Set A Habit, Not A Goal

What is the most popular New Year’s Resolution every year?

Some type of Fitness or Health-related goal. According to Statista, the number 1, 2, and 3 most popular resolutions are related to fitness.

Why start now?

The reason this goal is never followed through is because of the fitness or health goal that is set. Goals that are set too far into the future are goals that will never be met. For instance, if I set a long-term goal of making $1,000,000 before 30, how do I actually accomplish this? The most popular resolution was “Diet or eat healthier”. This is a very high-level goal that has no planning to actually accomplish what you have set your mind to. This is why you should forget about New Year’s Resolutions. Instead, set a habit today, and start small. For example, set a habit that you will force yourself to go on a 20-minute jog every day for 30 days. Put it on a sticky note and paste it on your mirror. By doing this you are creating a habit instead of a goal.

Habit vs Goal

The difference between a habit and a goal is, a habit is the daily work that you put in and a goal is what you wanted to accomplish. Think of this as running a race. The habit is you actually putting one foot in front of the other, and the goal is you crossing the finish line. A habit is created after 30 days of consistency. If you make your bed for instance for 30 days, a habit is created, and no longer will you have to think twice about making your bed in the morning. By setting a short-term habit, you set yourself up to achieve your goal.

Challenge!

So, what I challenge everyone to do, including myself, is to set a long-term finish line goal, then set a short-term first habit to accomplish this goal. A great goal to start with for weight loss is:

Long-term goal: lose x amount of pounds in 3 months.

Short-term habit #1: From week 1 – week 3, jog for 20 minutes everyday.

Short-term habit #2: From week 3 – week 6, jog for 20 minutes daily, but also every Monday I will intermittent fast for 18 hours. From 8pm on Sunday night to 2pm on Monday.

-Seth at DyeHard

8 thoughts on “Set A Habit, Not A Goal

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  1. Excellent post and makes sense to set a habit rather than a goal. Goals seem more temporary than habits. Thank you for following Eugi’s Causerie I.

  2. Couldn’t agree more! habits are also more measurable and one can make incremental changes and monitor progress easily. In my opinion, with the right habits, you don’t even need to set goals (per say) because your goals are implied in your habits. If you don’t believe me, don’t set a goal to lose weight but just develop the habit of exercising everyday and see what happens 🙂

    Great article!

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