Change is hard, whether it’s for something big or small. One important way to stick with your goals is to remember why you decided to make the change in the first place. Here are some other ideas for working towards your goals:
When Change is HardMaking a change is not easy. In fact, 60 percent of people who achieve their New Year's resolutions flop once-or more-before succeeding.
But you can pump up your healthy habits. And the more you stick with a new behavior, the easier it gets. That's because repetition actually can build pathways in your brain.
If you're having trouble, consider these tools for sticking with change.
Boost Your MotivationEveryone has times when their motivation sags. Here are some tips to boost yours:
- Remember your why. What made you try this wellness tool? Was it because you wanted to be more focused at work? Less grouchy to your spouse? Less winded at the gym? Or maybe it was just because you deserve to feel good. Whatever your reasons, keep a list to inspire you.
- Make a change. If you've tried your chosen tool for a while and aren't feeling better, try another. Remember, not all of the 10 Tools are right for everyone. Also consider shifting the way you use a tool to avoid boredom. For example, if you've chosen to help others, instead of checking on your neighbor this week, try donating to charity.
- Get support. If appropriate, join a group or work with a friend. You also can ask those around you to support your change. If you're trying to stay positive, you might ask your kids to tell you something great about their day.
- Congratulate yourself. Success breeds success, so acknowledge yourself for any steps forward. Little rewards sometimes also work well.
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