>Have you ever had a habit that you just can’t seem to drop? Try writing a contract with yourself. You can title it just that. For example, let’s say you’d like to stop eating fast food for breakfast every day. First, set a realistic goal. If you’ve been going by your fave eatery and eating a sausage & gravy biscuit every day for the last 3 years, it may be tough to quit cold turkey (no animal puns intended). Lean into the change, and make your goal something you can actually reach. Then, try writing down a commitment to yourself, and involve a witness if you need to.
I, (your name here), am making a commitment to myself to stop eating sausage & gravy biscuits for breakfast every day. I will do this by (how will you do it?) replacing 4 fast food breakfasts a week with fruit, oatmeal, or whole grain cereal with low fat milk. I will do this (how often?) 4 days per week for 7 days, progressively phasing out fast food for breakfast completely. I am doing this so that (why are you doing this?) I will cut unneeded calories out of my diet, and start my day with a nourishing meal. I will reward myself by feeling good about myself and by making my own healthy version of a sausage & gravy buiscuit at home once per month.
Sign and date your contract and keep it close by in case temptations arise. If you’re leaning on a friend to help hold you accountable, ask if they will sign your contract, too.