It’s time for another confidence action tip. Today is all about building new habits. There’s nothing to boost your confidence like getting into the habit of doing something positive. Whether you decide to give up coffee or quit smoking, go to the gym each morning or get your most difficult task out of the way first every day, we all have habits that we want to grow to make our lives easier.
But establishing new habits isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be hard to get going. Which is where today’s confidence action tip comes into play. I have a simple little strategy that you can deploy anytime you want to cultivate a new good habit.
Use The KISS Principle
Creating new habits isn’t easy. That’s why it’s important to keep it simple (Keep It Simple Silly). Don’t overcomplicate things and don’t try to change too much at once.
Instead of completely making over your morning for example, tackle it one habit at a time. Start by getting up at a certain time of the day and doing one simple task like writing in your journal. Once that habit is established, start making a new one. Rinse and repeat until you’ve completely made over your morning routine, one positive habit at a time.
If you haven’t read The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan yet, I highly recommend it. He talks about trying to do too much at once, and how if you really want to create habits with staying power, you have to build them up one at a time. If you pick the right one to start with, he says, all the rest fall into place much easier.
Commit For 30 Days
There’s a very good reason I made this confidence building series 30 days long. It takes about that long to start establishing a new habit. In fact depending on the complexity of the habit you are creating, it can take up to 66 days to really make it stick.
You can use the same concept and commit to your new habit for as long as it takes. Thirty days is a great start, but if it takes longer don’t worry about it. At the end of the first 30 days, you should see some serious results and chances are you’ve formed the new habit so you no longer have to put a lot of energy and effort into making it happen on a daily basis.
There you have it. Keep it simple and define one new habit you want to establish. Then stick to it for 30 days. It can be helpful to have a calendar or checklist where you can check it off every day. Your biggest challenges will be to remember to do the new task each day, and to keep from talking yourself into slacking off towards the middle of your commitment. By the end the new habit should become a true habit and something you will do without having to think about at least spending a lot of energy talking yourself into getting it done.