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January 27, 2013

How to Create a Habit in 30 Days

What have you always wanted to try? Why not give it a shot for the next 30 days? 30 days seems to be the magic number for forming a new habit but it's obviously not as simple as that or everyone would be living the life of their dreams. Here are a few tips for choosing a new habit and sticking to it for 30 days:

Think Small

Here's one place you don't want to aim for the moon when it comes to goal setting. You'll be more successful at getting through the 30 days if it's small and manageable.

1 at a Time

Don't try and change more than one thing at once. It can sound easy and motivating when you first start, to say you're going to overhaul your entire business but life piles up pretty quick and you may soon become overwhelmed. Choose 1 new habit that you can give all your focus to for 30 days.

Get Specific

Figure out what exactly your end goal is and how you can break it down into something you can fit in each day. If you want to contact more people about your business, determine what that means on a day to day basis and what's realistic for you. If you currently don't contact any new businesses in a day, perhaps emailing, calling or dropping by 1 new business a day is the perfect goal.

Determine the Why

Whether you foresee it or not, you're going to have bad days, tired days or unmotivated days. Remembering why you're trying to develop this new habit will help you keep going when you don't really feel like it.

Set a Time

It's easy for a day to run away on you or to forget something that isn't a habit yet. If you set a specific time in the day you're going to fit your new habit in, you'll be more likely to remember it. If it's a task you're not particularly fond of, like making a cold call, get it done first thing in the morning. The longer you put it off, the more likely you'll run out of time or decide to skip it for the day.

Make Reminders

Write your task down on a sheet of paper and tack it up where you'll see it the most. Put Post-It reminders in your office, fridge, front door or even use an erasable marker to write a reminder on your bathroom mirror.

Here's a quick little TED Talks video for a little motivation on 30 day habits:

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