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 Celebrate Small Wins
Try to break your habit into small subcategories and celebrate the small wins that come your way. Chances are that you will encounter plenty of wins on your way toward habit formation. If you are on a weight loss journey, you can easily track your success through the kilos on the machine.
The machine will tell you just how far you have come and that would be an excuse for you to celebrate your success. You can make a habit last for longer by celebrating all of the wins that come in the process.
Celebrate the first 5 kilograms you lose and follow it up with enhanced motivation to achieve more in your journey. It can also assist you in having a partner in your journey. Having a partner will make things easier and assist you during the progression. Your partner would help you remain motivated and would be crucial in your growth process.
Having a partner can also be a good way to make yourself accountable for your actions. You and your partner can check up with each other and celebrate together. It is good to have a partner to celebrate with.
Be Within Supporters
The people you surround yourself with have a major impact on your behavior. A study in this regard showed that having a friend who became obese increases your chance of becoming obese by over 57 percent. This just goes to prove that we take inspiration from the people in our life, and do what they do.
If you surround yourself with people who motivate you towards your goal, the chances of you actually achieving that goal will go up. The people near you include your friends, your family and other members of your social circle.
Developing a New Chain of Habits
A chain of habits is formed when you take one small habit at a time and incorporate it within your schedule. Big changes in life can only be made if you follow the chain of habits and make small changes in your pattern. Consistently making small changes and efforts would eventually lead you towards the ultimate goal of change.
How Habits Work
Knowing the components of habits can help you better manage the chain of habits. Knowing the way habits are formed and maintained will help you understand how and why the behavior you want to change emerges, just what reinforces that behavior and what can be done to change elements within the environment to create a shift in behavior.
Habits are usually formed out of three important parts; trigger, routine and reward. The trigger is different for every individual. It is something that prompts you to perform a certain action or reaction. The trigger could be an event, an object or a feeling. The routine is the response you give to that trigger. And the reward is what you get by going for a specific routine.
For instance, we can take up the example of a person regularly snoozing his/her alarm to get additional sleep. The alarm, in this case, would be the trigger. It is the stimulus that prompts a reaction. Hitting the snooze button is your routine. As soon as the alarm rings, you hit the snooze button to extend the alarm time. The ten extra minutes of lazy sleep that you get will be your reward.
Habits are changed when you slowly and gradually start changing rewards. You can develop small habits to utilize the 10 minutes you would otherwise spend dozing off on the bed. Develop an early morning stretching routine. Realize that stretching is good for your health, and you need to utilize every minute you get.
You will no longer find any reward in dozing off for the extra 10 minutes. However, your reward would now lie in the satisfaction you get out of stretching your back early in the morning. Since your reward has changed, so will your routine. Small steps in life can eventually help develop big habits and changes.
Regardless of how many tips we mention here, the ultimate push lies in your court. Sticking with small habits can eventually help you achieve major changes in life. All big changes in life come at their own pace, which is why it is necessary that you take small steps at a time, rather than taking giant leaps and stumbling on your own feet.

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