“Our daily decisions and habits have a huge impact upon both our levels of happiness and success.”

~Shawn Achor

When you create a new habit, it’s tempting to jump right in and do too much.

Sometimes, the practice of the new habit is more important than the habit itself.

The more you practice the easier it becomes.

Replacing our old habits with new and positive ones is an essential step in achieving a new way of life.

However, for some of us, creating those habits is easier said than done.

Here are 4 easy steps you can take to help you create a new habit:

1. Make a plan.

Forget about failures in the past, set a date, and start fresh with a solid plan.

If the habit you are trying to change is your negative thinking, then make a plan on how you are going to do it.

Creating positive affirmations for yourself is a great way to change your way of thought.

Write them down, make a plan to repeat them twice a day, and so on.

Affirm and practice your new habit every single day.

Make it a part of your present, not just your future.

2. Get positive feedback.

It’s easy to give up without accountability and support.

You need praise for your efforts and encouragement when it’s difficult.

Tell your family and friends you are trying to change and ask for their support.

Remind yourself every single day the benefits of your new habit.

This will keep you motivated.

3. Report your habit to a social group.

Announce your new habit on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog.

Ask friends and family for support.

Tell them you want to be held accountable.

If you miss a day, feel discouraged, or get stuck, report it so your friends can cheer you on and encourage you.

4. Reward yourself.

Allow yourself a prize if you reach a certain goal.

For example, if you repeat your affirmations to yourself twice a day for a whole week straight, you can buy yourself your favorite tub of ice cream.

We are not suggesting you buy yourself ice cream every week, but you get the point.

Find a reward you care about. That will keep you motivated.

Rewarding yourself for your hard work is a key part of staying motivated.

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It takes practice, skill, and motivation to keep a habit.

But with the help of the tips listed above, anybody can create a new habit.

And most importantly, stick to it!

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

~Jim Ryun