Another diet. Another exercise routine. Another self-help book. Despite our efforts, so many of us still face those same ten pounds, the same lack of confidence, or the same overwhelming worry. After trying countless new methods, why is it that our changes don’t last?
We are missing the secrets to make them stick! Here are four ways to implement lasting change:
1. Do you really want this change? Decide if you really want to change, or if it’s something you think you should want or something someone else wants for you. Are you actually okay with where you are right now? Dig deep to determine if change is something you desire. You need to truly want this change to make it last.
2. Get inspired. Read about people who have implemented a similar change or overcome a similar challenge. Knowing that you are not alone and that it has been done before is empowering. Take time to think about other ways you have changed throughout your life, and believe you can change again. If it’s helpful, try using a daily mantra about change. You can say something as simple as: I believe in change. I am becoming the best I can be.
3. Choose the best. A quick internet search can yield endless suggestions on any topic, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed trying to implement every great idea we come across. While it’s important to know what’s out there, we also need to know ourselves. Be open to the fact that what works for you may be different from what works for your best friend or favorite celebrity. Recognize there are many good options, but only you can decide what is best for you.
4. Identify your true motivator. While wanting to achieve a bikini body or get better sleep are worthy goals, they may not be big enough to sustain lasting change. Try playing this game with yourself: ask over and over why you want to implement this change. If it leads you to something along the lines of “because it makes me happier” or “because it brings me peace,” you’ve found a motivator that will last.
Do you have tips for making change last? Share with us in the comments below!