What About Cultivating positive habits?
You must have seen how some people just seem to have the knack of getting things done. They will say a thing like, 'I am going to begin exercising next year', and they do! However when you try, it's a different story. You stay with it awhile and then in some way it all falls flat. It can really easily make you discouraged and disheartened. You need to create good habits that stick, to inspire you.
Take a look at these 7 useful ideas and use them to see how you get along:
1. Begin small
Many people wish to plunge in at the deep end and change things over night, but if you wish to succeed, it is best to start small and increase because sustaining positive habit does take a great deal of willpower. Research shows that willpower resembles a muscle, once you use it, it burns out, and when it's tired it needs to stop. The solution is to start small without using a lot of willpower. So if its exercises we're discussing, rather than embarking on 50 pushups a day, start with five. Always establish your habit behavior first, not increasing the amounts until what you have started becomes a natural part of you.
2. Get linked to your good habit
Maybe you've started a project at the office and worked doggedly on it. You type of don't wish to let it go as you think about it as 'yours'. But we can use this mindset to our advantage, as a visual reminder of the investment you have made in your good habit. It's a great idea to get a calendar, with a marker alongside it, marking the date you started and watching its progress-- with the intention of never breaking the chain.
3. Are your objectives clear?
Being serious regarding your new positive habits means eliminating non-serious intentions. Research, once more, shows that you are a lot more likely to complete if you have analyzed your plans beforehand and you know exactly what you will do and when. It's no good saying, 'I think I will exercise 3 times a week'. You need to actually start making it happen, otherwise, you won't hack it. It is a good help if you plan your goals beforehand using a detailed goal planner.
4. Rejoice in victories
When you are managing yourself well with your positive habits, reward yourself. Rewarding yourself releases good-feeling chemicals in the brain, feelings of pride and pleasure. It equips you to continue with your good habits and create bigger wins later on.
Also Read: How To Keep Focus On Long Term Goals
5. Create your own surrounding
Lot of times, our environment is what drives our behavior. Create your environment and shape it to support your positive habits. Each of your new habits will require energy to do it done and the more energy and action need to follow it through causes a person to become less likely to complete with it. Maybe, rather than finishing a book, you rather watch TV. Now place your book where the TV is and move the TV to another room. Get the drift? It's creating the right environment so you can promote the change.
6. Supporters will support you
People whom you stay with or whom you come into contact everyday with can influence on your behavior a lot. As an example, if your best friend ends up being overweight, you increase the risk of turning into obese yourself by as much as 57%! Research and experience show us that we type of feel similarly and even act sometimes the same as individuals we spend a great deal of time with. That means you need to be with the same type of people who think like you. If you want positive things to happen in your life, you can't surround yourself with pessimists. You need positive people around you who make you feel positive and act positively.
7. Be responsible
Regretfully, 99% of people who set adventurous goals don't execute them because they don't plan them out. You can't be responsible for positive changes and habits if you have not thought, prepared for and put them into motion. A goal without consequences is just wishful thinking. You need to make favorable goals and put stakes on your new habits to hold your own self responsible. Setting positive goals, and achieving them requires energy, dedication, and self-control, plus some truly hard work. Do you have what it takes?
Also Read: Be Passionate about Your Goals and Do Not Quit
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