A key to every success in life is in the successful creation of habits, especially winning habits. Moreover, the question of how to create and lock in lasting habits so they become normal, is one which many people seek the answer. Furthermore, the essential element in establishing winning habits lies with you. How and what you feel. The actions you take and the beliefs you hold. Finally, to establish habits comes down to you ensuring you develop a mindset for success.
So, let’s look at the seven steps that make up your winning habits creation plan.
Knowing your outcome is the first step in creating your winning habits plan
As obvious as this may sound, knowing your outcome is essential before you embark on a new journey. Too often people pull a random goal out of the air. Furthermore, it is often Influenced by social norms, or what others are doing. A spark of regret or a glimmer of excitement as you momentarily imagine how good this would be for you. Perhaps it’s a new exercise regime, the latest fad diet, a month with no alcohol or a 60 day exercise challenge. Most of which, are destined to fail.
A better way to start is to gain a clear perspective and review your past achievements and failures. Look back over the past 12 months. Note what has worked and what was successful. Next, consider what didn’t work and what you didn’t accomplish. From here, decide one key area of your life to focus on. Pick the area that is a top priority and get crystal clear as to what you want to change and why. Most importantly, keep asking yourself why this is important until you connect to a positive feeling that you can name.
Lastly, ensure your outcome is specific and measurable. Your brain loves seeking goals. If health is your focus, ask how can you measure the result? Is it a specific size of clothing you want to fit into, to run 10km, 5km or increase fitness by 30%? Getting crystal clear on your outcome is the first step towards making your winning habits creation plan.
You must believe that you can succeed
The next vital piece of your winning habits plan is to strengthen your belief. If you don’t believe you can achieve this, you won’t. It’s that simple. Your thoughts create your beliefs and your beliefs shape your result. A key component in a Growth Mindset and a Mindset for Success is self-belief. Believing you can improve by focusing on yourself and gaining momentum and motivation from the actions you take consistently. In Carol Dweck’s book, Growth Mindset, students increased their grades because they believed if they focused on their learning, they would improve.
‘Believe that you will succeed and you will.’ Dale Carnegie
Part of creating your winning habit creation plan is to check your language supports what you want. To achieve this you must become an observer of your thoughts. Listen carefully with an attitude of curiosity and kindness. Are they in alignment with what you want or are they filled with doubt, self-criticism or fear? If so, observe them, let them go and replace them with a thought that is towards what you want.
Create a core driving question for your winning habits plan
Knowing your values, what is important to you and ensuring they align with your goals and are supported by your desired behaviours, is critical. When you know your values, create a core question that drives the energy of your mind, your thoughts, towards your goal.
‘Mindset predicts motivation and achievement.’ Carol Dweck
For example, if health is your focus, your driving question could be:
‘How can I easily focus on becoming healthier every day?’
If you desire to be a better planner to improve your business outcomes,
‘How can I easily become a master planner and double my business growth?’
Finally, write your core question down and recite it daily. Champion yourself to lock it in so it becomes a natural part of your mindset for success. Guide it to become the driving force to your winning habits creation plan.Create a driving question to help you establish habits that align with your goals Click To Tweet
Take small steps consistently
While you probably know, by logic, that small steps are important, it’s common for humans to be impatient and want it all now. Consequently, we set lofty goals and unrealistically schedule required behaviours and actions, in order to achieve what we want. Furthermore, we hope we will fall in love with our unfamiliar behaviours and they will magically become winning habits.
Unfortunately, life doesn’t normally work like this. Our brains are driven towards pleasure and away from pain which means we hate deprivation and getting uncomfortable. Starting out big usually leads to disaster. On the other hand, when you start small you ward off the possibility of giving up after a week because it feels too hard or you have over-committed in your already busy schedule. Make it so simple that it feels almost too easy. Moreover, if you fail to start small and lose your way, you will be left wondering why you didn’t do the things you know you should.
Sir David Brailsford offers a fantastic lesson in his philosophy of ‘the principle of marginal gains.’ Furthermore, incremental improvements or marginal gains was a key strategy behind the success of Britain’s Team Sky. Not only did they achieve their first victory in the Tour de France, but they also went on to achieve even more wins in other major cycling races. If it can help a team win the toughest cycling race in the world, imagine what it could do for you?
Embrace the philosophy of the aggregate of marginal gains in your life
Consider what you could achieve if you made a number of small changes in your life. What if you drank one more glass of water a day? How about eating off a smaller plate two times a week at dinner? What if you went to bed 30 minutes earlier twice a week and got up 30 minutes earlier twice a week? And you used this 30 minutes to focus on your goals? How about you read for ten minutes three times a week to start a habit of reading more books? What if you skipped one dinner each week to give your body a break from eating. You freed up more energy to heal and eliminate toxins in your body? Just imagine how these small changes will compound into big results.
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Remember your habits are ultimately the result of many small decisions that you have taken over time. Furthermore, as your habits shape your identity and influence your results, they are key in programming your subconscious mind. Furthermore, making small decisions and taking small steps is one way to ensure you both create winning habits and achieve your goals.
Create winning habits such as planning and scheduling
What gets scheduled is more likely to get done. This means it is helpful to schedule your new actions in your diary. Prioritise them as you would an important business meeting. Next, tick them off once completed. Furthermore, take time to review your day and your week. All of these habits will help you focus on personal excellence and become the person you desire. Ultimately, you must prove to yourself that you are reliable and you will do what it takes. This is how to create winning habits that stick. Acknowledge your successes to help you maintain consistency, is also essential.
Gather support and get a team on your side
Whether it’s finding a coach, an accountability partner or sharing your goals, having support increases your chance of success. You only have to look at the world of sports to see the proof of this. All great athletes have coaches and many of them have several. Teams have coaches to help them achieve great results together. Moreover, connection is a fundamental human need and being supported, encouraged and championed along the way is vital. Furthermore, another person sees the world through a different lens. Having a team around you is helpful for those moments when you have a wobble or need some extra motivation to keep going. And of course, ups and downs are a normal part of life.
Keep focused and review progress when necessary
As humans, we love short term gratification, however, to achieve our goals usually means delaying reward now for future gain. Accomplishing our goals involves repetition and consistency. Most important, consistency and repetition creates routines which become habits. Some habits are more important than others so identify those that are your keystone habits. Keystone habits are like the foundations for your other habits.
In performance psychology and the world of sports, there is an expression FOCUS FEEDBACK FIX.
Apply this to your habits. Keep focused and do what is necessary. Review regularly to determine how you are doing. Log your progress and check what is working and what isn’t. If you aren’t doing your new behaviour or failing to be consistent you may need to make some changes. This is where the fix comes in. Furthermore, it is key for creating both winning habits and a champion mindset as athletes do.
It is critical to prove to yourself you are reliable and will do what it takes
When you embrace this winning habits creation plan into your life, stick with it, you will become the type of person who is reliable. Moreover, proving you are reliable and will do what it takes is the key to building self-belief, a vital ingredient for all success.
Finally, remember, all you have to do is decide what you want to change, create and accomplish. And then, of course, make a plan and take the first step. And then another and another. Those first steps get you into momentum and then, only you can choose to stop.
About the Author
Mandy Napier is a Global High Performance Mindset Coach who is dedicated to supporting high achievers fulfil their potential and achieve extraordinary results professionally and personally. Transformations are the norm, and results guaranteed.
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