Feeling powerless against bad habits? You just need an action plan.
With these five simple steps, you can take control and change your behavior for good. It’s all about converting your thoughts to actions and actions to habits.
Step 1: Cultivate intent
By identifying your desired outcome or goal, you can make a plan going forward. Dig deep and find the heart of your vision by writing down the pros and cons of upgrading your behavior – or making no changes. This will paint a clear picture of what you hope to gain and provide the fuel to follow through with changes.
Step 2: Establish a baseline
Be realistic about where you’re at and use factors like your knowledge, skills, feelings, preferences, and current and past behaviors to create your baseline. Also account for external factors like your time and financial constraints. Once you’ve gathered all the info, you’ll be able to see where you should start.
Step 3: Create a plan
Don’t focus too much on your end goal to start. Instead, break your goal into smaller milestones. They’ll help you stay engaged and give you a chance to periodically check your progress and adapt. It’s natural to face barriers as you start on this new journey, so come up with contingency plans to account for challenges and help you stay on track.
Step 4: Seek sustainability
Stay focused by seeking support from others, like role models or peers on a similar journey. And don’t forget to celebrate the little milestones to boost your confidence along the way.
Step 5: Maintain progress
When you start to feel like your new habit is part of your lifestyle, don’t stop there. Restart the process with your next goal or the next step on the road to improving your life.
Now it’s your turn. What habits are you going to improve with this five-step method?
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