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.
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!