“I’m just not a routine person.”   |   “I’m just a free spirit.”   |   “But I don’t want to be boring!”

These were the excuses I made when I failed—yet again—to keep up a new habit. These were the things I’d tell myself when I thought about the things I wanted to do daily—journal, meditate, go to the gym—but never did. I had an excuse for everything. I had a reason to control every failure. The road to success may be full of curves, but the path to failure is much easier to predict. And I like to stay in control.

Over the last few months, I went from not being able to be consistent with anything to genuinely doing the damn things I wanted to do. It wasn’t a matter of forcing myself, and it wasn’t a quick fix. It was a diligent, conscious, intentional, and vigilant process to bring about new, healthier habits into my life.

 

6 Steps To Make Habits Stick

Woman sitting on sofa using laptop

Source: Her Campus

 

1. Pick habits you honestly want to add.

I didn’t choose habits I thought I should add because of what anyone else was doing or because some silly article on the internet told me I should. It wasn’t about keeping up with other people; it was about listening to myself. Once I started to see these habits as things I wanted to add, my entire attitude toward building rituals and routines changed.

Once I started to see these habits as things I wanted to add, my entire attitude toward building rituals and routines changed. For example, when I started viewing the exercise bike at the gym as a fun challenge, I would see how many more miles I could do each week.