The beginning of a new year has always been a good time for writing resolutions. Perhaps you’d like to make time for exercise or maybe you want to learn a new language. Well, it’s personal! You can cook up anything you want. If you have already written your resolutions, I hope this post can help you to keep up with it.

1. If you want to start a new behavior

You need to start small, even tiny

Do you want to start exercising your body? reading books? writing?
You need to start it with the easiest version, don’t be too ambitious. Based on 

Dr. BJ Fogg 

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to do a new behavior you have to start it small(even tiny), e.g. if you want to start reading, you can start for one minute a day. This may look ridiculous. We will only get a small gain and progress from a small effort. But what we want to shoot is, we want to get the behavior more automatic. That’s why we need it easy as possible, so that we are able to do consistently, even when we feel lazy or don’t have much energy to do it. In fact, by reading one minute a day then make small increments each day, you could have finished a 300–400 page book in a month.


2. If you want to learn a new skill,

You need to find how you learn best

Learning a new skill is not easy, especially you plan to learn by yourself. Whether it’s improving your skill sets or totally a new. Yeah, we need to realize that we no longer study in a formal school which obligates us to attend the lessons. We need to deal with ourselves. The best practice is, find how you learn best by trying and failing. Enjoy the process and don’t force ourselves to learn many things in a short time. Actually, we can use tips #1 (take tiny steps). Be consistent. As James Clear said in his 

post 

Whenever you put in consistent work and learn from your mistakes, incredible progress is the result”.


3. If you want to break a bad habit

You need to replace with a good one

Basically, how to break a bad habit is by replacing them with other habit.
As described by Charles Duhigg in his book, 

The Power of Habit. every habit has a same pattern, with the 3 steps 

: the cue (a trigger to start a routine), the routine (the activity or habit) and the reward (the benefits of doing routine), e.g. When you get stressed, you want to smoke. Then, you feel more relaxed. Duhigg said the key is “If we keep the same cue and the same reward, a new routine can be inserted”. But, that’s not enough to break a bad habit. According to him, we must believe change is possible. Most likely, belief will grow out with the support of other people. Find accountability buddies who can help and motivate you.