If one of your goals is to write a book, a simple daily habit would be to work onyour book for at least one hour per day. If you can install and maintain thathabit, completing your book is practically a done deal. Even if you write only onweekdays and take two weeks off, that’s still 250 hours per year you’ll beinvesting in your book. This simple discipline is enough to build a career as aprofessional writer.Ask yourself:
What daily discipline(s) would make this goal a done deal?
Theanswer to that question will tell you what habit(s) to install. If you can conditionand maintain those habits, you’ll very likely achieve your goal. It’s only a matterof time.
Make your habits specific. Identify when, where, and how you’ll implementthem. Leave nothing to chance.If you’re going to exercise daily to support your weight loss goal, specify whenyou’ll exercise and for how long, where you’ll exercise, and what type of exercise you’ll perform. Doing yoga in your living room from 4pm to 4:45pmdaily is a clear habit. Adding “go to the gym” to tomorrow’s to-do list is not aclear habit.One of the most basic habit properties is time. To install any new habit, you mustput in the time. Carve out a dedicated block of time to spend on your new habit.Even if the habit doesn’t require any extra time to maintain, such as the habit of not biting your nails, you’ll still need to devote time to conditioning the habit.
Start With a 30-Day Trial
Use the 30-day trial approach to kick-start your new habit. This method has ahigh success rate and can be adapted for virtually any habit you’d like to install.