We all want to develop new habits or skills for upgrading ourselves.
But developing a new habit or skill is hard when there is no pressure from the outside.
For a take, Let’s say you want to stop junk food. There is no compulsion.
And when a friend calls you for his/her house and has ordered some junk food like pizza or burger to share with you.
The brain loses its power and the temptation takes control of you.
Some people could say to their friends that they don’t eat junk food but most people just get an excuse from their brain to eat it.
Later on, the excuse grows and grows until you forget your aim.
But what if you need a certification if you want to get promoted?
What if you have a test tomorrow?
You would probably spend hours working on it with absolutely no excuses.
You know why do you do like that?
It is because of a motivational factor.
Motivational Factors for Habit Building
Tangible motivational factors are pay raises, promotion, Scholarships (If you’re in school or university).
Intangible motivational factors are like a good image in your work environment or schooling environment or in your society.
For example, being the employee of the month or standing first in a test in schools and college is an intangible motivational factor.
This leads to Tip number 1 in habit building.
1. Using Intangible Motivation to Build Habits
Everyone in the world has talked about Tangible Motivation or in simple words – Giving yourself a treat which is great as tangible substances motivate more than intangible substances.
But I don’t want your time to be wasted and I don’t want myself either to write lines that you have already read.
Coming to the content, the Intangible motivational factor requires someone to monitor you continuously.
And that is how it works.
Creating it under artificial circumstances where there is no one to monitor you can be ridiculously hard.
But it can be as simple as posting it on your WhatsApp status saying, “I am going to practice XYZ habit daily.”
This creates pressure on you.
The pressure on you is going to be your intangible motivational factor.
Even though, people might eventually forget it. Your brain is not going to forget it.
And whenever you break it, your brain feels guilty rather than finding an excuse.
Real-Life Example of Re-Building my Habit using Intangible Motivational Factor
I and my family used to read a lot of books before the Corona Virus came.
During the quarantine, I didn’t stop my reading habit but it converted from books to blogs and video content which was really great.
But I and my family missed the smell of the paper and reading it physically.
For us to create pressure on ourselves, we thought why not let others to get reading physical books.
The steps were simple.
My Parents kept that we are initiating a book reading challenge which requires you to read at least 10 pages a day.
We created a WhatsApp group for that and we have 18 members in the group as of now.
There is no incentive or tangible motivational factor but the group is running smoothly for a month now.
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2. Break while you Build
This tip could be pretty confusing.
I am here to explain what I meant.
What I mean is to break habits into baby steps.
Reading 30 minutes a day could be daunting.
But reading 10 minutes 3 times a day is the same as reading 30 minutes but it is easy.
While forming or building a new habit, it could be easy if you do it in steps.
Working out for an hour in the morning is a bit strenuous but cardio for 15 minutes and workout for 15 minutes 2 times a day is an hour of workout.
These are the tips that will definitely build your habit if you follow them religiously.
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