How Do We Make The New Habits Stick

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Creating new meaning for our lives can come as a result of forming new habits.

I once was told not to start anything that I am not going to commit to. I am guilty like some of you, who have started things and end up not following through to the end. All is not lost but in order to get past that habit of starting and stopping before completion, you’ll have to first be honest with yourself and stop saying you are okay when you are not.

You have in you to finish what you have started.

Don’t sweat it if you are not perfect in the beginning. Remember it is something new that you are doing. The good thing about it is that you are doing it.

I know you have heard to be consistent and if you can be you’ll form that new habit after 21 days or so. However, the consistency piece is what some of us have a problem with. What I found out for myself and from reflecting today was that whenever I have stopped what I have started in the past was because I started before I make a plan on how to complete what I have started.

Do you have an accountability partner? We all need someone at times to keep us motivated especially when we are forming a new habit.

Making positive change in our lives can be challenging but if we really want to experience more out of life – going the extra mile will worth it. It was Mahatma Gandhi who said, “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” That is to say, forming new habits is a way of remaking ourselves.

Only you can make your new habits stick.

It is good to start when we are ready but sometimes life happens and we have to start even before we are fully ready. Therefore, with these two simple reminders I hope they with making your new habit stick. They are, don’t worry about being perfect and get an accountability partner.

“99% of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”  George Washington Carver

What new habit have you formed lately that impacted your life greatly?


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2 responses to “How Do We Make The New Habits Stick

  1. I find that excuses are our worst form of self-deception which can only serve to hold us back from what we aspire to achieve. Rather, we need to embrace self-actualization in the most realistic fashion, for…reality paints an entirely different picture.

  2. Indeed, Don. “Excuses are lies that we tell ourselves” and in turn it robs us of what’s possible.

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