Your Motivation is here to STAY: 7 tactical ways to ensure your habits stick.
As we step into the new year, it’s time to think about the habits we want to form and how to stay motivated beyond the initial excitement. Establishing and maintaining new habits can be challenging, but with the right strategies, you can create lasting change that will last a lifetime.
Here are five tactical actions to help you sustain motivation and form new habits:
1. Start with a Clear and Simple Plan
Write down your goal and the specific habit you want to form. Make it as simple and clear as possible. For example, if your goal is to get fit, your habit could be a daily 15-minute workout. Clarity is the first step towards achieving your goal.
2. Create a Trigger for Your Habit
Identify a consistent part of your routine (like brushing your teeth) and use it as a trigger for your new habit. For instance, after brushing your teeth in the morning, immediately drink 2 glasses of water. This association can help cement the habit and make it second nature.
3. Track Your Progress
Keep a habit tracker. Each day you perform your new habit, mark it on your tracker. This visual representation of your progress serves as a powerful motivator and a reminder of your commitment. Habit trackers can take the form of a journal, a spreadsheet, or a specific app. Whatever it is, just make sure its going to be sustainable for you.
4. Implement the 'Two-Day Rule'
Never miss your new habit two days in a row. It’s okay to miss a day due to unforeseen circumstances, but make it a rule to get back on track the next day. This prevents the common pitfall of letting a single missed day derail your entire effort.
5. Reward Yourself for Milestones
Set small milestones and choose rewards for reaching them. For instance, after two weeks of consistent habit practice, treat yourself to something you enjoy, like a movie night, a favorite meal, or that item in that’s been sitting in your amazon cart that past 3 months. Rewards can reinforce positive behavior and make the journey enjoyable.
6. Find a Battle Buddy
What makes a new and hard to sustain habit easier to stick to? When you can share it with those that are close to you! Whether it be a friend, co-worker, or family member, finding someone with similar goals to you can be an excellent source of accountability.
7. The Reward is in the Process
You will find that after being consistent with your new habits for an extended period of time, everything else in life tends to be a bit easier. Procrastination goes away, confidence is on the uptick, and your outlook on life is more positive then normal. That is because you have now given yourself evidence to support the notion that your are now a better version of yourself!
Remember, the key to forming new habits isn’t just in the initial surge of motivation but in the consistency and strategies you apply. These tactical actions can be your roadmap to not just starting a new habit but making it a permanent part of your life. Stay focused, be patient with yourself, and watch as your new habits take shape in the coming year. 🌟