For those of us seeking personal growth, we often think about making long-lasting change for the better. Here are some tips that might come in handy
Here we use the goal of getting to a healthy weight as an example.
- Be clear on what the habit you are trying to break and the new behaviour you would prefer to adopt—identify the habits that you feel are holding you back e.g. you might think “ I binge on chocolate and crisps, so I’m overweight “
- Identify a successful new habit and the rewards and benefits it will bring e.g. “I will exercise for 20 minutes, three times a week, so I will lose weight, tone up and feel better about myself”.
- Develop a simple three-step action to help kick-start your new habit e.g.
- Put a time in your diary for when you can exercise
- Identify your start date.
- Get support if you need it (e.g. If you need someone to take care of the children)
- Share your goal with a friend, relative or colleague who you know would be supportive of the change you want to make. Support helps!
- Next time you’re tempted to snack, ask yourself, “Is what I’m doing now going to help me achieve my goal?”
- Focus on the progress that you make. As you begin to change, thank yourself stop, recognise, and give yourself credit for every little step you take towards your new habit.
- Celebrate your success once you have achieved the desired change and use this as a reminder to continue to practise your new more helpful behaviours.
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