HABITS ARE OUR BRAINS WAY OF SIMPLIFYING OUR LIVES AND SAVING US STRESS AND ENERGY. THE TRICK IS TO REPLACE A BAD BEHAVIOR WITH A BETTER ONE.
SO WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT?
For starters start focusing on the REWARD of the new/replacement activity. For example I have a hard time getting to my yoga class. I love how it makes me feel but tend to focus on the 20 minute drive, the time away from family, the time it takes rather than how relaxed it makes me feel or how productive and energized I am. By focusing on the "rewards" I am sure to attend class more consistently.
Here's what you can do:
Start Specific - Be clear about your goals.
Start Small - Break big goals into baby steps. We tend to get overwhelmed and give up when a goal is too big to see the finish line. Taking smaller steps and feeling the reward throughout keeps us motivated
Practice daily -In order to see results you'll have to be consistent. Making a new behavior a habit takes repetition.
Be accountable - Write down your goals and post it where you'll see it daily....even better tell a friend or your mate, saying your goals outloud gives them power.
Expect slipups - No one can be perfect 100% of the time so avoid all or nothing attitudes (this is my weakness)
Reward yourself -Feeling great is the incentive for making and keeping a habit. After fullfillling a goal write down how it feels, next time your giving yourself excuses not to do it you can remind yourself why you want to.
Article by Stephanie Young ~Marie Claire March 2012