Having trouble sticking to your new habits? Writing can help.

Having trouble sticking to your new habits? Writing can help.

New year new me?: Crafting Goals, Building Habits, and Creating Success

In the spirit of fresh beginnings, the new year calls for reflection, planning, and decisive action. Setting goals and cultivating habits are essential on the journey to personal and professional growth.

Clarity in Vision: Begin by defining your goals clearly. Well-defined goals significantly increase the likelihood of achievement, according to research. You can put paper to pen and use the S.M.A.R.T. system. Make your goals: specific, measurable, assignable, realistic and time-related.

Small Steps, Big Wins: Break down significant goals into smaller, manageable steps. Celebrate each small win; they add up, making success more achievable, as suggested by research from the University College London.

The Power of Rituals: Harvard Business Review notes that rituals offer stability and pave the way for positive habits. Start your day with purpose, whether through mindfulness or a burst of creative writing.

Writing Your Success Story: Among the myriad habits, writing stands out. Journaling not only clarifies thoughts but is also linked to increased goal achievement. Pen down your aspirations, progress, and setbacks; it provides a tangible record of your journey.

The 21/90 Rule: For a lifestyle change, try the 21/90 rule. Commit to a new activity for 21 days to make it a habit, and persist for 90 days to make it a permanent part of your routine.

As we step into this new chapter, let's remember that the journey is as important as the destination. By setting clear goals, nurturing small habits, and incorporating the power of writing, you pave the way for a successful and fulfilling year ahead.

Read more about this: https://hbr.org/2020/04/the-restorative-power-of-ritual


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