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Do These 5 Things to (Actually) Stick to Your Goals
Remember at the beginning of the year, you made New Year's resolutions to stop smoking, lose weight, exercise more, think positively? And then remember how easy it was to slide back into old patterns about six days later? Why is it so hard to stick to your goals? Because change is big.

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15 minutes a day for making changes

15 minutes a day for making changes

Devote at least 15 minutes a day to your change.

Even if it’s just a walk around your neighborhood, one less cigarette, reading an inspirational article, do it. Mix it up, too. No one wants t...

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Fork over the truth

Behavior modification teaches us that we repeat behaviors that make us feel good. What’s your payoff for not changing? 

Until the goal becomes...

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Set realistic goals

Start with one behavior at a time.

Instead of concentrating on losing 20 pounds in 20 days, for example, make a goal to simply begin by eating five fruits and vegetables a day...

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Never eliminate. Replace

If your goal includes eliminating a specific behavior, it must be replaced with a new behavior if you want permanent change. 

If we don’t substitute a behavior,...

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Find support

We all need encouragement and support throughout our journey of change. 

For you, maybe that’s a friend to hold you accountable or a group that is like-minded i...

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Identity-Based Habits

Building these habits means focusing on the type of person you wish to become rather than the outcome you wish to achieve.

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Change can occur at 3 levels

  • Outcomes: changing your results - losing weight, publishing a book, etc.
  • Process: changing your habits and systems - implementing a new routine at the gym, developing a meditation practice, etc.
  • Identity: changing your beliefs - worldview, self-image, judgments.

Changing your beliefs about yourself

  1. Decide the type of person you want to be;
  2. Prove it to yourself with small wins;

You have to become the type of person you want to be, and that starts with proving your new identity to yourself.

Changing your habits

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Your brain thinks in pictures

The brain places information into maps and pictures for quick recollection. We not only remember the past, but we also collect pictures of what we believe is possible in the future.

These pictures of the future are what motivates us to stay disciplined with our actions until it becomes a habit.

Find your vision

Ask yourself:

  • What new behaviors would you love to make into habits?
  • What emotions do you want to experience more of?
  • Who do you want to hang out with?
  • What activities do you want to do more of?
  • What can you do more or less of to increase your hope for the future?
  • How do you want to feel this day next year?

Write your vision in a journal.

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