It’s easy to think of the things you want to commit yourself to, make lists, plan and begin the process. The hard part is continuing to carry out new habits as time passes. Help yourself cultivate dedication and discipline. Here are 6 tips to aid you in keeping your habits in place:

#1. Have a Purpose

Starting a new habit should be something that has meaning for you. If you’re doing something just to do it, you’re not likely to stick with it. Think about what is motivating you to adopt your new habit and brainstorm the benefits that will come from it.

#2. Commit for 3 Weeks

Think of it like a challenge. Imagining that you need to do something every day for the rest of your life can be super overwhelming. Instead commit to trying your habit for the next 21 days. You’ll find it much easier to stick to once you hit the 3-week mark.

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#3. Pencil It In

You can’t simply hope that you’ll find the time to practice your new habit. You need to be purposeful with your planning. Make time for completing your new activity. If you have a calendar, write it in. Pick specific days and times and treat it like an appointment.

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#4. Identify Reinforcers

Pay attention to different already established habits affect your new target habit. You will probably find that you have habits that help you stay on track with your new goal and ones that lead you astray. Try eliminating other habits that don’t help you and limit yourself to positive reinforcers.

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#5. Troubleshoot in Advance

It’s inevitable that things will pop up as you begin your new habit that will get in the way. Try to think of possible obstacles that you will face before beginning, and have backup plans in place for if those events occur. That will make it much easier to stick to your new habit if a difficulty arises.

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#6. Write it Down

Keeping track of the new habits you begin is good because it holds you accountable and also simply allows you to observe your own process. Nobody is perfect and there is nothing wrong with mistakes along the way. When you’ve kept a written track of your habit process, you will be able to learn and improve upon your decisions.

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Don’t panic when you want to undertake a new habit. Approach it with a clear mind and plans in place, and you will find that it becomes your second nature before you know it.

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