LIVING: How To Make Your Healthy Habits STICK
With the best of intentions, so many of us set out to eat better, hit the gym more often, wake up earlier, read more, drink more water, put down our phones, and maybe moisturize a little more often. We're never short on healthy habits to start, but we're almost always short on follow-through.
One week, ten days, maybe two weeks go by after we set our healthy resolutions & we're already off the wagon.
If you identify with this (haven't we all at some point or another), I've got a super easy secret for you. There is one small trick to making habits stick for longer than a lunar cycle, and I'm going to share it with you in just a second.
But first, did you read my post on 3 Steps To Creating Healthy Habits That Last? This post helps you create the habits, but today I'm telling you how to MAKE SURE THOSE HABITS LAST.
Here's the secret: make it meaningful.
Whatever you're trying to do or change-- from water consumption to social media exposure-- if you don't make it personal, you're not going to stick with it, because you're not going to feel connected to it.
If it isn't meaningful to you, you're not going to prioritize it. You're not going to resist the temptation to scroll another minute or sneak that bite of cake after dinner.
We need to find our whys, dig deep, and make it matter.
How do we do that?
1. Make sure you're clear on WHY you're doing it.
Why is this important? What is this going to mean to you?
2. Get specific on WHAT you're doing.
Outline concrete boundaries and guidelines for what you're doing. Vagueness is another weight that will drag you down.
3. TAKE IT PERSONALLY.
If you don't follow through, take it personally. This doesn't mean get angry & beat yourself up. It means feel something when you don't follow through on the promises you make to yourself.
People say all the time (not necessarily to me specifically but to others whose lifestyles they envy) "I wish I had your discipline," or "I need to be more like you," but the only thing keeping them from having that disciple or being more like the person they want to be is a deep-seated reason & connection to their desire for change.
It's not a bad thing, but don't get mad at yourself when you fail to follow through on habits you haven't made meaningful to you. And if you genuinely want to make changes, I challenge you to get connected to those changes & attach yourself to the reasons why.