Motivation is a major key to sustaining behaviours but other tricks and tips can help. These include:
1. Get the right support from the significant other.
When delivering seminars and workshops, one of the most common comments I hear is this: “I wish my partner could hear this.” We all have this motivation and sense that our partners could benefit sometimes from the information and presentations we attend to some point in life. But also, we might realize the fact that enlisting the support and advice of the partner might be critical to how successfully we apply and sustain change.
If you decide you want to drink less, your chances to success are higher if your partner will start doing the same.
2. Be realistic.
Set up your goals realistically. I know that you want what’s best for you, that you want to achieve lots of amazing things in life, but GET REAL:one step at the time. Set up the first 5 steps and the bigger goals and take action. If the goal is too big, you might very well postpone it to SOMEDAY because it will be too big for you to take a small baby step today.
3. Keep in mind the close nearest future.
Set goals for everyday and keep at the back of your mind the whole motivation. Arrange the daily environment to sustain the small goals. The cues will serve you as reminders but also they will create the context for constructive change.
4. Check in with yourself from time to time
Review your progress and tune in, to see how do you feel about the changes you made so far. Check and evaluate the resources you put into the program and ask yourself what else do you need in the future.
5. Get rest and don’t be hungry.
When we feel tired or we are hungry, our neocortex doesn’t work so our willpower is very low. We lose control of our actions and we allow our impulses to take over our big healthy goals.
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