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It doesn’t matter whether your goal is weight loss, exercise, normal blood sugar, or decreasing stress —simply learning about the value of lifestyle changes is insufficient on its own to help people maintain their goals.
We tend to focus on superficial rewards to motivate ourselves to achieve our goals. But rewards that contribute to our overall well-being are more helpful in maintaining our motivation in the long term for the lifestyle changes we desire.
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Whether it is a resolution to lose weight, to do more exercise, or to consume less sugar, we all have encountered hardships trying to stick with them.
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Making resolutions requires no effort, but if we decide to suddenly shift towards improving too many of our behaviors at once, it can backfire.
Focus on one thing that you want to change, at a time, and commit to it.
You may not be able to change the external circumstances, stressful situations, or work environment. What you can do is control how you react to negative forces and stressful situations.
For example: If you get unhealthy food at your home, you can control how or when you eat it.
“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy ..."
Use surprise rewards.