The three Ds to creating habits that’ll stick (3 min read)
You need these three Ds in place to create new habits and long-lasting change.
The first D is DECISION
You need to make a decision that something needs to change because without that decision, you’ve got no direction and you’ve got no momentum.
You’ve got no shape to the whole thing
The second D is DISCIPLINE
Discipline is your strategy
It’s what you need to do; the actions that you need to take
The third D is DETERMINATION
Determination is going to be the energy that enables you to fulfil the strategy
To take the actions
Because I can pretty much guarantee
That on some days, you ain’t gonna want to do it
So you need that determination
And this is why the decision is so important
Because the decision gives you a vision
It gives you that goal that you’re aiming for.
For example: I am going to get fit
(Yeah, this is one that I’m working on at the moment.)
So that’s my decision
I’m going to get fit and now I need some discipline
So I downloaded a plan with some simple and quick exercises
I decided a time of day that I was going to do them and told the missus my plan
So that then creates the discipline; the structure
So I know what I need to do and what time I need to do it
That makes it a lot easier for me to hit those markers
Because I’ve planned it and created a strategy, a really simple one, but it makes it a lot easier for me to maintain the discipline
And it’s much easier to do it in the morning. If you’ve got a morning routine, then discipline is a lot easier to create and maintain
Some days I don’t do it
But the determination keeps me on track
The determination to fulfil that original decision is the energy
It enables me to carry on; to see it through.
So these are the three Ds that you need to create habits
DECISION, make the decision
DISCIPLINE, the structure and plan
DETERMINATION is the energy that’s going to carry you through.
What are you going to change?