Updated: Mar 26
We are more likely to repeat a habit if the experience of doing it is satisfying.
Our brains prioritise instant gratification over delayed gratification.
The Cardinal Rule Of Habit Building- goes, What is immediately rewarded is repeated. What is immediately punished is avoided.
For any habit to become consistent, you need to feel it is immediately successful in delivering a benefit, even if the benefit is small.
The first three strategies of building a habit; make it obvious, make it attractive, make it easy, increase the odds of the habit being performed.
Making a habit satisfying increases the odds of the habit being repeated.
One of the most satisfying feelings of habit-building is the feeling that you are progressing. A habit tracker is a simple way to measure how much progress you are making.
Tracking habit consistency is a good visual form of measuring progress and can help you not break the chain of the consistency you build. Not breaking the chain can become a powerful motivator to stick to the habit and in itself very satisfying.
How To Build A Habit: Recap
To build a habit that you can consistently follow, you first have to make it obvious. Make the habit so obvious that you can’t help but notice the triggers that make making your habit automatic.
Then make it attractive. The more reward you get from doing the habit, the more you will end up doing it.
Your environment should make it easier for you to perform your habit. The easier you find implementing the habit, the higher the consistency will be.
And last, make your habit satisfying. The more you feel you are progressing, the more satisfaction you will get from doing the habit.
If you follow these four steps to building a habit, I am confident you will find becoming habit consistent less challenging and more successful.
If you require more advice and support in becoming more habit consistent, please feel free to contact me to discuss how my coaching can help.
Just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or join one of my 30-Day Habit Challenges.
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