How to Build and Maintain Powerful Habits

Flashback to January when we created our “new year, new us” resolutions. Now that we’ve begun the second quarter of the year, how do you feel about the progress you’ve made? It’s common for these goals to trail off into the distance by now, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With the introduction and implementation of habits built to work for you (and last), you should start to see a massive difference in your productivity and resolutions follow-through. Today, the International Business Concepts team will break down our methods for creating impressionable habits that have helped lead us to success. Let’s get to it!

“Time magnifies the margin between success and failure. It will multiply whatever you feed it. Good habits make time your ally. Bad habits make time your enemy.”

– James Clear

Define Your Vision

You can’t chase progress if you don’t know what you’re working towards, right? The first, and most important step, is to define your vision. Ask yourself, “Where do I want to be this time next year? What do I need to accomplish to feel successful?” Start messy. Write down all the thoughts that come to mind. Once you’ve finished this brain dump, seek out the consistencies. Those are what you want to accomplish most!

Next, you’ll need to organize your “wants.” Make a list and arrange them from most important to least. Then, aim to tackle them in that order! Now that you know what you’re seeking to achieve, the process of building the appropriate habits can begin.

The Art of Habit-Stacking

The simplest way to ease into the world of habit creation is with habit-stacking. How exactly does this work? Think back to the actions you do daily without any extra thought. For example, let’s say that you take a shower every day when you wake up, brush your teeth, and make a cup of coffee with your breakfast. All of these actions you do at ease because they’re a part of your morning ritual.

For the sake of the example, let’s say you want to focus on improving your mindset, filling yourself with more uplifting thoughts as you tackle your responsibilities. To habit-stack, you would add on one desired action on top of each routine action.

After I wake up, I won’t check my phone for at least 30 minutes. After I shower, I will look in the mirror and say five positive affirmations. After I brush my teeth, I will vocalize three things I’m grateful for. After I drink my coffee, I will write out my goals for the day.

By simply adding a new action on top of an existing one, the thought is that you will remember them easier, and with time, they’ll become a part of your daily routine as well – new habits.

This can work for any type of goal – fitness, mindset, professional, etc. Cater the actions to your wanted outcomes, and anything is possible if you put in the work! 

Recognize Your “Bad” Habits

Now that you’ve discovered how to create habits that will fulfill your goals, it’s time to dig a little deeper. We encourage you to think to yourself, “What habits do I already have that may be hindering where I want to go?” Again, write these down. Take a good look at them, acknowledge they exist but don’t blame yourself for acquiring them. Instead, remember that you’re focused on developing better personal systems, and this is just a piece of the process.

Many of us create resolutions based on habits like these that we want to break free from. Use these as fuel to grow! Next time you catch yourself in the middle of or about to take part in these negative actions, think back to your vision; it’s the core of what you’re working towards. It will help negate you from backtracking your progress. Don’t forget to give yourself grace, though. Building and breaking habits take time!

At International Business Concepts, we believe we are capable of anything we set our minds to. We strive to build upon our strengths and learn from our weaknesses. It’s never too late to begin working on yourself, and creating new, impactful habits is a great way to do so. For more business tips like these, we encourage you to “like” us on Facebook!

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