9 Tips for Developing Better Habits

The firmarathonst couple of months of a new year we are always thinking about developing better habits for the rest of the year.  Unfortunately, most of us give up before we even start!  No matter what your goal, losing weight, saving money for a home or eating more healthy foods, adopting good habits will help you reach your goals.  Here are a few tips you can put into practice this year:

  1. Get motivated – why do you want to adopt the habit?  How will your life improve once you develop this habit?  What will happen if you don’t? These three questions will help you streamline your goal and maintain motivation when you need it most.  If you’re a visual person write down your answers and post them where you’ll read them daily.
  2. Start small – lasting habits take time to develop.  Start by setting small goals that will eventually lead you to accomplishing your rend result.  By focusing on manageable changes at the beginning of your transformation, habits are more likely to become automatic.
  3. Set reminders – it’s easy to fall off track when you’re in the process of adopting a new habit.  Consistency is key, and setting a reminder will help you build good habits.
  4. Replace a bad habit – if you want to kick a bad habit, it helps to replace it with a better one. chocolate Trying to quit eating sugary snacks?  Keep carrot sticks or nuts nearby so when the urge to snack hits, you’re less tempted to reach for the candy or other sugary treats.
  5. Get others on board – tell people about the habit you’re trying to adopt.  The more people you tell, the more accountable you;ll feel.  And who knows?  They may even become inspired to adopt a new habit themselves!
  6. Have realistic expectations – changes don’t happen overnight – they happen over several weeks and months of consistent action.  Remember that achieving results only comes when you create consistency.
  7. Do it for 30 days – studies show it takes 30 days to form a habit.  Stay committed to your habit for a full 30 days.  If it hasn’t become automatic by then, try to pinpoint the challenges you’re experiencing so you can try again.
  8. Take on one habit at a time – although you may feel motivated to revamp your life and change several habits at once, doing so may prevent you from adopting any of them.  Focus on one good habitat a time.  Once it becomes routine, take on another new habit.
  9. Reward yourself for a job well-done – a small reward will keep you motivated, especially on days when it’s tough to stay on track.  Think about how you will reward yourself ahead of time so you have something to look forward to.

Hopefully these tips will send you on your way to a successful new habit!  Remember if you lose motivation go back to your original intention fojumpingr wanting to adopt the habit.  Don’t listen to your inner critic with those negative thoughts.  Seek out encouraging people and read inspiring books to silence that negative inner voice!

 

Remember it is always toasty in Naples and you deserve a piece of Naples sunshine and good habits!

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