There comes a time in our lives when we’re not just comfortable with where we are. There’s a burning desire for things to change, and we just cannot continue living the same way. Lifestyle changes are usually borne out of an ardent need to alter situations; most with an objective in mind. It could be to change your financial status and come out of debt, change to healthier eating habits, quit smoking, change jobs, or just a need to rebrand yourself. While it is awesome to have a list of things to do or new habits to form, it is one thing to write them down and it another to actually implement them. If you have been trying to change your lifestyle as regards anything at all, here are some essential tips to make sure you actually keep to them.
- Start Small
You must first understand that every lifestyle change is a process. Do not attempt to change speedily all at once, or you would drain yourself until you relapse. Most times, the relapse is worse. For instance, if you want to lose a drastic amount of weight, going on an extreme diet would not only have you tired in no time, it could have you in the hospital! Take small steps, and encourage yourself as you go on.
- Stare at your motivation
Having your eyes on the prize constantly, is a great way to keep the fire burning. This can be done in a myriad of ways depending on what your preferred outcome is. If success is the goal, it would help to have things that remind you of succeeding around you. You could use pictures, motivational quotes, family, the need to make impact, and so much more as propellers to your goal. They would keep you focused. It is important, however, not to let these things pressurize you.
- Keep track of your progress
Breaking your goal in bits would leave you having smaller and traceable targets. That said, it is important to pat yourself on the back after hitting every target. See the areas where you have done well, and note the areas where work still needs to be done. Tracking progress would help you ensure that you remain on course and are not distracted by other seemingly relevant things. It also is a form of motivation by itself.
BY: LAWRETTA EGBA