It might sound like a cliché, but change doesn’t happen overnight, so it’s important to mentally prepare yourself for the journey. Think of change as a process, a bridge from one state to another. Sometimes that pathway twists and turns, and includes steep hills and potholes, but there are steps you can take along the way to help you stay on track.
Firstly, prepare to succeed! Sadly most attempts at change fail because of inadequate preparation. Yet the good thing is we can predict most of the things that could stop us from reaching our goal. So take the time to identify your potential downfalls, so you can set up safety nets and have the right support in place to help you through those difficult moments.
The second step is what I call ‘chunking’ behaviours or routines. That is, connecting a desired new action or behavioural shift to a pre-existing positive habit that’s already in your daily routine. For example, I was continuously forgetting to take my vitamins, so to help me remember them, I placed the bottle right next to my toothbrush, because brushing my teeth is a deeply ingrained habit. Now those two actions go hand in hand and I don’t forget.
Lastly, it’s good to start small, build momentum, and celebrate the wins along the way. Start by identifying just one or two actions and sticking with them. Write them down, make them visible and share them with your friends. Ask others for support and maybe even see if anyone wants to join you in the process. Plan in advance your rewards for meeting your commitments, and don’t forget to celebrate your efforts as well as the outcomes you achieve. Keep the positive affirmations going!