How to Create a Habit

Wait a minute?! How to Create a Habit? Really? We are trying to break habits everyday and you want to share how to create a habit? That sounds like a bad thing.

Habits are learned and can be unlearned everyday. If you have a negative relationship with habits, think of this as how to create a habit of a positive. No focusing on negative, we are trying to increase our personal development and business, right? When you think of a habit, we tend to think of that in a negative light, but let’s shine some light on positive habits and how to create a habit that is better for yourself.

How to Create a Habit

Steven Covey defines a habit as the intersection of knowledge, skill, and desire.

how to create a habit

  • Knowledge is what to do and why.
  • Skill is how to do it.
  • Desire is the motivation that makes you want to do it.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

This is the essence of personal development and success. We have to know how to create a habit of success. That is my desire. To create positive habits to create my routine that will lead me to success. Top leaders have a routine!

Looking at the image, what is lacking for you to create a habit?

I’ll use myself as an example:

I say to myself – “I want to blog more often”. I want this to be something that I do regularly so that I can provide content to everyone and share things that I’m learning. So, why is this not a ‘habit’ for me yet? I said I want to, I know how to do it, and know why and what to do to write a blog. If I’m honest with myself, the knowledge and the skill does not go away, which brings it back to desire. Apparently I do not want to do it as much as I ‘think’ I do. It seems to be the common missing piece for many. As you are learning how to create a habit, this piece will be difficult as well because you are going to have to really want it!

how to create a habitI want you to think about that image above again, and be honest with yourself. This is the introduction post for digging deeper into how to create a habit, and what habits those should be for success. Totally inspired by Steven Covey and his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which is what my personal development focus is on right now.

  1. How to Be Proactive
  2. How to Begin with the End
  3. How to Put First Things First
  4. How to Think to Win
  5. How to Communicate
  6. How to Create Synergy
  7. How to Practice Self-Renewal

Leslie McKerchie

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