You can further enhance your practice if you employ strategies specific to your goal. Use these tips to meet challenges that are especially, well, challenging.
If You Want: Healthier Eating Habits
Focus on the positive. Think of reaching for an apple instead of visualizing passing up the peanut butter cups. Researchers suspect that this tack may be more effective because it’s easier to see how close you are to a new goal than to gauge how far you are from old habits. In other words, it’s more satisfying to note all the fresh, nutritious salads you’ve had than to think of all the cupcakes you could have eaten but didn’t.
Imagine every step. A 2011 study by scientists at McGill University, in Montreal, found that when told to eat more fruit, people who envisioned every step of the process (reaching for it, biting into it, enjoying it) were more successful than those who only generally thought about eating more fruit.