Updated: Jun 4, 2019
If you are serious about creating change, you need to know your "why."
If you've been consistently creating a new habit since January 1, GOOD NEWS! You're 23 days into the new year, which means you are well on your way to making it stick ~ Congratulations if this includes you! For me, the new habit is drinking more water and so far, so good.
I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but...this is also about the time we get bored. Sticking to our new habits feels harder than when we started. Did you know that only 8% of people who have a resolution actually achieve it? Did you know that it was 4 degrees here in CT this week and drinking 75 ounces of water each day was really the last thing I want to do?! It definitely feels harder.
It's go time if you are serious about creating change! My best advice to you is….
You need to know your "why." The reason we don't stay committed to change is because we are more focused on the task and not on the reason it matters. Why are you drinking more water, going to the gym, making time for self care? Your answer becomes your inspiration to pull you through the boredom and discomfort. Focus ONLY on the "why". It will inspire you to stick with it. For me, I'm drinking 75 ounces of water per day for more energy, clearer thought and to stay at my ideal weight. Keep your eye on the prize!
Here are a few simple ways:
Take 3 minutes first thing in the morning to paint a vivid picture of the outcome in your mind. Get specific and use all 5 senses.
Take 3 minutes each morning to make sure your calendar includes time to focus on creating the outcome.
Set a timer for midday to take 3 minutes to vision again.
Complete the tasks that create the outcome and your vision.
Take 3 minutes at the end of the day to write a list of all your successes towards your vision.
Change is created one step at a time. Set up your life to stay focused on the inspiration - the "why." It has much more energy to push you towards realizing your vision instead of needing to muster the motivation to get you through the task.
You've got this!
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