How to Make New Good Habits and Stick to Them

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We all know how difficult it is to adopt new habits and make positive changes. Whether it’s trying to lose weight, quit smoking, get more sleep, we try and fail over and over. But why is that? Why is it so difficult to adopt good habits? Here’s some insight to help you reach your goals:

Goals and habits are different

The first thing to realize is that goals are very different than the habits that will get us there. Goals can be what’s standing in the way of us making real change. Our goals and desires can be so big and overwhelming that we try to overcome the entire problem at once instead of starting a small, new routine to help get us there. In order to make life-changing transformations, we need to start with small, sustainable habits that support a larger goal.

Start small

Think of your typical daily habits, brushing your hair, locking the door, etc. These actions are so small you’re hardly aware of them. You do them automatically. If you want to form new habits, the best way to start is making tiny changes that your brain can quickly learn and automatically repeat. Think of your goals as a long series of tiny daily behaviors that are repeated until success is the only possible conclusion. Give yourself the time and patience to reach your goals realistically.

Human behavior expert

Psychologist B.J. Fogg is an expert on human behavior and has been a huge influencer of the Belty team. Fogg says, “If you plant the right seed in the right spot, it will grow without further coaxing. This is the best metaphor for creating habits.” The “right seed” is the small behavior that you choose. The “right spot” is the sequencing — what it comes after. If you pick the right small behavior and sequence it right, then you won’t have to motivate yourself to have it grow. It will just happen naturally.”

Belty helps you adopt good habits

Belty is built on this behavioral model. Belty learns your unique rhythm and habits. It identifies the right moment to remind you to make a small behavior that adds up to make a big difference to your lifestyle. It’s like having a personal health buddy with you that helps you make new good habits easily.