You know the importance of goals, so you make them. You know what a bad habit looks like and notice when you're doing that thing that you do that sabotages your success. But how do you stop doing those things that keep you from your goals and start doing more of the good?
Create a structure that will support you in practicing one really good habit.
Just one goal can take many structures to support it. Which structure will work best? The one that is fun and doesn't feel like a chore!
One structure that works well with exercise is a 90-day challenge. You've probably seen them before. My workout studio just did the Little Black Dress Challenge. The person who went to the most classes in the month of December won a prize. We put gold stars on a chart each day we attended a class.
What I love about this structure is that it was focused on the one thing: Increasing our attendance. We were motivated by prizes, stars on a chart and the possibility of looking "hot" in our little black dress. It worked for me! I began going to class one extra day a week. Now it's a habit. And I feeeeeel awesome after each class which moves me closer to my goal of having my best body ever!
One of my friends from the gym wants accountability with her workouts. So she either shows up for her workout or pays me $50. This is one way I prefer not to make money. And only once has she ever had to pay me money. I used this structure with a group of friends years ago in a similar way and I got to my goal weight within a couple of months. In fact, all of us met our goals!