• Derek

Building Helpful Habits

Why is it so hard to form habits and to keep them? I’m sure we can all think of a few habits that we would like to have and that are at the top of the list every year. Let’s go through some of my personal suggestions on how to start a good habit that can change into a lifestyle. At the bottom, I'll go over how I have applied some of these very tips in my quest to learn Spanish.

Find Your WHY:  For a habit to stick, you need to have a ‘why’ attached to it for when the going gets tough or motivation is running low.

  • Why do I want to accomplish this goal? 

  • Why is it important for me to implant this habit into my life? 

  • Why is this habit going to help me? 

  • Why do I find it hard to have success obtaining this habit? 

  • Why do I keep quitting when I know I want to succeed? 

  • Why is this habit worth my time, money or both? 

Stick to a schedule: 

  • I am going to accomplish my goal every morning at 7:00 A.M. 

  • I am going to make sure I finish my goal by noon every day

  • If I haven’t finished my goal by the time I brush my teeth at night, I’ll do it right after

  • I’ll call my friend every night around 8:00 P.M. and we’ll practice what we learned

Quantify it: 

  • I want to spend ‘x’ amount of time on this every week

  • I’ll make sure it do this ‘x’ times every day

  • Make a calendar to record your progress

  • Give yourself a timeline to accomplish the task 

Enjoy it: 

  • Find ways to practice in healthy / encouraging environments

  • Join a club that has the same interests as you

  • Record yourself and see your improvement as time goes on

  • Create a ‘light at the end of the tunnel” prize and go for it! (Our recommendation is to plan a future foreign trip!)


How have I applied some of these tips?

WHY: I want to learn Spanish because many important people in my life know how to speak it. I especially want to learn so i