Creating habits takes time

Ryan Donohue.
Ryan Donohue.

It’s time to re-assess this week and look at what it is we are trying to achieve.

We always set out with the greatest of intentions. We tell ourselves that this year will be different, that this year will be our year. We are hell bent on achieving everything we set out to achieve.

We go forth with one thing – a positive mindset.

But before the end of February that way of thinking has diminished along with the memories of the last year.

It’s diminished because you failed to plan. Its diminished because you failed to adopt the lifestyle changes you said you were going to adopt. It’s diminished because you failed to track, and measure, and you aren’t seeing what you want to see.

Creating habits takes time. They can take up to three to four weeks to become second nature. Yet you may not have given them the time to become second nature. You need to create the mindset, and learn to deal with small failures, and lose the ‘I’ll start next week’ mentality.

Changing things means coming out of your comfort zone, just as working hard to get results in the gym does. If your not feeling slightly uncomfortable with these changes, then you’re not trying hard enough.

Breaking down your goals into small, and attainable chunks, means you are not increasing the commitment to something you are unable to achieve. When you hit your small targets, you are showing yourself that you are capable of achieving your long term ‘vision’.

If you find that you are not attaining the goals that you have set yourself, then don’t give up in the first instance. Re-assess them and work back if you haven’t achieved them.

Don’t skip them as they will start to snowball and will soon become unattainable.

Remember that consistency means you stand a far better chance of really achieving the vision or resolution that you have set for yourself. Consistency is king. If you are to unlock whatever it is that you set out to do you need to think of this.

Successful people are consistent, they weren’t born like that, they worked for it.

They came out of their comfort zone and achieved their goals.

Persistence beats resistance.