Keeping Habits for Life

Many people will look at habit change as a short-term thing. Like, I just gotta stick with this diet for a month (or eight weeks, or whatever), and then I made it.

Wrong.

Habit changes should be for life. Don’t do short-term fads, quick changes that you want to stick with for a little while and then you’re done.

You want to make a change you’re going to stick with for life — otherwise, it’s a waste of time.

If you spend a month or two dieting in order to lose weight, and then stop, you’ll gain the weight right back. If you spend a month or three trying to get organized, and then drop the habit, you’ll find the clutter and disarray right back again. If you spend a year trying to get out of debt, and then go back to your old habits, you’ll be right back in debt again.

Don’t waste your time. Form life-long habits.

And the way to do this is not to think of it as a short-term thing. This isn’t a two-month goal. It’s a habit change, something you plan to incorporate in your life for years and years to come. Think permanency.

That’s why starting small makes sense. You’re not in a sprint. You’re going to be in this for the long haul. So what’s the rush?

Make changes you can picture yourself sticking with forever. Not ones that will take extreme “discipline” and sacrifice for a short while.