FORMING GOOD HABITS

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Let's define habits. Habits are the small decisions you make and actions you perform every day. According to researchers at Duke University, habits account for about 40 percent of our behaviors on any given day. Understanding how to build new habits (and how your current ones work) is essential for making progress in your health, happiness, and life in general.

But there can be a lot of information out there and most of it isn't very simple to digest. To solve this problem and break things down in a very simple manner, this strategy guide will help build new habits that actually stick.
 Learning to be patient is the most critical skill of all. You cannot make incredible progress if you are not consistent and patient. You’ll have to start small and set goals to continue.
•    To begin with, decide to start with an incredibly small habit. When most people struggle to stick with a new habit, they say something like, “I just need more motivation.” Or, “I wish I had as much willpower as you do solve this problem by picking a new habit that is easy enough that you don't need motivation to undertake and be consistent with.
•     Commit to change. This is easier said than done. Rather than trying to do something amazing from the beginning, start small and gradually improve. Along the way, your willpower and motivation will increase, which will make it easier to stick to your habit for good. E.g. when you want to start reading, its rather advisable to read smaller volumes of books before growing into bigger books
•    Top performers make mistakes, commit errors, and get off track just like everyone else. The difference is that they get back on track as quickly as possible, you shouldn't expect to fail, but you should plan for failure. Take some time to consider what will prevent you from developing the habit. Ask yourself questions like; what are some things that are likely to get in my way? What are some daily emergencies that are likely to pull me off course? How can I plan to work around these issues? Or, at least, how can I bounce back quickly from them and get back on track? A written plan is always your best bet.