The power of habit – dealing with setbacks

Imagine that you automatically do all the things you need to be healthy, happy, and successful. That’s the power of habit! Most people recognize the need to gradually update their current habits. However, forming these new habits is not always easy. Let’s talk about dealing with setbacks in forming habits. Follow these tips, and you will be more successful in creating new habits.

You can only enjoy the power of habit when you successfully implement new habits

Let’s face it, it’s not always easy to change habits. Sometimes, the engine of your new habit stalls and sputters before really taking off. That’s really OK because all new habits start out that way. New habits must build up considerable momentum before you can enjoy the power of habit.

Forming a new habit often means dealing with setbacks. So, how do you deal with setbacks in forming new habits?

What to do when you “fall off the new habit wagon”

Say you’re forming a new habit of practicing self-hypnosis on a daily basis. Maybe you stick with it for a few days, then you miss a day. Missing a day isn’t necessarily a failure. It just means the habit needs more reinforcement in order for it to become automatic. Missing one day on a new habit is not a big deal, but it is a critical juncture. If you really want to enjoy the power of habit, you need to resume the habit as soon as possible. Don’t let one missed day turn into 2, 3, or 4 days. Get right back to it.

Analyze the reasons for failure

When you fail to stick with a habit, discover the reasons for the failure.

Failure to implement new habits often means that you haven’t planned out how the new habit will fit into your life. The implementation of habits requires careful planning. Many times, what seems to work on paper doesn’t work in the real world. For example, maybe you planned to do self-hypnosis in the morning, but you always have early morning meetings. In that case, maybe the morning isn’t the best time for you to implement your new habit. Make adjustments, then get right back to it. Put the new behavior on your schedule, if appropriate.

Realize that progress on a habit is not always linear

Just like the stock market, progress isn’t always a perfectly linear upward trajectory. The quest of self-improvement is filled with ups and downs. As long as the overall trajectory is upward, you’re doing just fine. Cut yourself some slack when you don’t immediately implement a new habit.

Don’t judge yourself

The next thing to remember is not to judge yourself. People sometimes put themselves down when they fall short. All that does its reinforce limited beliefs. Cut yourself some slack and remember that it’s overall progress that counts. And part of making progress is dealing with setbacks.

To summarize, deal with setbacks in forming habits in these ways:

First, don’t let setbacks discourage you. Get right back to the behaviors you want to make into habits as soon as possible. Keep setbacks in perspective. Discover whether or not the habit fits into your life, and plan carefully.

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by Sean Maness, CHP
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