How to start new habits and transform your life

I'm 25 days into my 66-day challenge to build a new habit. 


Why would I want a new habit? 

Well, if "we are what we repeatedly do" * - and what we repeatedly do is a habit - then changing habits gives us the possibility of changing who we are.


How To Start New Habits And Transform Your Life


You can transform your life - and yourself - one habit at a time, making small changes that have a greater effect and eventually lead to you reaching your goals.

What do I want to change about myself?


I want to become a better person, improve the way I think about myself and talk to myself, have more control over the way I react to events, situations and people, manage my relationships more intelligently, be able to organise my life and time more effectively and achieve more.

I want to have the courage to go after my dreams and believe that I can make them a reality.

Just that.

I was listening to this episode of The One Thing podcast in which they were talking about the 66-day challenge and I decided to go for it. It seemed like a really effective way of making sure you do something every day until it becomes a habit.


Think big, go small


So, dream big; set ambitious goals that make your heart leap with a mixture of fear and excitement and aim high.

But you're going to reach those goals by taking the smallest of steps in the right direction.

It makes sense if you think about it. Start with something so simple, so easy, that you can't fail.

If you're struggling to keep your new habit going, then maybe it's still too big and you need to go smaller, simpler still.  Make sure it is specific.


How To Start New Habits And Transform Your Life


66 days is apparently the optimum time to form a new habit, and once the habit is formed, it is cemented into your day, a part of your routine and should keep itself going without much effort on your part.

Then you start a new habit, build them up one by one until you've actually transformed your life considerably.  But only do one new habit at a time if you don't want to ruin your chances of success.  Just one.


So, what is the new habit I'm building?  


It's a habit of daily meditation. I'm convinced that the key to transforming myself and my life starts with a meditation practice.  It is what is going to make a difference to my beliefs about myself, the way I react or don't react to events and people on a daily basis, and possibly everything in my life.  It's not immediate and takes time and practice but I'm taking the first step in establishing the habit of meditation.

How To Start New Habits And Transform Your Life - Quote About Habits By F.M.Alexander


I put the chart on the back of my closet door where I'm crossing off each day I do some sort of meditation. It could be two minutes or 20, how long doesn't matter, I just have to do it.

After three weeks of daily meditation I definitely feel myself getting better at it and more comfortable in my practice.  I don't forget to do it and I'll always find a space and time to do it every morning.

I'll have to write more about it in another post.

This habit-building may be a little bit addictive - in a good way.
I'm already thinking about what my next new habit will be once I finish this challenge!

As far as accountability goes, I haven't so far needed anything else except this chart to keep me motivated. I've only missed one day (day 12) when I felt so sick, I tried to meditate a couple of times but just fell asleep.


But now I also have you.  

Now you know about my new habit, I hope you'll join me on my journey, ask me how I'm getting on and maybe even be inspired to start a new habit yourself and set off on your own journey of transformation.

Check out The One Thing for more information about the 66-day challenge and the power of building habits.

Please leave a comment, share this post or even contact me directly via email or on social media. I'd love to hear from you!


How To Start New Habits And Transform Your Life


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16 Comments

  1. I definitely like the approach that you need to start small to ensure that you can't fail! #KCACOLS

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  2. Interesting. Because of the drought, I started having navy showers and then in Norway, where there are no water issues, I kept doing it from habit...even when I didn't intend to before getting in the shower! #KCACOLS

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  3. I have transformed my life in the last year, by hitting the bullet and being brave enough to go out alone using my electric wheelchair #kcacols@_karendennis

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  4. I love the idea of starting small - definitely a positive approach! #KCACOLS

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  5. This is a great way to quantify what you are doing in building a new habit! #KCACOLS

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  6. I do struggle to build healthy new habits. I like the idea of starting small and building up to it #kcacols

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  7. Interesting to read that it takes around 66 days to form a new habit - I didn't know this. I love the idea of starting small, makes it more do-able I think. Best of luck to you. I'm sure you will be able to achieve your goal! #KCACOLS

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  8. Some great advice on how to set a new rabbit and achieve goals. I will have go myself. #KCACOLS

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  9. great advice. Small steps still get you where you want to go #KCACOLS

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  10. I like this idea of building slowly, forming a secure base from which to ingrain a new habit .I also like the notion of excellence being a habit #KCACOLS

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  11. A timely post for me! I needed the reminder. Thank you. I like your idea of daily meditation and keeping track of it.

    #KCACOLS

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  12. This is really great. I think we could all build some new habits. Well done on yours so far x #KCACOLS

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  13. Good luck! It is so much more difficult to start a new habit than end an old one! I am currently trying to replace my energy drink habit with drinking one smoothie a day instead,not as easy as I thoughT!
    #KCACOLS

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  14. I'm certainly going to need this when the coronavirus lock down is all over here in the UK! #KCACOLS

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