Consistency is the key to maintaining your healthy habits.
***if you have not read parts I & II of this series on developing and maintaining healthy habits, I highly recommend that you do so.
Now that you have begun to develop healthy habits in your life, being consistent in them will help you maintain the momentum and growth in the areas you are trying to flourish in.
What does consistency in maintaining healthy habits look like?
Let's say that one of the healthy habits that you are trying to develop is exercising 3x per week. You are on day 15 of starting this new healthy habit, but this week you have opted in for extra sleep in the morning instead of exercising. The following week you exercise 1x. Now you don’t understand why you are not meeting your goal of exercising 3x per week.
Key steps to being consistent with maintaining your healthy habits:
Write out specifically what you want to accomplish as well as the days/times for doing this. An example would be if you want to exercise more. Get specific and write it out, such as, I will walk 3x per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays at 6:30 am.
Rewarding yourself, as discussed in part II of this series, is important to keep your motivation when you want to give up or you just don’t feel like doing your healthy habit. Do not underestimate the power of using small rewards to motivate you to maintain your healthy habits.
You will need to resist your feelings. The bottom line you will not always feel like doing your healthy habits, but if you resist the urge to splurge you will boost your confidence. The initial temptation to stop or give up your healthy habits will decrease over time, but there will still be from time-to-time this urge to stop. Knowing this ahead of time will help you to push past the resistance and onto the continuation of your healthy habits.
Keep consistently doing your healthy habits for 30 days. After the 30 days, review what worked, and what did not work, and continue as needed, reviewing every 30 days. You may find you need to continue with whatever healthy habit you are trying to maintain until it becomes automatic, this could take just 30 days, or it may take longer.
If you have held long-standing unhealthy habits and now are trying to build new healthy habits, you may need the assistance of a life coach. I would love an opportunity to work with you and assist you with getting rid of unhealthy habits and forming new healthy habits.
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