What makes successful people successful? Successful people don’t have magic within them or they didn’t get aware of the winning formula by birth. Successful people become successful just because of their daily routine. These routines develop by some set of good habits. We have discussed some habits to adopt by successful people in the previous article but in this article, we discuss 4 steps to develop a new habit and the truth behind growing a habit.
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First thing first, this article is inspired by the book “The 5 AM Club” by Robin Sharma, which helps you to develop a habit. Read this book to take control of your morning.
Let’s start your journey to develop a new habit
Develop a habit in just 4 steps
Use the simple, proven methodology to develop any habits you want to incorporate into your personality. Here is a Four-step Habit Arc.Light Blue Soft and Rounded Illustrated Timeline Infographics by Shivam Gautam
Your starting point is to create some kind of signal for you. it could be a simple signal that reminds you what you want to grow a habit.
Suppose you want to wake up early in the morning, the signal could be your Alarm with the name of a habit you want to grow in life. The trigger moment could be a simple signal that reminds you to start your new habit.
Take action toward the signal. Once you get the signal the next step is to take action toward your new habit. Without giving a single thought to not pursuing your habit engage yourself in the first step to growing your habit.
It could be simple as taking action in the morning after the Alarm signal you to get up, you need to run the routine you want to encode. The faster you take the action toward your goal, the more strong you made your determination to develop a habit. Your mind tries to manipulate you that you should sleep for 10 more minutes but you need to stick to your decision to get up.
After performing the rituals the next step is to reward yourself. A new habit doesn’t have to be boring. Focus on building a reward system into the process so you can take time to celebrate the successful completion of your goals.
A suitable reward for performing rituals will drive you to get the new habit done. Always use the power of rewards for the advancement of your triumphs.
Your reward for waking up early in the morning could be a short nap in the day or it could be your favorite dessert for lunch.
Repetition may be the hardest part of developing a habit yet most important. but repeating a habit on a daily basis will only get you so far. You can do a lot by committing to a small action, doing it every day, increasing the effort over time and overcoming obstacles.
You need to repeat until you will reach to automation period and you no longer need to force yourself to do certain activities. it many cases it takes a minimum of 66 days to reach automation time but it could vary from person to person.
Each time you follow certain rituals, you’ll deepen the relationship with your sovereign self. Each time you rise at dawn, you’ll purify your character, fortify your willpower and magnify the fires of your soul. Minimum it takes 66 days to develop a new habit.
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How much time does it take to grow a new habit?
According to the book- “The 5 AM Club”, the time to develop a habit varies from person to person based on their willpower and endurance. It takes 22 days to destruct the old habit, 22 days to install a new habit and 22 days to integrate. The whole process takes a minimum of 66 days to reach the automation process.
Before following this 4 step habit arc, you must get aware that what you need to develop a habit in you. These are the 5 truths that you can’t ignore at any cost. Understand these facts
5 truth of developing a new habit
1. Strong willpower
World-class willpower isn’t an inborn strength, but a skill developed through relentless practice. Without world-class willpower, it is impossible to develop a habit. Your willpower will determine how long you will go for your habit.
Make it clear, that without strong willpower you can’t develop a habit.
2. Personal Discipline
Personal discipline is a muscle. The more you stretch it, the stronger it grows. This applies the same to the habit, the more discipline you have the less time you take to develop a habit.
Discipline plays a major role in developing a new habit, you need to stand up for your new habit even if you are not ready for it. Don’t make excuses or rationalizations. Don’t let yourself off the hook. If you resolve to get up at 5:00 AM each morning, discipline yourself to get up at 5 until you reach to automation point.
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Like other muscles will power weakens when tired. Recovery is essential to boost your willpower and you need to find the motivation again or should remember why you start. Recovery is necessary to master the habit and manage decision fatigue.
4. Four-steps of Habit arc
You can’t escape from any step of the Habit arc(which is mentioned earlier in the article), you need to follow the pattern until a certain habit becomes part of your daily routine. In other words, you need to repeat your rituals until automation of that habit.
Increasing your self-control in one area of life will elevate self-control in all areas of life. You could start with a small habit, and take control of it, it will help you to take control of bigger habits.
If you are able to develop a good habit in your life it brings another good habit. A change in simple habits will bring positive change in all aspects of your life. And Change your life completely.
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