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  • Writer's pictureMichele Andorfer

Develop Positive Habits: Tips for Creating Lasting Change

How are your New Year’s resolutions going? If you’re like a lot of people, you may have forgotten (or given up) on some of the goals you set 1 month ago!

According to Forbes, the average resolution lasts just 3.74 months. This is because most people get so wrapped up in the day-to-day chores and to-dos that they forget about improvement and fall back into their old ways of doing things.

To help inspire you to stick with it, here are some great tips on how to develop positive habits so that you can reach your goals. (And if you’ve already dropped them, don’t worry! It’s never too late to try again.)

Write Down Detailed Goals

Anyone can say, “I want to lose 5 pounds”, but the success lies with the person who says, “I want to lose 5 pounds in a month, and this is how I’m going to do it…”

Giving yourself a goal with measurable results and a timeline makes it feel more achievable. You know what you’re working toward and how to get there, as well as a timeline to make it happen.

Adjust Your Mindset

How are you feeling? Do you believe you can do this, or are you getting sidetracked by negative emotions?

Keeping a growth mindset can really change the narrative around your goals and resolutions and help to keep you on the path to success. When you believe in yourself and your ability to grow, amazing things can happen.

Have Fun While You Work

Moving the needle forward takes hard work and dedication, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! So much of your willpower to keep moving forward lies in making your change feel like something you get to do rather than something you have to do.

If you want to do more networking but are anxious in social situations, consider joining an online networking group that you would enjoy more. If you want to eat more whole foods but aren’t thrilled about the idea of eating spinach with dinner every night, add it to a creamy smoothie. When you make these quick substitutions, it makes your work more manageable and fun. You’re more likely to do something when it feels this way.

Give Yourself Grace

A lot of people fail to reach their goals because they are too rigid in their expectations. Rather than beating yourself up if you don’t hit a milestone or if you get behind in your plans, give yourself grace. Understand that you are human and life doesn’t always go as planned.

Instead of giving up completely, reevaluate your plan. If you wanted to work out every morning at 5:00 a.m. but are finding yourself not reaching that goal, explore other times that might work. Maybe a noon workout or a walk after dinner would fit your schedule better. You might have changed your methods but you’re still working toward your goal.

Reach Out for Help

If you are chasing big goals or making big changes in your life, reach out for help! Whether it’s telling a friend about your plans or working with a certified life coach, having that friendly accountability will go a long way.

If you need some help finding clarity or developing a plan to achieve what you want to achieve, consider taking advantage of my new one-on-one coaching opportunity. Just reach out to me to learn more.  Together we can reach your goals and help you build that extraordinary life you’re dreaming of!



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