Making Positive Habits Stick
Making major life changes like starting a new fitness routine, losing substantial weight or getting out of debt can be daunting. But many experts in the fields of health and wellness say there are some key steps you can take to help foster success.
Focus on One New Change at a Time
Productivity blogger and author Leo Babauta suggests concentrating on implementing one new habit at a time. In his 2009 book “The Power of Less,” Babauta explains how he used that strategy to quit smoking, get out of debt, write two books, become a marathon runner and more — all in just two years.
If your goal is to exercise five days a week and you’re not currently working out at all, start with one day a week and build from there. If your goal is to become a vegetarian, begin by eating one plant-based meal each day. Starting small makes it easier to adopt new behaviors without getting overwhelmed.
Schedule Your Efforts
Set aside time for goal-related activities. Mark them on your calendar and treat them like any other appointment. Say no to events during those time blocks and don’t cancel on yourself.
Seek Social Support
Studies show that involving friends and loved ones in your goals helps motivate you and keep you accountable. It’s even better if you and a buddy have similar objectives. Apps and sites that digitally connect you to friends or coworkers can ignite your competitive spirit and push you to keep going.