Discussing :: Two Simple Ways to Form New Habits Without Really Trying

Forming new habits is often seen as a huge commitment that only a few fortunate souls - blessed with a naturally high dosage of willpower - can ever accomplish. The rest of us can only content ourselves with silly attempts to change, only to default to our old ways.   read full article

#1

Two Simple Ways to Form New Habits Without Really Trying

it is a HUGE committment and definitely a hard thing to do...habits are extremely hard to break...addicitions/habits kind of the same...if you really want to stop something you are going to give it 110% and it can be done! you just have to WANT to...I broke mine and to keep it going I just had to look back at it and remember the bad things and how much better I felt...that keeps you going.


Success is but a small sacrifice of time and effort.

#2

Two Simple Ways to Form New Habits Without Really Trying

After reading this I feel more empowered to try and give up smoking again. I really want to do it, BUT I have to comit to it 110 percent.

#3

Two Simple Ways to Form New Habits Without Really Trying

Hey, the article is so true. Going cold turkey or making adramatic change to adopt a new habit doesn't work for everbody so, as the article says take it one step at a time. If you want to increase your exercise or fitness level start with just 5 minutes per day and progressively increase it. Walk for 5 minutes per day for a week then slowly increase it - slot it in during a lunch break - easy as!! 10 minutes a week, then 20 etc, etc. After a serious illness I needed to increase my strength and stamina and so started with 10 minutes per day. In a matter of weeks I had caught the bug and was up to an hour per day and feeling all the better for it.

Someone once said it takes 21 days of concerted effort to form or break a habit.

Good luck.

#4

Two Simple Ways to Form New Habits Without Really Trying

Still trying to give up that smoking habit......wish me luck

#5

Two Simple Ways to Form New Habits Without Really Trying

Some people find habits easier to make or break than others. I'm sure it's in the makeup of our DNA. My Dad quit smoking cold turkey while my Mum still struggles to give up the nicotine gum! I'm a bit of both of them, some things are easy to break, others not so much! Good luck to everyone trying to form/break habits in the new year.

#6

Two Simple Ways to Form New Habits Without Really Trying

One step at a time has always been good advice. As a life-long starter of many things and completer of few I've found that the secret is to take things easy and not expect the world right away. With that mindset you're far more likely to do a bit every day and finally achieve. The only thing this approach doesn't work with is a bottle of fine wine!

#7

Two Simple Ways to Form New Habits Without Really Trying

I think this article focuses somewhat on the habit being something of chore. In order keep motivation, we should intersperse our routine with fun activities in order to maintain motivation.
For example for myself trying to for a run in the morning, I might decide to take a football and have a kick aroundin the park instead.
My first year at varsity, I met a hot girl while out jogging in the morning, that was great motivator to get up every morning to say hi to her. That quickly became a habit.

#8

Two Simple Ways to Form New Habits Without Really Trying

I think the motivation is the key. If you have a good enough reason, that is important to you, then you can kick any habit... if you want it bad enough. My wife was seriously addicted to chocolate eating ALOT every day for 15 years plus. She got pregnant and immediately dropped it from her diet. Her motivation was the welfare of her new baby. After she finished breastfeeding the chocolate addiction started again. Until the next pregnancy where it was again dropped. So she can't or won't do it for herself but the diet of a new baby is all the motivation she needed.

#9

Two Simple Ways to Form New Habits Without Really Trying

This is a really good one for the New Years resolutions

Alot easier to keep if you dont have to try and actively keep them.

#10

Two Simple Ways to Form New Habits Without Really Trying

I like this article alot. It talks about ideas that ive often thought about myself. I find habits hard to pick up becasue i kind of feel like they would help me, but ive done alright without them for years. One example is fitness, for 2 years now ive wanted to start running regularly. But im already in good shape from the sport i played as a teenager. I'm not over-weight, i dont smoke, i am on my feet all day in my employment and i play social sport once or twice a week. So although i would like to jog daily, do i really need to? is there any point?

Do you see my problem.

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