriate for who you are or who you want to become.
If you discover that you have habits which you would like to change or abandon, you are already engaged in the process of change. The more actively you do something you want to change, the better the chance to succeed. Plan carefully: the steps to reach your personal goal, the necessary resources (money, time, skills) and the appropriate time to start.
Initially, every change starts in your mind. Imagine clearly again and again the positive changes you can reach with your new behaviour. Integrate the new behaviour into your cycle of self-talk and motivate yourself with positive thoughts of the end results and the advantages to you.
According to psychologists, it takes approximately thirty days to break or make a new habit. This means moving an activity from the subconscious to the conscious and back to the subconscious. Therefore, have patience with yourself and do not get discouraged by set-backs. Next time it will work better!
Four steps to help you to change your habits
- Step 1: Become aware of your current habits.
- Step 2: Review your habits to determine if they are appropriate or inappropriate for the person you want to become.
- Step 3: Consciously plan some new habits in detail.
- Step 4: Implement your new habits step by step.
We wish you a successful and healthy New Year and may many of your goals and plans be realised.