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Habit ChecklistAndy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

Forming a good habit often seems like an impossible task. Lack of time, energy, resources or encouragement may often cause you to lack the needed energy to get started.

Here are five tips to create a new habit.

1. Start Small

Too many people fail to create long-lasting change because they try to do everything at once. You can’t run a marathon in a day, and you most likely won’t want to run an hour a day starting off. Start small. Set a reasonable goal of 20 minutes three times a week.

2. Plan

It’s always easy to find reasons not to go through with your intentions when it’s go time. Plan ahead so that you don’t have an excuse. Bring your workout closes with you and go directly after work. Buy healthy food with the intention of packing a lunch the night before. Don’t go out drinking if you’re trying to quit smoking.

3. Support

Making a change all on your own is hard. To ease the challenge, try instead to have a person with whom you can share your progress. Be honest and have them check on your progress. Also, try to surround yourself with positive people. If your support system is negative, there is a good chance you will be too.

4. Stay focused.

It’s easy to get distracted or discouraged when you don’t see signifcant results right away. So keep something near you to remind you of the benefits that fulfilling your goal will be. Make some inspiration art or simply change your phones wall paper as a reminder.

5. Forgive

When you mess up, and you most likely will, don’t despair. It’s normal to be human, and it’s human to keep trying. When you mess up, forgive, forget and forge on. Eventually, you’ll get somewhere.

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