Let’s talk about forming new habits. We all have times in our lives where we intentionally want to change our behavior for the better and create new habits for ourselves. This could be getting in the habit of eating healthier and drinking more water. Or it could be moving more and taking the dog for a daily walk. Or it could be work related, or spiritual, or… There are so many areas in our lives that could be improved and made easier if we created new habits.
3 Steps to Creating New Habits
Getting into the habit of doing something is often easier said than done. We seem to acquire bad habits without any effort, but getting into a “good” habit can be a little more challenging.
Let’s break it down into a three step process that makes it easy to follow until we’ve internalized the new behavior and made it a true habit – something we do automatically without having to think about, like brushing our teeth.
#1 Decide What You Want To Do
The first step is to decide what you want that new habit to be. Be as specific as possible. Don’t just tell yourself you want to show up on Facebook Live more. Instead say something like “I will go live on Facebook on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday ”. Deciding what your new habit will be and committing to when and how you’re going to do it, is half the battle..
#2 Remind Yourself To Get It Done
The next few weeks should be smooth sailing. You’re motivated and excited to get this done. Sticking to your new habit isn’t an issue. But a few weeks in you’ll notice that it’s easy to slip back into old habits. Maybe you’re tired and don’t feel like showing up. Or maybe your day just gets away from you. This is when it’s important to have a reminder. Set an alert on your phone or add the new habit to your weekly to-do list for a while.
#3 Make It Part Of Your Routine Until It Becomes A Habit
Which brings us to the last step. It takes some time before a new behavior becomes a true habit. Until then, a routine will work to your best advantage. Even before the new behavior becomes automatic, a routine will help you get it done without having to spend a lot of willpower or relying on reminders. Make showing up on Monday a part of your after-lunch routine, or change from showing up when you feel like it to showing up exactly at 10:00 in the morning.
Congratulations! Decide to create the new Facebook Live habit, practice the routine until it’s second nature and you’ll be well on your way to getting visible for your dream clients.