#44: Goals or Habits…What’s More Important?

#44: Goals or Habits…What’s More Important?



Welcome back to the Be Fab – Be You Made Simple Podcast. Excited to be here and to continue the mini-series on habits, consistency, and trade-offs.

In the last episode, I will talk about why you need to create new habits, how to choose your first habit, and how to get started.

Story alert…before I start talking about that, I had to share something that happened to me this week that brought me a great deal of joy. And I hope it will do the same to you!

Fast forward to ~minute 13:00 to skip the story–but I think you will crack up listening to it though.

P.S. I left the story off the transcript.


Goals or Habits…What’s More Important?

I will answer with another question to give you a clue…

Why Do You Need to Create New Habits?

While you are busy creating goals for yourself, there is one thing you need to remember – habits are more important than goals. Why? Because it is hard to complete tasks required to achieve a goal if you have not formed a good habit first.

You need habits to gain focus and momentum, improve your daily life, and get the willpower you need to accomplish more in your life.

How to Choose Your First Habit

Deciding on new habits to form in your life is all about what you can achieve, and what you want the end result to be. When choosing a good habit to start with, choose something you can do today, right now.

It can be making the bed, flossing twice a day, making your own breakfast instead of picking up donuts on the way to work. These are very simple habits, but ones that ultimately will do wonders for you.

Start with One Small Habit

When you create new habits, there are two important things to remember:

  1. You should start with just one habit at a time.
  2. You want to start small.

You may have a vision of these complex and intricate lifestyle habits you want to develop one day, which is great! But it is difficult to keep up with more difficult and elaborate habits when you haven’t started with the simple ones.

It is like running a mile versus running a marathon. If you can’t run a mile, how can you run a marathon? Start with the mile first, or in this case, the small and simple habit.

Water is a simple and important habit. Many of my clients come to me dehydrated. We assess where they are at, they should be, and establish a plan to get to the goal by a certain date they feel comfortable with. Increasing all at once is rarely the solution.

Learning New Habits

You will come to a point when you want to develop other healthy habits, which is great news. Just make sure your previous new habits have become, well, habitual! These should be things you do every day, without really having to think about it.

As a good place to start, try to do each habit for at least 30 days before moving on to the next one.

Is Your Habit Not Working?

Don’t feel like you have to stick to a new habit forever if it isn’t working for you.

Just remember WHY you want to change or stop it.

It shouldn’t be because it’s too hard or you just don’t want to do it anymore, but because you don’t feel it is benefiting you like another habit in its place would.

This is what you need to remember.

Btw, here is where your values play a big role. The process becomes easier when you are able to align your habits with goals and ultimately with your values.

That’s it for today’s episode, my friend.

I’d love to hear about the childhood story you couldn’t get enough of.

Can you tell how much of a role has it played in your life?

And why do you think you loved it so much?

As far as building new habits, we’ve covered some foundational ground since we started this mini-series. All you need to do is the actual work. Of course, I’d love to help you. Go to www.BeFabBeYou.com to book a call and let’s rock and roll.

Next episode, we will talk about healthy habits you can start asap.

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