With the new year only being a couple of days in, many of us are trying to keep at our New Year goals. Many of us start strong and have a lot of motivation initially, but often, motivation quickly fades, and we lose sight of that New Year’s Resolution.
Wouldn't it be so nice just to be able to do everything that you're supposed to be doing without having to think about it? Working out every day, eating healthy, making time for self-care, and keeping up with everything else with ease. Unfortunately, these things don't come automatic and require some work.
With a bit of discipline, you can get these habits to stick and become a second thought and avoid the New Year’s Resolution cycle. Here are some tips to help get you started on your brand new habits:
Start Simple – It’s natural to want that instant gratification of success when starting a new habit, but if you take on too much too quickly, you’ll burn out fast. It’s essential to have the goal in mind, but start small and continue to build on each day.
Commit to Thirty Days – 3 to 4 weeks is a substantial amount of time to make this new task habitual. If you can make it through this period, it will become much easier to sustain.
Make it Daily – It’s important to be consistent when making a brand-new habit stick. If you are trying to drink more water, try drinking a specific amount, such as a gallon, for 30 days. When you are only doing the habit a couple of times a week, it will be harder to get that habit to stick.
Be Imperfect – Don’t expect all of your attempts at changing your habits to go off without a hitch. Life can be unpredictable, and things pop up; if there is a day you have to miss your routine, it'll be okay; there is always a tomorrow to get back after it.
Use “But” – When thinking a negative thought in regards to changing your habit, this small little change can help you get through these destructive thought patterns. When you start thinking negatively, interrupt the thought with “but.” For instance, “The gym is so hard to go to every day, but I can feel myself getting stronger.” Over time you'll notice your negative thoughts shifting into a more positive, uplifting one.
Your brain is one of the most difficult muscles to train, but these tips get you moving down the right path with these tips and tricks. Good luck with all of your goals!