How to Build a New Habit That Actually Sticks: 9 Steps to Form a Good Habit

Poor health habits can add stress to your life and also play a role in how well you are able to cope with stress. The stress that comes from poor health is significant.

Some of the more immediate effects of the poor diet include feeling:
  • Lethargic
  • Jittery
  • Moody
  • Fatigued
  • Hungry
  • Weak
The secret to building new habits is to follow a process that focuses on small, incremental steps.

Step 1: Focus on One New Habit 

A concept known as ego depletion will be one of your biggest obstacles to habit formation. 
Ego depletion is A person’s diminished capacity to regulate their thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Step 2: Commit to a minimum of 30 Days

The length of time varies from person to person and habit to habit. You will find that some habits are easy to build while others require more effort.

Step 3: Anchor Your New Habit to an Established Routine

A habit shouldn’t be based upon motivation, fads, or temporary desire. Instead, you should associate this habit with the behavior that you already do.

Step 4: Take Baby Steps

The secret to lifelong habit formation is to take baby steps that turn a new habit into automatic behavior.

Step 5: Don't Break the Chain

The key here is to never miss a day, even if you’re not in the mood. This step will help eliminate the excuses we all make for skipping a day.

Step 6: Plan for Obstacles and Challenges

To get started, here are common obstacles that you might encounter:
  • Not enough time
  • Experiencing pain or fatigue
  • Bad weather conditions
  • Not enough room or space for the habit
  • The cost of the equipment related to the habit
  • Self-consciousness
A simple way to respond to obstacles is to prepare for them ahead of time.

Step 7: Create Accountability for Your Habit

Track your efforts and make public declarations about your new habit.

Step 8: Reward Important Milestones

A new habit doesn’t have to be boring. Instead, you can build a reward system into the process, so you can celebrate those important milestones.

Step 9: Build a New Identity

The final step is to turn this habit into a core part of your identity. Only then will you stick to it without the constant need for reinforcement.