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MAINTAIN

Maintain

Congratulations, mate. You made it this far.

It may not have been easy, so take a minute to appreciate all your hard work and accomplishments. Now, let’s talk about maintaining behavioral change – because life is not stagnant, and it takes perseverance to support change.

Think of change as an ongoing practice rather than a single event. Change occurs when you have reached your goal and can maintain that goal indefinitely. Maintenance is your ability to sustain your preferable vision of yourself, your relationships, and your emotional health.

Remember, humans are creatures of habit. It takes over 60 days to replace an old habit with a new one, so change isn’t going to happen overnight. This is where clear goals, establishing habits and routines to support these goals, discarding destructive habits, and establishing a contingency plan to resist temptation comes into play. Sometimes it will be easier to maintain change and at other times, it’ll require a little extra work.

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Occasionally, setbacks do occur.
It’s just a setback, not a failure.

Occasionally, despite the best intentions, setbacks do occur. If this happens, realize it’s just a setback, not a failure. Analyze what habits or actions led to your falling short and learn from the experience. Review your game plan and develop new techniques for dealing with future temptations. Be aware that it’s during your vulnerable times (times of stress, fatigue, or in the presence of others who do not support your goals) that will be the most challenging for sustaining change. It’s important to continue to maintain motivation and try to avoid getting into situations that can sabotage your progress.

Stay focused on your goal, align your habits and routines accordingly, and keep moving forward! You’ll reach your destination!

 

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