How to start living your dream life today
Our whole lives are composed out of habits. Most of them are harmless and give us our own unique essence but some habits can be debilitating because they make us favor short-term rewards at the expense of our long-term happiness.
It’s usually said the taking up a new habit or breaking an old one will take you exactly 21 days. However this is not really true. This process can last anywhere from 66-254 day for the average person. It depends both on the person doing it and how ingrained the habit is. Luckily with a few helpful tips no matter what the habits is it can be altered. So are you ready to turn yourself into the person you can be?
1. Identify it and break it down
In order to change your life for the better you have to know exactly what’s holding you back. Do you want to quit eating unhealthy? Do you want to stop wasting your time on TV or the Internet? Whatever it is first identify it. Then you need to figure out what role does this habit play in your life. Why are you doing this? What reward does this bring you and can you get a similar reward from something else?
2. Find your motivation and keep it close
When you’re determining a reason to stop doing something it shouldn’t just be that it’s bad for you. You need a clear picture or even have a materialistic reminder of why you’re doing this. These will get you through the temptations in the beginning. Keep a picture on your phone or make a dream board. Do you want to stop eating sugar because you want to have clear skin and be more confident and attractive? Make sure you remind yourself of that every time you want to reach for that soda can.
3. Keep yourself in check!
There’s no such thing as ‘just one more’. If you truly want to succeed you need to start strong and then keep going at the same pace. A good way to raise the stakes is to tell everyone you already did it. For example don’t say ‘I’m trying to quit smoking’ but rather ‘I’ve quit smoking’. Make sure to tell this to your closest friends or family AND the people you’re not so close with. This will add the pressure because they’ll know if you fail and will also help you avoid your cravings.
The most important thing is that you have the initiative and know how to get to your goal. The rest is up to you. At times it will be hard to resist the temptations to go back to your old ways but the outcome is far greater than any problems you may have along the way!