Reaching your goals doesn’t require monumental changes or quick-fix transformations.  If you’re tired of giving up on your new goals or afraid you will easily give up on impending New Year’s resolutions, it’s time to adjust your environment and your mindset so you can see success. This is not about making your goals easier; it’s about making small changes in our everyday lives that will make the process of reaching our goals easier.  Tweak your environment and mindset to finally reach your goals.

Goals become much more likely to become reality if we can break them down into small changes we can then form a habit around.  Take a moment and think about what you could accomplish in a week, a month, or even a year if you created tiny habits today and kept building them up over time. Trying to make massive changes all at once usually leads to burn out or failure but taking small baby steps with tiny habits toward a bigger goal is doable, sustainable, and a road to success.  Again, tweak your mindset to reach your goal by believing in small daily actions.

Here are some tips for making sure you achieve success in your habits and goals.

“Choices are at the root of every one of your results. Each choice starts a behavior that over time becomes a habit.” ~ Darren Hardy

1. Make the good stuff easier to reach.

For instance, if you want to lose a certain amount of weight or start a body building regimen, set yourself up for success by keeping bottled water and fresh produce readily available. Trade your electronics time for a yoga mat or some running shoes. If driving to the gym is your excuse, sign up at a gym that’s closer to your house. If you need a personal trainer or flexible class schedules, find a gym nearby with these features.

2. Make the bad stuff harder to get to.

Avoid purchasing junk food or other foods and drinks that sabotage your healthy eating plans. Drive another route home from work to avoid stopping for cigarettes or alcohol. Unplug or lock up extra electronics that pose a temptation during the week. Whatever your temptation or bad habit may be, as they spend more time out of sight, eventually they’ll stay out of mind.

3. Break bad habits by putting up obstacles.

Can you think of any bad habits that actually help you reach your goals? Me neither, so that makes it more important to rid yourself of these habits. Use web browser blockers during work hours so you have no choice but to focus on work instead of playing games or aimlessly scrolling social media. Put your alarm in the bathroom instead of by your bed so you can’t hit snooze (this is especially helpful if your spouse or kids will hear it go off.

4. Changing your identity can make it easier to change your habits.

What type of person do you want to be? What kind of lifestyle does that person live? Answering questions about the person you WANT to become will lead to copying the habits that similar people use in their lives. Healthy people eat healthy, whole foods whereas unhealthy people eat packaged foods and drinks. Powerful CEOs will spend more time growing their company than they will complaining or playing video games. Also refer to yourself as being successful instead of trying to be successful. Tell people, “I am a non-smoker” rather than “I’m trying to quit.”

5. Associating with like-minded people will influence who you become.

Once you identify who you want to be, join groups with similar people who can be good influences. If you’re surrounded by people who want to procrastinate and gossip instead of doing work, then chances are high you’ll goof off, too, without getting any work finished. Whereas joining a mastermind group with other highly-driven entrepreneurs is where you’ll find inspiration to reach your goals and probably some new strategies, too.

The Plateau of Latent Potential

from ATOMIC HABITS by James Clear

FIGURE 2: We often expect progress to be linear. At the very least, we hope it will come quickly. In reality, the results of our efforts are often delayed. It is not until months or years later that we realize the true value of the previous work we have done. This can result in a “valley of disappointment” where people feel dis- couraged after putting in weeks or months of hard work without experiencing any results. However, this work was not wasted. It was simply being stored. It is not until much later that the full val- ue of previous efforts is revealed.

“Bad habits are easier to abandon today then tomorrow.”  ~ Proverb

Looking for some accountability and support? 

I invite you to call me!  I offer a JUMPSTART Your Healthy Habits Breakthrough Session for new clients.  In this session, we will spend 40 minutes examining the health goals you desire.  We will then pick one and identify one next step.  Are you ready?

Learn more about my kickstart program, Healthy Habits Realized over on the SERVICES page.  Now is a great time to start, prices go up March 2020.  Get a jump on the next decade by starting now.
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