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Build habits that change with you and your goals

Munira Rangwala
3rd May 2017
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Life isn't constant and your goals are bound to alter as you grow as an individual. However, as your goals change, your habits need to change as well. For example, if your goal is to go for a run every morning instead of every evening, you need to alter your daily habits to be able to get up early every morning. Fine-tuning your habits and developing a focused routine takes time and effort. Here's how you can make 2017 your best year yet by building habits that change with you and your goals.

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Evolve with changing times

For any change to happen, one needs to first understand and evaluate what changes need to be brought about in the first place. Only when you have understood the importance of evolving with changing times, will you feel the need to alter your daily habits. You will always have a choice to choose between whether you want to grow and evolve as a person or you want to continue being stuck in your comfort zone. No matter what choice you make, it should take you closer to where you want to be.

Make the new habits stick

Once you have made the decision to change your old habits, you need to stop procrastinating and get started on seeing the changes come through. Set a routine that will help you achieve more in accordance with your evolving goals. Focus on getting the best results and your new habits will stick automatically.

Reward your wins

If you've followed your new routine perfectly, reward yourself for the good work. Achieving bigger and harder goals takes effort and when you finally manage to accomplish these goals, acknowledge your success by rewarding your accomplishments. When you reward yourself for your wins, you motivate yourself to keep up the good work. However, keep the practice of self-rewarding exclusive as you don't want it to lose its charm.

Absorb all the information you get

Simply rewarding yourself won't work if you want to make your new habits stick. You'll have to scout online for article and information to help you make your routine a part of who you are. You can even join various Facebook groups of people similar to you who are trying to bring about behavioural changes. Being a part of such groups will motivate you as you'll be interacting with individuals whose goals are aligned with yours.

Maintain an accomplishment sheet

Note down every milestone you achieve in your accomplishment sheet. By doing this, you will be motivated to fill this sheet with a new entry every day. You can also have a sheet with your new routine printed on it. There is something intensely satisfying about ticking off items from a list. It is known to reduce stress. When you have successfully internalised a specific new habit, check it off the list. Soon, you'll see the difference you've waited so long for.

If you don't change your habits with your changing goals, you'll never be able to fulfill your new objectives. Use the above five techniques to build habits that will alter as you evolve as an individual.

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