Written By: Tricia Wagner-Lau, Certified Health Coach
Embarking on a journey to create a new habit can be both exciting and challenging. The key to success lies in finding the right starting point. Whether you're aiming to kick a bad habit to the curb, or you're eager to adopt a positive one, the process begins with a well-planned foundation. Here are some tips on how to find that perfect starting point.
1. First and foremost, assess your basic health behaviors and habits like sleeping, eating, hydration, movement, and stress management. Which area needs the most improvement? Be clear about what habit you want to establish.
2. Break your goal down into smaller, manageable steps. If your goal is to eat healthier, begin with something as simple as eating one extra serving of vegetables a day. Choose a specific date to start your habit, but make sure it's not too distant.
3. Identify existing habits or routines in your life that can serve as triggers for your new habit. For instance, if you want to read more, associate it with an existing routine like drinking your morning coffee. Keep a journal or use a habit-tracking app to monitor your progress.
4. Consistency is the backbone of habit formation. Commit to your habit daily or at your pre-determined frequency. Over time, it will become second nature. As you progress, you might experience setbacks but don't be discouraged by them. Instead, view them as opportunities to learn, adjust your strategy, and adapt your approach to better suit your evolving needs.
Remember that creating a new habit takes time and dedication. Finding the right starting point is crucial, but equally important is your perseverance and adaptability along the way. By following these steps and staying patient, you'll increase your chances of successfully integrating your desired habit into your daily life.