For example, if one of your goals is to loose weight, you will need to incorporate some type of exercise into your routine. If exercising is new to you and your routine, it will be difficult to stick with this new activity. Think of it as starting a new trail off to the side. Trekking through 3 foot tall grass, rocks, and possible uphill terrain may not be as enticing as that already made smooth trail to the side. The first time, the second time, third time, or even the fiftieth time you walk this new path may not be as smooth as the original. But by continually walking the same path over and over again (in this example exercising on a consistent basis), it will soon form a new path as easily traveled as the original. The unfortunate fact, is that the original trail (not working out) still exists and you can easily go back to the old habit and forget about the new trail (your new neural pathway aka your new exercise habit).
According to some sources it takes 3-6 months to form a new habit. What do you do in the meantime, while you are in the process of creating these new habits? How do you stay committed and motivated, so that you can reach your goals?
Supporting Your Habits
Below are five tips to support you as you work towards your goals this year.
1. Figure out a step by step plan for completing your habits.
How are you going to fit this into your routine? How will you make time for it? How can you make it a non-negotiable? Put it on your calendar.
2. Get accountable. Find a buddy, a partner to keep you accountable.
This is lower on the totem poll as far as accountability goes, but it’s a start. The problem, is that there is no real objective consequences if you fail. Also, your accountability partner may fall off the wagon, then what? This can work, and is a starting point, but there are better options.
3. Invest some money: get more accountable
Join a course, an online program, a gym, a class, a boot camp, etc. This can be not only motivating, but the monetary component is the extra push to keep you at it.
4. Hire a coach
Get 1:1 advice, support and accountability by a trained coach. Monetary commitment plus individual accountability is a recipe for success.
5. Use your senses to stay motivated.
Visualize what is will feel like, look like, when you achieve your goals. What positive changes will come with your new goal?
6. Become the person you want to be today.
What type of person will you be once you achieve x? What will you do? What will you feel like? Start telling yourself you are already there. For example, who will you be once you loose weight? (you’ll probably be a person who eats healthy foods and exercises regularly, right? So do that now.)
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