How to Stick to a New Habit, Even When You’re Not Feeling Motivated

How to Stick to a New Habit, Even When You’re Not Feeling Motivated

via Thrive by Marina Khidekel

In a recent newsletterAtomic Habits author James Clear shared a helpful strategy for making new habits stick. The trick, he says, is to ask yourself: “What can I stick to on even my worst days?” Let’s say you want to start drinking more water. Instead of saying “I’m going to drink eight glasses of water every day” — which might be hard to stick to on a challenging day — you could say, “I’m going to have one glass of water before I drink my coffee in the morning.” 

We asked our Thrive community to share with us the Microsteps that have helped them jumpstart a new habit and stick with it, even when they’re not feeling motivated. Which of these tips will you try?

Do it first thing in the morning

“One Microstep that has helped me jumpstart a new habit is doing my gratitude ritual when I wake up in the morning. According to the Dalai Lama from The Book of Joy, gratitude is one of the eight pillars of joy that helps us ‘to catalog, celebrate and rejoice in each day and each moment before they slip through the vanishing hourglass of experience.’ I have found my tiny gratitude ritual to be a powerful practice that sets the tone for the day — so every morning, I pull out my Notes app on my phone and write down five things I am grateful for. It only takes two minutes and completely sets the tone.”

 —Joyce Bao, life coach and podcast host, CA

Put it on your calendar

“Calendarizing is a great first step in forming new habits. One big reason people don’t do the things they care about, like exercise, is time. So, make that your first Microstep: the act of carving out time and writing it down. It’s a mini move that makes your endeavor much more doable.” 

—Dena Lefkowitz, lawyer coach, Media, PA

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