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Steps to making a habit

posted Oct 14, 2017, 8:42 PM by Ann Lee
1. Make sure it is a new habit that you feel good about versus feeling like it is a chore.
2. It is ok to take time to prepare versus starting right away.  Figure out all the little things that need to be put into place, and add each step to your calendar to get it done.  For example, this weekend order gym clothes, next weekend visit different gyms to find your perfect one.  Even if it takes a month to get ready, set yourself up for success versus finding excuses to never start.
3. Take baby steps.  If your goal is to exercise for 30 minutes, start with 5 minutes, and each week increase by 5 minutes.  That way it feels like it is doable and fits into your lifestyle gradually.  It helps to make your habit sustainable versus easy to fall off the horse.
4. Time your new habit with an old habit.  Do your habit along with something you already do regularly, such as brushing your teeth, getting the mail, taking a walk, etc.  That way it starts to become automatic versus a chore.
5. Find a reliable person to hold you accountable or partner to start the new habit together.

Don't get discouraged if you fall off the horse, just get back on!

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