5 Steps to Making Habits that Create Your Future

5 Steps to Making Habits that Create Your Future

Making habits is easier than breaking habits.

“You are what you repeatedly do.”*

The things you repeatedly do create your future. Tell me the things you do every day and I’ll tell you what your life will be like next year.

The quality of your leadership distills into making habits that create your future.

The quality of your leadership distills into making habits that create your future. Image of a pot still.The quality of your leadership distills into making habits that create your future. Image of a pot still.

5 steps to making habits:

#1. Notice habits.

Notice the things you repeatedly do. Making habits includes noticing current habits.

Project:

Ask people you admire about the habits that helped them succeed.

#2. Tap your imagination.

Imagination is key to making habits.

Imagine who you aspire to become. What repeated behaviors take you there?

Imagine the team you would love to lead. What repeated behaviors build your desired team?

Imagine the life you aspire to enjoy. What repeated behaviors build your preferred life?

Project:

Spend two weeks writing an imagination journal. Set aside 5 or 10 minutes every day to let your imagination roam. Look for patterns when you’re done.

What do you really want?

#3. Begin small, very small.

Create the flywheel effect with a series of tiny wins.

Design an intervention and lower it by 90% to begin.

Don’t commit to working out for an hour everyday if you haven’t worked out for a year. Commit to showing up at the gym at 7 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Don’t even commit to working out. Just show up.

Create the flywheel effect with a series of tiny wins. Image of a flywheel.Create the flywheel effect with a series of tiny wins. Image of a flywheel.

#4. Practice habit stacking.

I wanted to drink more water. My new habit: Every time I go to the restroom it reminds me to drink water.

#5. Include others.

Everyone needs a ‘with’.

Find a partner. Encourage each other.

Tip: Write this phrase on a small piece of paper: I change best by feeling good, not by feeling bad. BF Fogg

What tips might you add for making habits that create the future?

Still curious:

The Self-Reflection Sandwich

How to Build Healthy Habits – The New York Times

*Will Durante summarizing Aristotle.

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