How to Develop Good Habits That Enhance Productivity

Developing good habits is directly related to your core beliefs. Many times, it’s very easy to start a good habit, but for some reason, we run out of steam and slack off before any results or benefits are seen.

This is because we are trying to establish good habits based upon goals instead of upon beliefs.  In order to develop good habits that stick, we need to develop identity based habits.  The key to developing these is to focus on reversing negative core beliefs.  For example, take a goal or a desire that you have.  Form a positive belief about this goal.  Then, back up this core belief with actions (habits) that are aimed at making this statement true.

Identity based habits are based on:

1:  Your identity; The type of person you believe yourself to be

2.  Your actions

3.  How people see you

Goal base habits are based on:

1.  Your actions

2.  How people see you

3.  Your identity;  Who you believe you are

The reason why goal based habits aren’t as successful in the long term is because you’re consciously changing behavior so OTHERS will view you a certain way BEFORE you truly believe it yourself.

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Have you ever heard the statement, “Their true colors came out?”

  Normally, this has a negative connotation to it.  It usually means that you viewed a person one way and later discovered that they’re someone completely different.

This is because they’ve tried to develop good habits in an effort to look good to others, but deep down, they don’t believe in themselves. 

Because their inner core beliefs don’t match their actions, eventually they drop them and revert back to their old ways…thus showing their ‘true colors.’

Identity based habits don’t work this way.  They start from within.  You establish an inner core belief.  You take action to support that belief…people begin viewing you like your core belief…and pretty soon you’ve established a good habit.  Because you began from the inside, the way people are seeing you really is your ‘true colors.’


This is a personal example of a struggle I dealt with for years.  I HATE to pick up…you know…like put things away. 

BUT I love cleaning…you know…washing the counters, making the faucets shine, scrubbing baseboards etc. When things aren’t put away, I can’t clean as thoroughly and I was always saying, “I hate picking up.”  It played like an endless tape in my head. 

I needed to develop the habit of picking up so that I could do my deep cleaning.

For years, I tried to force good habits for picking the clutter around my house up.  The whole time, I’d say to myself, “I HATE picking up!”  No matter how hard I tried, I always reverted back to avoiding picking up because I HATE it.  This core belief inhibited my ability to develop picking up.

My Steps to Developing Good Habits

1.  I changed my inner core belief.  “I’m the type of person who does a 15 minute pick up every single day.”

2.  In order to support this statement, I actually did the 15 minute pick up.  I even got my children involved.  It became a game to them and they’d compete on who could pick up the most stuff in 15 minutes.  

In the above statement there’s no negativity.  There’s no, “I try.”  The statement is directly aimed at accomplishing the habit of picking up clutter every single day. 

 3. In time, the house gradually became less cluttered and everything was a lot cleaner.

As time moves on, and I continue with this positive core belief, not only do I come to believe it more and more, but my house remains clean.  That is because I established the good habit of picking up clutter through BELIEVING that I’m the type of person who picks up. 

Good habits that actually stick must start with your inner core beliefs.  This is a very powerful mental skill that you can develop gradually. 

It all begins, and ends, with aligning your brain and your heart.

Establish a good solid core belief, and when your subconscious tries to tell you different, consciously say your positive belief several times. 

Pretty soon, that stinking thinking in your head will fade away and you’ll actually start believing what you new core belief is telling you. 

THIS is how to develop good habits that stick.  For more information on how to use mental skills to thrive physically, emotionally and financially, start with the ‘getting started’ section of this site and make sure to take the mental skills assessment.

 You’re never alone and please feel free to contact me with any questions on developing good habits.

How has this article helped you?  Please take a moment to respond in the comments below.

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17 Responses to How to Develop Good Habits That Enhance Productivity

  1. Kelly Boyer Sagert April 2, 2014 at 9:41 am #

    Interesting about no “I try.” I consulted with a hypnotist and she said it’s important for your subconscious brain to hear a bold statement from your conscious brain rather than a watered down one. And, “I try” is sort of like “Well, I don’t do ABC but I do try . . .”

    Thanks for posting!

