If you're like most people, you've probably tried to make a habit change at some point in your life, only to find that it's more complex than it seems. Why is it so difficult to stick to our good intentions? The answer may have less to do with willpower and more to do with our mindset. In order to make lasting change, we need to shift our thinking in the following ways:
1. From "I have to" to "I get to."
When we view our habits as something we must do, it feels like a chore. This can lead to resentment and eventually cause us to give up altogether. However, when we see our habits as something we get to do—something that's beneficial for us—we're much more likely to stick with it. After all, who doesn't like getting things done?
2. From "this is hard" to "this is worth it"
It's easy to get discouraged when we're trying something new, and it's not going as smoothly as we'd hoped. But if we can remind ourselves that the effort is worth the reward, we'll be more likely to push through the tough times. Yes, making a habit change can be hard work, but it's worth it in the end.
3. From "I'm not sure I can do this" to "I know I can do this."
Self-doubt is a significant obstacle on the road to success. If we don't believe in ourselves, it won't be easy to make any progress. On the other hand, if we approach our goals confidently, we're much more likely to achieve them. So instead of letting doubt creep in, try telling yourself, "I know I can do this."
4. From "I'm doing this for myself" to "I'm doing this for others."
It's essential that we nurture our relationships with others; one way of doing that is by ensuring we're taking care of ourselves. We're more likely to follow through when we focus on how our actions will benefit those around us—rather than just ourselves. For example, if you're trying to eat healthier, think about how your body will feel better and how you'll have more energy for your loved ones.
5. From "I'm doing this until..." to "I'm doing this forever."
When we see our habit changes as temporary measures, it's easy to fall off the wagon when things get tough. But if we commit to making these changes permanent fixtures in our lives, we're much more likely to stay the course. So instead of thinking of your new diet as something you're doing until you lose weight, think of it as a way of eating that you'll maintain for the rest of your life. The same goes for exercise, sleep habits, and any other area you want to improve.
Making lasting habit changes can be difficult, but it's possible. By shifting our mindset in the ways outlined above, we can set ourselves up for success. So next time you're trying to make a change in your life, remember these five tips and see how they help you achieve your goals.
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