4) Announce the Goal
Announcing your goal to your friends, family, and any other people around you can be embarrassing if you ultimately failed to achieve your goal. But, that’s if you operate on a deadline, rather than a schedule. Better yet, by announcing your goal, you’ll have people who expects you to perform. You’ll be much more willing to hit the gym when you have a bunch of friends expecting you to arrive on time and train with them. The social support you’ll get is a big plus, and that may just be the extra push you need to go through the first few steps of building a new habit. Like the saying goes, the first step is always the hardest, so you’ll want all the help you can get.
5) Remember the Reward
Last but not least, make sure what you’re working for is important to you. External rewards can only bring you so far, so knowing the importance of the habit goes a long way toward maintaining it. The more important it is, the more drive you’ll have to stick with it through rain or rainbow. If performing the habit makes you feel good, all the better; if it doesn’t, remind yourself of the eventual reward you are gonna reap, and reward yourself every time you managed to stick to the schedule, so that both instant and delayed gratification work toward your favour. It doesn’t matter if you were to have a feast after you managed to eat clean for a day, as it is still better than not eating clean and feel bad about it. The important bit at the beginning is to lessen your resistance toward performing the habit, so that you can build a consistent schedule. You can worry about building up your performance later.
At the end of the day, it is consistent practice that counts. I hope this post has been helpful to you. All the best!
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