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Do These 5 Things to (Actually) Stick to Your Goals

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, we end up creating a big void that leads to obsessive thinking. And that eventually will lead to falling back into old patterns.

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What You Can Control

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.

Identity-Based Habits

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Changing your beliefs about yourself
  1. Decide the type of person you want to be;
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Clarity

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Motivation to take action

Writing down your goals will motivate you to take action.

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Filtering your opportunities

Writing down your goals will provide a filter for other opportunities.

The more successful you become, the more you will be deluged with opportunities. But these opportunities can quickly become distractions that pull you off course.