Behavior Modification: How to Change Your Behavior to Accomplish Your Goals

 

 

With the New Year upon us, we often look forward to the things we want to do or accomplish. We may set up lofty goals for the year. Be it lose weight, get in shape, save money, spend more time with family or friends or find ways to get the self-care we so desperately need.  Whatever it may be the one thing that is needed for all of these things to be enacted is behavior modification.

If we want anything new to happen in our lives we often have to change our behavior. If we want to lose weight we need to modify the types and quantity of foods we eat. If we want to save money we need to modify our spending habits. If we want to spend time with family or friends we need to modify our time management. You get the idea.

In theory we know what we need to do but often times we struggle to do so. We may be gung-ho for a couple of weeks with our plan, but after a while we start to slip back into our old habits. Experts say it takes a minimum of 21 to a maximum of 66 days to form a new habit and for it become automatic. So for those few weeks or so, we really have to make an effort in order to create this new positive habit in our lives.

If we can just look at it as simply something we have to do for just  21 to 66 days,  perhaps it wouldn’t be such a struggle.  Most of us can manage to do something for 3 or 4 weeks, right? Once it becomes a habit, we no longer have to think about it and it is much easier.

So, I challenge you and myself to begin today.

  • Figure out the things you want to change, improve, incorporate or kick this new year.
  • Write them down.
  • Share them with a friend and make yourself accountable to someone else.
  • Pin your list in a place where you will see it daily to help keep yourself motivated.
  • Determine what behavior you need to modify to achieve your goal.
  • Visualize the end result of this new habit. (Ex. Picture that extra cash in your bank account. Or the scale reading 15lbs less.)
  • Recommit to it daily.
  • Pray for strength to stick with it.
  • Forgive yourself if you slip back into old habits. Dust yourself off and begin again.

For some of us, starting small maybe the way to go. For others, go big or go home. You know yourself better than anyone. Set yourself up for success and surround yourself with those who support you in your efforts.

You got this!

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January Goals, Not Resolutions

 

I am not much for making resolutions per se, but I do think setting goals can be a good and productive thing. For this year I am making a plan to set up and strive for three different goals for the next few months and for the year.

I love having things organized but actually getting things organized is my issue. I have succeeded in a few areas (sort of) but one of my goals is to get there in other areas of my life.

Here is a glimpse at my 2018 goals:

  1. Make a Home Organizing Binder. This is something that I often thought just “super-moms” had. Since I am not what I consider that to be, I didn’t think I needed one. Boy, was I wrong! I have been checking out other blogs and Pinterest pins and have found some amazing Home Organizing Binder ideas. Here are some great printables if you are interested in starting your own Home Management/Organizing binder.  Ideally, I want to have mine up and running before the end of January.
  2. Create and manage a way to save money for vacations and incidental travels. Because the majority of my and my husband’s family live in other states, we often travel to visit them in the spring and summer, usually having to stay in a hotel which can often leave us strapped. I’d like to find a way to save up a good chunk of cash. I am thinking of trying this method, The 52 week savings plan challenge, but tweaking it slightly. I’ll try to keep you abreast of my progress.
  3. Do 3 positive things to help others, trying to make them an habitual thing. One thing I plan on participating in is helping out our church food bank. The church supplies bags of groceries via the local elementary schools. The other two things, I am not sure of. I’ll give myself til the end of January to figure it out.

So that is my starter list of goals. I am going full steam ahead and in the spirit of living fearlessly am going to dive right in.  Are you with me? What goals have you come up with for the month or the year?

 

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