How to develop good habits

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

How to develop good habits

As a part of my plan to live a healthier life style i decided to start drinking green tea instead of the normal tea i drink everyday.

The problem with developing such a good habit was that i had an intense love for tea and i have always felt that green tea is tasteless.

I decided to drink that tasteless green tea anyways even though i don't like it.
Each day i used to drink one cup of green tea right after eating but one day there were no green tea in the house and i started to feel that something is wrong!!

it was clear that i didn't only develop a good habit but i also became used to it to the extent that i felt that something is missing when i couldn't do it.

Getting used to good habits

The human body can adapt itself to any habit and once it gets used to it breaking it would be hard. Even though i didn't like green tea at the beginning i started missing it later on because i got used to it!!

The same goes for the gym, at the beginning exercising was an unbearable activity but after some time i started to feel really bad the day i dont exercise.

In my book The ultimate guide to breaking bad habits i said If you want to develop a good habit then you must understand that by sticking to it for a certain period of time it will become a part of your lifestyle and it would be hard to break it.

Why do people fail to develop good habits?

People fail to develop good habits because:

  • They give up before they get used to them: Most people who fail to develop good habits have one thing in common which is giving up before they get used to the habit (see How to become persistent)
  • Thinking that they will suffer forever: In the beginning green tea had no taste but after a while i started to find that it tastes good, its all about sustaining the habit until you start liking it
  • Giving in to temptation: The hardest part in developing any good habit is the first few weeks, if you managed sail safely through this period then there is a big chance that you will keep your good habit. Eating a big chocolate instead of the apple you intended to eat in the first few days will certainly ruin your efforts to develop a good habit.

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