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Why habits trump motivation

Why habits trump motivationYour habits and motivation levels can have a significant impact on achieving the results that matter most to you, or creating change.

However, when it comes to creating change that lasts and achieving results consistently, habits trump motivation.

That is because habits are what we do consistently, usually on autopilot. Anything that you do automatically on autopilot, are the things that get specific and consistent results.

And in the quest to achieve the results you most want, personally and professionally, consistency is a superpower.

On the other hand, motivation can come and go and isn’t always consistent. So, if your motivation deserts you or you find it difficult to maintain, then that can knock your results off track.

So depending on feeling motivated to get things done is not the best way to set yourself up to succeed.

The bottom line is this:

Habits are more reliable than motivation.

Fostering the right habits is a powerful way to put yourself in a position that you do the things that will achieve the results that matter most to you consistently, whether you feel motivated or not.

Here are some practical steps to help you get started with that:

Step 1 – identify what habits would help you get the results that matter most to you consistently.

Step 2 – For the habits you have identified, work out the first step you can take to start forming that habit. Identify what you need to put in place to set yourself up to succeed with forming that habit.

Step 3 – Take action to implement that first step.

Step 4 – be kind, patient and compassionate with yourself as you work on fostering habits that will give you the results that matter most to you consistently. Forming habits is not a linear path. Habits take time, patience, focus, commitment and perseverance to form.

In the quest to achieve the results that matter most to you consistently, keep this in mind

Habits trump motivation

What habits would you benefit from fostering to achieve the results that matter most to you, consistently, in your life, work, business or organisation?

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  • Cathy Steffanci Sikorski

    I think we forget that we can turn a lot of things into a habit. Truthfully, you just inspired me to try and turn more of my time into writing habits and not a writing motivation. Thanks perfect tip for the day!

  • Cathy, I am delighted this helped you re-fcous your mindset in that way.

  • Hi Ali! Such important reminders. I completely agree that if we can create good habits that help us live the life we say we want, we don’t have to work so hard trying to motivate ourselves. And your steps are great and simple…but not easy. Still, once we get them set we are well on our way. Thanks. ~Kathy

  • Kathy, yes indeed. It takes work to form habits to start with but once nailed they give consistent momentum, and that is a powerful way to achieve the results that matter most to you ongoing.