Create a New Habit First
If your goal is large you can make it easier to achieve by creating lots of small habits first. Instead of trying to revamp your entire life at one time to fit a large goal, try changing small things one at a time.
Examples of small habits:
✓ Eat a banana at breakfast each day
✓ Cut down by not having one cigarette each morning
✓ Put $5 into a savings account each Friday
✓ Take the stairs up to your office each morning
✓ Pack a healthy snack
✓ Spend 10 minutes exercising each day
✓ I will put all my plastic bottles into the recycle bin
✓ Park your car at the back of the parking lot
✓ Get off the bus one or two stops earlier and walk to work
✓ Walk to the corner store for milk and don’t drive there
✓ Go to bed half an hour earlier each night
You want to view these as mini steps to your main goal. So if your main goal was to exercise more, spending 10 minutes each day is a great way to start. Once you are in the habit of doing this increase the time by creating a new habit.
All of these smaller habits will take you about 21 days to achieve. Once you find you automatically eat that banana each day it is time to add the next one into the link. Before you know it you will be well on your way to reaching your larger goal.
Saying your goals out loud to yourself is another great way to reinforce them in your mind. This will act as a reminder of what you want to achieve. Try this each morning while getting dressed or each evening after dinner.