Day 27: Transform Stress into Courage and Confidence
It’s time for another stress hack. Today is all about how to start new habits.
There’s nothing to banish stress and boost your confidence like getting into the habit of doing something positive.
I don’t care if it’s giving up coffee or smoking, hitting the gym each morning, or getting your most dreaded task out of the way by 10 am.
We all have habits we would like to create that will improve our lives, our jobs, or at the very least make things easier for us.
However, establishing new habits isn’t always easy.
In fact, it can be hard to get going.
Which is where today’s stress hack comes into play.
Fortunately, I have a simple little strategy that you can deploy anytime you want to cultivate a new good habit.
How to Start New Habits? Use The KISS Principle
Unfortunately, creating new habits isn’t easy.
That’s why it’s important to keep it simple (Keep It Simple Silly).
Don’t over-complicate things and don’t try to change too much at once.
Instead of completely making over your morning for example, tackle it one habit at a time.
Start by getting up at a certain time of the day and doing one simple task like writing in your journal.
Once that habit is established, start making a new one.
Then, rinse and repeat until you’ve completely made over your morning routine, one positive habit at a time.
How to Develop New Habits? Commit For 30 Days
There’s a very good reason I made this stress hack series 30 days long.
It takes about that long to start establishing a new habit.
Use the same concept and commit to your new habit for 30 days.
At the end of that time you should see some serious results and chances are you’ve formed the new habit so you no longer have to put a lot of energy and effort into making it happen on a daily basis.
There you have it. Keep it simple and define one new habit you want to establish.
Then stick to it for 30 days.
It can be helpful to have a 30 day calendar or checklist where you can check it off every day.
Your biggest challenges will be to remember to do the new task each day, and to keep from talking yourself into slacking off towards the middle of that month long commitment.
By the end of 30 days the new habit should become a true habit and something you will do without having to think about it and spending a lot of energy talking yourself into getting it done.