Contributing Editor: Vivian Nweze

 

Making a commitment is easy. Sticking with it is a bit harder. It takes having the right motivation and drive to be consistent. Anyone who wants to commit to a new habit has a lot of distractions to see past and obstacles to jump over, but these tips and tricks will help you stay on track!

  • Start small. Set a goal or a commitment that is realistic to strive for daily.
  • Know your why behind the habit. The Intensity of your emotion is the ultimate motivator.
  • Stick with it for 21-66 days. It can take 3 months for a new habit to stick. It’s easier to commit to 21 days to get started or up to 66 days for something to feel like it’s part of your routine.
  • Create an If-Then affirmation. Example: “If I do push ups every day, then I will become a healthier person.”
  • Reward yourself. This helps keep you motivated.
  • Make it a daily habit to be consistent. It’s easier to forget or make excuses when it’s not an everyday action.
  • Be specific. What’s more effective… “eat healthier” or “add vegetables to dinner every day.” The more specific you can get the more tangible your habit will be.
  • Take advantage of life changing events to start a new chapter. A new start can kick off a new habit.
  • Embrace having a routine so you can make less daily decisions. The less you have to remember, the more room for your new habit to be a priority.
  • Visualize the steps you have to take to form your new habit, not the end result. 
  • Get rid of obstacles to your new habit. 
  • Start it in the morning or whenever you get your day going.
  • Track your progress! It helps with accountability to yourself and adds to your motivation to stick with it.
  • Create accountability with a partner or by finding a community.
  • Perform habits at the same time everyday. Create a rhythm.
  • Try forming one new habit at a time.

 

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You have a few months left in 2019! Create that new habit you’ve been thinking of and stick with it into the new year!