The best way to start a new habit

The best way to start a new habit

By Published On: February 19th, 2021

While most of us have routines that we subconsciously do every day, adopting new habits can seem daunting.  

The habits that support your life – what time you wake up, brush your teeth, get dressed, eat, do your work/school, have lunch, work/school again, organizing and eating dinner, do chores, have a bath, go to sleep – aren’t tricky, but they all needed practice before they came naturally.

There are some habits that we don’t even know how to start practicing. 

Say you want to eat better, sleep longer, and move more.

But, despite knowing what you should do, you choose not to do it because it seems too confusing or too hard even to start. 

What’s hard? Change.

Why is it hard?

Information overload. That’s precisely what inspired me to write a book about the habit of play.  

With 1.5 billion people in the world not doing enough exercise to keep healthy, it’s one of the most challenging habits people struggle to fit into their lives.  

In his article in Psychology Today called “8 Reasons Why It’s So Hard to Really Change Your Behavior'” David DiSalvo explains the critical components around the difficulty of long-term behavior change that includes:

  1. Negative self-talk
  2. The all-or-nothing trap
  3. The goal is too big 
  4. Not having the right tools to support the outcome
  5. Trying to change too many things at once
  6. Many interconnected steps 
  7. Failure is part of the equation
  8. Failing to commit 

The best way to approach a new habit is to start. 


We already have the tools to be successful inside ourselves.

If you are ready, willing, and able, change can become more than a pipe dream.

Clarity and knowing what to do is how I work with my clients.  

Most people know what needs to get done, but they need a guide to help them get there.  

Together, we can get there faster.  

Confusion will end when you set a deadline to take action. 

Don’t hit pause on your goals. Hit play!  

That’s the best way to start a new habit.

Coach Jan xo


P.S. Want to change your habits and have fun? 

  • I have a few spots open for 1:1 coaching. Want one? To apply, CLICK HERE to book a FREE Discovery Call, and let’s see if we are a good fit to work together.
  • Is every day groundhog day for your employees? Help them most by providing the support they need to find joy and optimal health even when they work at home. Let’s chat to see how I can help you and your team thrive, not just survive the current work environment.  Please email me at info@janetomstead.com with the word TEAM in the subject line.



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About the Author: Janet Omstead

To re-ignite people’s passion for play (movement) to fight chronic disease while improving their quality of life as they age.

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