After 6 plus years of teaching and coaching, one thing has rung true the more and more I apply this to my clients and myself. Picking ONE or TWO MAX habits has them succeed. Yes, not outcomes. HABITS. Outcomes are a DERIVATIVE of the habits build. Focus on those one or two MAX habits for 2-3 months.
You may be thinking "THAT WON'T CAUSE CHANGE! THAT IS UTTER CRAP! THE GUY ON THE YOUTUBE AD SAID 7 DAYS!!!!" Well, you may see change in 7 days. That does not guarantee a habit, however. Quick fixes leave you with little to no power to instill or sustain that change.
So, this holiday season and with new years approaching, get clear on what you want to make happen over the WHOLE year. Break it down into no more than 4-6 NEW HABITS FOR THE WHOLE YEAR. Ask yourself "Why is this important to me?" No why, nothing to pull that habit forward into your future.
Every 2-3 months, reassess. Ask yourself, why is that important to you? Without a WHY, your habits become chores. Those chores tend to become resentful THINGS you HAVE to do. Don't let that happen. Ask yourself, did you stick with the one to two habits? What did you notice in cultivating the habits? What worked ? What didn't work?
*From January to March I will focus on having 1-2 fist sized amount of vegetables in my lunch and dinner.
(It's simple, strategic, clear, defined, and habit based.)
*Create a system that works for you for tracking- I.e. your phone calendar, your notes, a notepad, a journal, a big pasteboard. Something that works best for you.
*Shoot for an 80% or higher compliance rate (Meaning 8 out of every 10 lunches and dinners you have you are succeeding in your vegetable amount)
*After 60-90 days, look back at your progress and see what the results were!