7 Power Habits will see that your ‘One Word’ Commitment works!
A power habit is something that you do routinely every day that requires for you to be in massive measurable action. These power habits will help you follow through with your commitments! You cannot rely on your willpower or self-motivation. You must put your commitment into practice and the best way to do that is to build power habits. Willpower is like a muscle. The more you use willpower the more it will gain strength and the more consistent you are you’re your self-control the easier it will become.
Researchers from the London Global University have done a more rigorous and valid study of habit formation (Lally, van Jaarsveld, Potts, & Wardle, 2010). They have discovered that habits are formed on average in 66 days. This means that if you are looking to create a new habit then you must consistently and automatically build that habit by March 6th. Here is a list of Power Habits that I have come up with to help you commit to your ‘One Word.’
Power Habit #1 – Keep your ‘ONE WORD’ in front of you.
Put it up anywhere that will force you to see it often. This will keep it in your conscious mind and you will be able to bring it to your attention rapidly.
Power Habit #2 – Use the ‘KISS’ strategy.
Keep It Simple Silly. Don’t over complicate your ‘ONE WORD’ commitment. KEEP IT SIMPLE SILLY.
Power Habit #3 – Focus, Focus, Focus
You need to bring your mind, body, and spirit to bear on your commitment. Concentrate on your ‘ONE WORD’ daily and focus on how you are going to apply it to your life.
Power Habit #4 – Meditation and/or Visualize your ‘ONE WORD.’
Bring yourself to your best self and ask yourself how you can achieve putting this one word into practice today. When you are at your best place / in your best self you are able to think more clearly and new insights will come to you.
Power Habit #5 – Get up early.
I learned this power habit from Robin Sharma who has vastly documented the benefits of getting up early. Firstly you have the power to get up earlier than you may think you have. When you do – intentionally do something that will help you get into a great state for your ‘ONE WORD.’ When you wake up earlier than normal you give yourself more time and the right kind of energy to invest in your commitment. You can start your day with your commitment in mind and that can make all of the difference.
Power Habit #6 – Use the Power of Words.
There is power in the words that you say. There is limiting, negative, scarcity etc. power in the words you say that will keep you from achieving. There is also empowering, positive and abundant power in the words you say. You will get discouraged, frustrated, disappointed and more if your ‘ONE WORD’ stretches you. In these times remember that what you say will direct your path. You can also use the Power of verbalizing to declare your choice and your commitment to your ‘ONE WORD.’
Power Habit #7 – Make Rewards Crucial.
Often when we achieve a milestone we forget to reward ourselves. So often we forget to celebrate our successes and we just move on with life. If we do acknowledge our achievements we don’t stop to appreciate the journey long enough and often we don’t reward ourselves. This is why when we commit to our ‘ONE WORD’ we need to set milestones that show us how we are doing with our commitment. When we reach a milestone reward yourself with something. The reward can be as simple as ‘The joy of journaling about your experience, going on a walk in nature, listening to your favorite song, or even eating your favorite piece of chocolate.’ Whatever you chose as your reward, know that it is rewards that keep you engaged and motivated towards your goal. Don’t overlook rewarding yourself and set rewards that you genuinely enjoy.