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

      I totally agree Kelly! Saying “I’ll try” is setting you up with an excuse to fail…an excuse to give up. It’s not a definite, solid statement…therefore, it’s a negative core belief. When you truly believe you can do something, there’s no ‘I try.’ It’s all about ‘I WILL!’ Thanks for commenting. 🙂

      • Julissa July 19, 2016 at 8:42 am #

        We need this kind of things in Paris, badly. But people are so uncreative and untalented except for gaffing off on fashion or ancient art that its unlikely to see such things for an affordable price.

  2. Nida Sea April 2, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    I used to do negative talk all the time and I found myself failing to develop good habits. But, I stopped saying negative things while I was doing them and started saying, “I like doing this,” or, “I enjoy doing that.” It helped to reverse my thinking and the good habits were able to stay.

    It’s hard in the beginning, but if you do it enough times and eliminate the negativity, it gets easier. Great post, Lynn!

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

      Hi Nida!!!

      You nailed it! It’s hard and awkward at first, but the more you do it, the easier it gets, and the more productive you become! Thanks for commenting!

  3. Christy April 2, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    LOVE this post! I’ve experienced this as well. It goes to your “why” statement (as some self-help gurus like to call it). When you connect with what really matters to you, you’re more likely to follow through on the actions to develop a new habit. My life coach also told me to eliminate “I’ll try” from my vocabulary. We do or we do not. Period.

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 7:07 pm #


      I love that statement: “WE do or we do not. Period.” AWESOME! In order to connect and hone in on your passion/what really matters to you, you MUST align that brain and heart…with positive core beliefs! 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting!

  4. Lani Carroll April 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    Very interesting–and helpful!–post. Thank you, Lynn.

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

      You are so welcome Lani! I’m so grateful that you took the time to read and comment!

  5. Joy April 3, 2014 at 5:19 am #

    Love this Lynn! Thank you for the practical advice.

    I always tell myself “I’ll try,” now I know what to do and how to do it right.

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

      Hi Joy! 🙂

      To me, the statement “I’ll try” is my number one red flag that I need to identify and reverse some core belief. It’s not about ‘trying.’ It’s about overcoming! : )

  6. Valerie April 3, 2014 at 5:42 am #

    I totally agree with you here, Lynn! Sometimes we get so caught up in what is going on in our heads or what we think about what’s in front of us or “believe” will happen, that we fail to just simply take action and focus on the results we want to achieve.

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

      Yes Valerie! You’re right, but you’re also THE EXPERT when it comes to taking action and I’m forever grateful that you always push and encourage me to do so!

  7. Neil Eldred April 3, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Great post Lynn. I have been working on eliminating words like “if” and “I’ll try” and “maybe” from my vocabulary for awhile.

    But the hardest part is trying to teach my kids to eliminate these words. We always say “try your hardest” when it should always be “Do your best” or “Give it your all.” I think it’s important to teach them so they don’t have to unlearn things like we do.

    Thanks for the reminder Lynn.

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

      Hi Neil! 🙂

      You’re so wise to instill this in your kids now. You know, Savvy, my 12 year old has a learning disability. We really struggled finding ways to help her improve. That’s the entire reason why I got so interested in mental skills. Nobody could give us any answers as to how to help her, so I started developing her mental skills. The results were immediate. I have to say that both the girls and I are different people then we were a few months ago and it’s because we’ve really worked on using mental skills for studying,communication, even household chores. It’s made a huge difference…BUT it all begins and ends with positive core beliefs. Thanks for reading.

  8. Kylie Dunn April 4, 2014 at 2:21 am #

    Great post Lynn and very timely for me. I’m in the process of trying to alter a very limiting belief, now it makes sense to me why I haven’t been successful – I know the limiting statement I say to myself, so now I know what I have to address.

    Awesome 🙂

    • Lynn Silva April 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

      Hi Kylie! 🙂

      You know, for me,the difficult part is identifying that one belief. Once I do that, I’ve gotten pretty good at replacing it with a positive statement. I think sometimes ego gets in the way of allowing us to identify the actual thought, so this is something I have to constantly be aware of too. Thanks for reading and commenting! : )

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