Every once in awhile, we fail in achieving the goals we set for ourselves. At the beginning, we know what we need to do in order to reach our goals. During the early stages, we are able to perform whatever it is we need to do. But somewhere along the way, we falter, we lose interest and eventually, we go back to square one.
It’s hard to change well-established habits but we can learn to create newer, better ones that will take us closer to our goals.
For example, if you do not want to be late for work again, you need to sleep early so you can wake up early. This will allow you to have enough time to prepare in the morning and then travel to your workplace. Change your morning habits that are keeping you from leaving your home early.
The trick is to avoid focusing on what your goals are. Instead, pay more attention to your daily routine as this will allow you to see and feel that you are making progress. Although these changes seem insignificant at first, the successes you make will become bigger eventually. Big things usually begin from small ideas anyway.
You can apply this to your different goals like losing weight, quitting smoking, becoming more productive, or saving money. Once you let go of bad habits and go with better ones, reaching your goals will become easier. So how do you eliminate habits that are bad for you and make new ones that will help keep you on track? Consider these tips:
Go with Positive Changes
Make sure to replace your bad habits with positive ones. For example, if you want to quit smoking, involve yourself in exercise to release stress. It produces the same results without the negative effects of smoking.
Implement a 30-day Target
Aim to do your habit change for 30 straight days without failure. You may fail in the middle of it but do not lose hope. Just begin again until you succeed in reaching the 30-day mark. Once you do, the habit will feel easier for you.
Be Fully Committed
In order to push yourself to succeed, let people know about it. Let your friends and family know about what you want to achieve. You can even post your plan on social networks. The pressure will be an added motivator for you.
It is important to reward yourself to remain motivated. You can set a weekly reward for yourself so that you have something to look forward to.
Defeat Improper Desires
You will certainly encounter various desires to quit. This means that you need to prepare yourself with strategies to help you overcome any desire. Take note of all the desires you face every time you experience them. A good way to win over desires is through meditation and breathing exercises.
Take Note of Your Progress
Keeping a record of your improvements is also a good way to remain motivated. In the same example as quitting smoking, keep a record of how much you are able to lessen the cigarettes you smoke. In the same manner, track how much weight you are losing as a result of your daily exercise. Let others know about your improvements to keep you driven.
by: Jeffrey Slayter