If you’re like nearly half the population, you made resolutions for 2019. If you’re worried about sticking to them, that’s a legitimate concern: 80% of resolutions are renounced by February. Here are ways to help you succeed:
Get support: Make sure your environment supports your efforts by setting healthy goals with friends and family, and sharing your resolutions widely so that those around you can help you stay on track.
Just do it: Habits are patterns that are etched into our brains, whether that habit is good (going for a morning run) or not-so-good (taking an afternoon trip to the vending machine). Start etching those new habits into your brain by doing them over and over again until they feel like second nature.
Make it easier (or harder): our environment can also be tweaked to make certain tasks more difficult or easier to do. Tough habits become easier when you make them easier to do! For example, pack your gym clothes the night before your morning workout. If you’re trying to stop a bad habit, make it more difficult—aka, put the junk food in a hard-to-reach spot or get rid of it altogether!
Be patient: According to one study, it takes, on average, 66 days to form a new habit, depending on the habit—drinking a daily glass of water became automatic rather quickly; doing 50 sit-ups every morning took longer.
Track your progress: Every is worth noting so that you can feel positive and build your motivation as you work to reach your goals.