The start of a new year often finds us wanting to adopt healthier habits. No doubt, it's a challenging task; obstacles will always come up. Most of the time, the obstacles are internal, and the solution, therefore, is also internal. The secret to success lies within your mind and energy.
In this article, we’ll offer 8 tips—things to remember that will help you stay the course as you work on healthier habits this year. It's all about retaking ownership of your mind, understanding how to work with energy, and committing to a year of action and completion
Using the Power of Your Mind
Your mind possesses immeasurable potential. Taking back your mind
is about replacing automatic, conditioned thinking with new ways of thinking that align with your goals.
1. Train Your Brain:
Mindfulness and meditation are great tools to help clear the mental fog, calm the nerves, and build focus to forge new habits. Train your mind to reflect on your goals, continually visualizing success, and reacting positively to the changes. Visualize and focus on your goals or intentions and the actions required to achieve them as often as you can.
2. See Yourself as a Winner:
Develop a positive self-narrative and refrain from dwelling on past failures or difficulties. Allow yourself to progress at your own pace. Remember that every step forward, no matter how small, signifies progress. Be patient with your growth and embrace each success with positivity and pride.
Understanding and Leveraging Your Energy
Energy is a powerful tool in habit formation
. Attune to your internal energy flow and identify fluctuations that affect your motivation.
3. Identify Your Energy Drainers:
Knowing what robs you of your energy is the first step in mitigating its effects. Energy drainers can be physical, emotional, or even environmental factors. Once identified, strategize on how to eliminate or minimize their impact. Similarly, recognizing periods when you feel low energy will help you manage your expectations, be gentle with yourself, and find alternate ways to maintain momentum toward your goals.
4. Find Your Energy Boosters:
Discover what invigorates you and leverage it. States of high energy are the perfect moments to establish new habits or strengthen existing ones. Energy boosters can be a passion, a person, or a place that uplifts your spirit and keeps you driven. It's essential to regularly tap into this source, particularly when your energy reserves are running low.
Committing to Completion
5. Get Support from the Right People:
The people in your life can greatly influence your actions, and can even make or break your success. Having encouraging, positive people in your corner will go a long way toward helping you achieve your goals.
On the flip side, there may be others in your life who cannot be helpful because they may not have the understanding or the right attitude to be in alignment with your goal. In this case, it’s wise to “protect” your new habit like it’s a vulnerable newborn, and only share it with people who can truly help nurture it.
6. Celebrate Small Wins:
By validating each accomplishment, however tiny, you are anchoring positive energy and reaffirming your ability to create new habits. Nothing is too small to celebrate; keep encouraging and inspiring yourself to go for what you want.
7. Be Consistent:
It's continuity and repetition that makes a habit. Repeated actions stimulate the creation of neurological pathways in your brain, making it easier to repeat those actions in the future. Commit to performing your desired action consistently. Your dedication will pay off, and eventually it will become second nature.
8. Be Patient:
Building new habits takes time, and setbacks and bumps in the road are a normal part of the process. Manage your expectations. Some days will be harder than others, and that’s okay. Trust that the small steps you take every day will add up to big changes in your wellness journey.
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