How To Make Good Habits Stick

7 Things You Can Do to Lock in Habits Over the Long Term

How we operate daily is a reflection of the habits we have. The more good habits we have, the better our lives will be.

As we all desire to improve and have better lives, sometimes we struggle to follow through and stick to doing the things we know will be beneficial to us.

While having an intention to make a positive change, such as exercising a few times per week, drinking plenty of water daily or getting enough sleep each night, is a good starting point, sticking to the new habits is challenging.

One of the reasons why people abandon their New Year’s resolutions is because they are not able to lock in their new habits over the long term.

The Costs of Not Sticking to Our Habits

  • It generates feelings of disappointment, regret and resignation.
  • We lose trust in ourselves as we’re unable to keep our commitments.
  • It lowers our self-confidence.
  • We’re reluctant to try something that requires a long-term commitment.
  • We don’t progress as quickly as we’d like to.

It’s one thing to identify a new or good habit we want to have, but it’s much more challenging to actually stick with it.

Making good habits stick