If you start working on yourself now, you’ll end up saving a lot of effort, time, and money in the long run. Read on to find out more.
1. Do not leave yourself loopholes
Think of someone who wants to stop consuming sweets or drinking alcohol. He promises himself to abstain all day and only in the evening to eat a small piece of dessert or a little drink. As a result, he cannot think of anything else all day. This makes it a hundred times harder to break a bad habit completely.
If you really want to change your behavior, give up the idea that you can do something 98%.
Consistency is essential; otherwise, you will always waste energy trying to motivate yourself. You’ll make yourself promises to change, but you’ll always leave a loophole. You seem to convince yourself in advance that you will not cope.
2. Change one part of life to change all the rest
One cannot succeed in one area of life while he is deluded in others.
Positive changes in one sphere of life, even tiny ones, give a powerful impetus. The main thing is to use the received motivation to change other areas of life day after day. For instance, daily question yourself: “Have I improved my physical, emotional, psychological, and mental health by at least 1%?”
The more you improve, the more you desire to get even better. The more you learn, the more you become aware of how much more there is to learn. The realization that today you are better than you were yesterday is inspiring. Imagine what you could accomplish tomorrow!
It’s okay if you don’t know where to start. The most important thing is to start with something. Yes, changes don’t happen all at once, but they start with one action.
3. Believe You Can Do Anything
You will not achieve more than what you believe you can achieve. So change your beliefs first. Ask yourself:
- Do I have big enough goals? (And do I have long-term goals at all?)
- What happens if I increase them 10 times?
- Do I believe in my success? Or just pretending?
Deep down, most people don’t believe their life can be extraordinary. Their ideal future doesn’t seem like a legitimate goal to strive for. However, if you wish to alter your habits and grow, you need to believe that you can become better. Try to imagine something bigger and better than what you have now, and strive for it.
4. Change your environment
If we ourselves do not shape and control our environment, it will shape and control us.
Marshall Goldsmith, coach
We are used to thinking that our desire alone is enough to overcome the habits developed over the years. But when the environment remains the same, you shouldn’t expect your behavior to change significantly.
Of course, changing the environment isn’t easy. It may even seem to you that some aspects cannot be changed – this is natural. Start with what you can change. For example, do not tolerate mediocrity and those who are willing to put up with it.
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5. Make slightly better decisions every day.
The main problem is that we can’t wait to see the results. Little gradual progress doesn’t seem like progress to us. Because of this, attempts to change are often thwarted. Seeing no quick results, people give up and fall back on old habits.
But man is incredibly flexible. You can adapt and change almost anything about yourself. The ideal life, as you imagine it is possible. To get better and get what you want, make better decisions day after day than you did yesterday.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff
Sources: Life hacker