The start of any year is always a classic time to start writing down your goals, and more importantly your habits which will help you reach your goals.
It's important to start off with the right mind set. A goal is not a destination. Once you reach a goal you will hopefully have formed good habits which will stick around for life. An example of this is if one of your goals is to run a half marathon. You will train for months in the lead up to it. After the event is complete it would be a shame to stop running altogether. Instead, you need to think of your next goal and habits. This could be instead of running 4 times a week, to keep up twice a week instead, until you think of your next goal.
Starting new habits can be mentally and physically challenging. Make sure you:
1 - Have a good think as to why you want to do a certain goal, ask yourself why. Get to the real emotion of why and remember this if you ever start talking yourself our of something.
2 - Give yourself a start date
3 - Keep it very simple
4 - Make it achievable
5 - Don't be afraid to reassess if it isn't working for you, which brings me back to number 4. You don't want to set yourself up to fail.
6 - Reward yourself after 6 weeks if you have kept it up
7 - Pair up habits, ie jog to the park and grab your coffee on the way back.
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Remember a daily habit needs to be something you can take in your stride each day. Over time these small habits build momentum and have a larger positive effect on your life. Be patient, be positive, be consistent and enjoy the process. Imagine if you had started 3 months ago and where you would be now. It's never the perfect time to start you just have to take that first step.