4 Ways to Make New Habits Stick

Four Ways To Build Habits

All of us approach the process of personal change a little differently. But anyone can take a cue from these key principles as you work to adopt new habits.

1. Build confidence

Focus on strategies that play to your strengths and your skills. Consider how you have succeeded in the past, and build your plan from there. Past experiences -- good or bad -- are learning opportunities and can be useful tools in tackling new goals with optimism.

2. Create a routine

An eating or activity schedule can create a better sense of control. Make sure your schedule is one that truly works for your life and not one you can follow only for the short term. That's why it's important to set realistic goals & - the more successful you are, the easier it will be to stay motivated.

3. Focus on what you're adding to your life

Try not to fixate on what you're giving up, whether it's certain foods, habits or a little extra TV time. Focus on things like the delicious, healthy meals you are eating and how energized you feel after a workout. Celebrate success as you notice even the smallest positive changes in how you look and feel; it will give you the momentum you need to keep going.

4. Make your program your own

The more you make your program work for you, the less likely you are to rebel against it. You may not know what approach will work best for you until you do a little experimentation. If one method doesn't work, try a different one. Keep at it, and you'll find a method that fits your lifestyle.

By following these principles, you can enjoy a lifetime of healthier living & - and a healthy weight!

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