How to Make Good Habits Stick: 7 Secrets From Research


Have you ever wondered why some people seem to get so much done?

When they say, ”I’m going to..." start exercising, eat healthy, get organized, read more, etc., you know that they’re going to make it happen.

But when you try to go after similar goals, it’s a different story.

You might be able to stick to them for a while, but then, somewhere along the way, you always lose your motivation and quit.

When that happens enough times, it's easy to get frustrated and discouraged.

But creating and sustaining good habits doesn’t have to be so difficult and painful.

In fact, it can be quite easy. And even a lot of fun.

Here's how to develop good habits and make them stick:

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