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Although the New Year's resolution has become something of a cliche, there is still nothing wrong with commencing a...

Although the New Year's resolution has become something of a cliche, there is still nothing wrong with commencing a habit that benefits you (and/or others). The tricky part, however, as you probably well and truly know, is making it stick. There are a number of strategies that you can utilize to help with this, but the most important that we have seen is simply to make it sustainable.

Habits, almost by nature, are a product of time, rather than intensity. Habits aren't built in a week, or even a month, no matter how hard you go during that initial period. The most important thing, though, is to be still doing it, in one way or another, in a week, a month and a year's time. You really don't need optimal, you just need a little effort plus a dose of staying power.

The staying power is the tricky part. In this regard, what we often recommend is to "put yourself on auto-pilot" for a bit. You might have just had your first day back at work for the year, and you're convinced that you don't need to attend the gym because you've had such a massive day, even though you have been trying to build a robust exercise habit. In this instance, too much thinking can work against you. It is easy to rationalise old patterns, so be on the lookout! The key is remembering that you want to change, and change will require doing some things that you are used to doing. Overall this is good, but it can be challenging.

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