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Don't Make Resolutions, Build Habits Instead

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/12/19/dont-make-resolutions-build-habits-instead/

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Don't Make Resolutions, Build Habits Instead
Inspired to make New Year's resolutions? Don't. Build habits instead. Why? Resolutions are big, bold actions that depend on motivation. They work against the brain's natural tendencies to save energy and act as a "mental couch potato," as described by UCLA professor and Director of Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory Dr. Matthew Lieberman in his book.

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Resolutions Don't Work

Resolutions feel huge, requiring a lot of mental bandwidth and loads of constant motivation to keep up. Resolutions are easy to decide on but tough to maintain daily.

Habits, on the other hand, are naturally easier to do. They are positive daily activities and actions, are brain-friendly, learned behaviors.

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Habits: Start Small

Habits: Start Small

Start small with something you already desire or like to do, to ease out the entire process for you right at the start.

For example, if you plan to write more, why not buy a journal and a pen that you want to use, and keep them handy, facilitating the writing habit naturally.

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Trigger New Action

Trigger New Action
Choose a 'trigger' action you already do to initiate the new habit you want to form.

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Simple Actions

Whatever task you plan to do, make it as simple and doable as possible, removing any friction that can lead to putting it off.

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Adjusting Your Environment

Adjusting Your Environment

Create or adjust your environment to provide you with cues to take on the positive habit of action.

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Celebrate

Celebrate

Tell yourself what a good job you are doing, and get your brain to be happy, by celebrating even the smallest success.

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Repeat And Evaluate

Repeat your actions daily, while evaluating them on a weekly basis.

Enable faster growth of your positive habit by following the process of repetition and evaluation.

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Be Nice To Yourself

Our emotions create our habits, and celebration is the best way to create a positive feeling that waters your new habits. It pays to be nice to ourselves.

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