Why A Habit Needs To Become A Lifestyle



Today I wanted to talk with you about why a habit needs to become a lifestyle.

I’m going to share with you a few classic examples to illustrate why a lifestyle will give you the results that you want over time.

The first example is the example of going on a diet.

So many people will go on a diet.

They will go on that diet for a certain amount of time.

What happens when they finish the diet, they stop the diet?

They will usually go back to the behavior that made them go on the diet in the first place.

So going on a diet didn’t actually change anything, and if it did it only changed something for a certain amount of time before that person went back to their old habits.

So there’s really no point!

So, when somebody goes on a diet, that diet becomes a habit which then needs to become a lifestyle.

It doesn’t have an expiration date.


That’s my point here today.

Once you decide to make a change in your life, which is absolutely amazing, and then you take action on it, on a consistent basis…

And if you know anything about me or if you’ve seen any of my video’s and my work you know that I preach consistency all day every day.

….If somebody does that and then at the end of the program they stop and they go back to what they were doing before, they are never going to get the results that they want.

And they wonder why!

Because in their minds they didn’t turn that diet into an actual lifestyle.


Another example of this is working out.

People will start going to the gym or they’ll get themselves on some sort of program that goes for a certain amount of time.

I’ll use the example of any of the Beach Body programs because I love these programs and I do these programs myself.

If you are doing Insanity, once you get to the end of the program you shouldn’t stop working out.

The program finishes and you’ve probably gotten great results because it’s a fantastic program.

Now you have to continue, you can choose to do the program again but you need to at least keep exercising or you’re going to go back to what you were before and you’re never going to get the results that you want.

Exercise becomes part of your everyday life, it is a lifestyle.

If you’ve gone through an exercise program for a certain amount of time a habit should be instilled in you to keep going with that.


Once you start a habit it becomes engrained in your nervous system, so much so that the brain doesn’t have to think about whether it’s going to do it or not, it just does it because it’s committed to it.


Once the program finishes, you have to stay committed.

You have to stay committed to get the results that you want otherwise you’re going to go back to where you were before.

You see the pattern here?

Everything has to become a lifestyle.

Another classic example is when someone sees a person out running and they look amazing, they’re in great shape.

And they say ‘Oh why is that person running, they don’t look like they need to run, they look great!’

That’s precisely why they are running!

Because if they didn’t run on a consistent basis they wouldn’t look the way that they do.

So that’s what I wanted to share with you today.

Make sure that you’re turning your habit into a lifestyle.


Within the community that I’m a part of, our blogging community, we have 21 day blogging challenges.

It’s very interesting and fascinating to me that once we’ve finished the challenge, there’s always a few days or a few weeks in between the next one….

I like to see who continues on with that habit.

After 21 days, typically you’ve formed a habit.

Alot of the time, I see people all of a sudden stop blogging after the 21 days when it was suppose to instill a habit in that person to keep going until the next one.


Make sure you’re a person that starts something, it becomes a habit and you continue on with it and you continue doing the work and it becomes part of you, it becomes part of your life and then you’ll end up getting the result that you want.




50 thoughts on “Why A Habit Needs To Become A Lifestyle

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more Alesha. It is pointless changing a habit for a temporary amount of time. Your examples are great and it applies to everything in our life. I loved seeing you on video.

    1. Thank you Sue, I like to make my points through examples that everyone can can relate to. Appreciate you stopping by.

  2. Undoubtedly right! Once you start a habit it becomes ingrained in your nervous system and it everything has to become a lifestyle. Thank you for sharing these thoughts.

  3. Enjoyed this post. This is a struggle for most people. Lifestyle changes usually take about 90 days but only with a commitment to stick with it.

  4. Fantastic points in this post, Alesha! The diet and exercise analogies work very well because they’re relatable to people who may not be familiar with blogging. Great advice! 😉

  5. Excellent video Alesha! We all at some point in time are challenged with creating the lifestyle we desire based on a lack of consistency which is developed through habit forming behavior.

  6. I have realised that over the last few days, while I have been having technical issues, I having been itching to get on with my blog etc. I guess I have been able to turn it into a habit now 🙂 It’s so true…lifestyle change not a temporary change…it never works!

    1. Right on Lucie, it definitely will itch at you and we must scratch it immediately!

  7. Much truth here for sure….even slow, incremental changes consistent over time can reap great results. Great post! Thanks for sharing

  8. Hey Alesha! Missed you yesterday! You know that we both keep blogging everyday no matter what! Thanks for sharing this and look forward to blogging with you! 🙂

  9. I see this problem so dominant in the weight loss industry. So many people lose weight on their program but never have really adapted it as a lifestyle. It’s all a matter of mindset. Thanks for sharing. Great post.

  10. Alesha, you very aptly described so many people – including myself – where especially with diets I didn’t stick with the changes I made. I no longer use the word ‘diet’ – I refer to it as a food program. I’ve learned alot of one of my friends who is a professional body-builder – whether she’s training for an upcmoing competition or not – her habits are just that – habits.

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