Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Habits are more effective than goals

Hands up who’s decided they wanted to make a positive change in their life but didn’t manage it? Exercise more, eat more healthily, save money or cut back on booze?

One thing the above examples have in common is that they’re not specific goals - they’re just aspirations. We need measurable targets and timeframes for them to become goals. ‘Lose weight' is vague but ‘lose half a stone in 2 months' is achievable.

But even if we do achieve success it can be fleeting. Once the goal has been met there’s a tendency to slip back into our old ways.

That’s where habits come in. We need to make changes to what we do on a daily basis for the benefits to be sustainable.