Change is HARD.

You’ve probably read more than a few articles on this site, become excited and tried to implement some new habits. Chances are those changes didn’t stick. Just like your computer-illiterate grandmother, your body and mind hate change. Or at least the transformation process. Here are 3 unconventional techniques for completing that metamorphosis for which you’ve been aching.

1) Attach a physical change to your inner change

Do you know how you can feel like a ‘new person’ with a radical haircut? That feeling is a fantastic tool for personal changes too.

Try linking a fairly drastic physical change to your inner goal. Whenever you catch yourself in the mirror or someone comments on your altered appearance, remember what else you’re changing. Really attempt to take on this ‘new you’ as much as possible.

Physical change ideas: haircut, hair color, wardrobe, piercings, tattoos, different makeup or lack thereof, etc. (If you have more ideas, please share them in the comments!)

2) Get into an aerobic exercise routine

Through experiments with mice and patients with depression and other neurological disorders, researchers have found that, “through increased blood flow to the brain, phys­i­cal exer­cise trig­gers bio­chem­i­cal changes that spur neu­ro­plas­tic­ity.”

In other words, aerobic exercise helps facilitate lasting changes to your brain chemistry. Changes that stick come from training your brain to function in a new way, and there are more factors to consider than simple repetition and self-control. Consider trying to build muscle without adequate protein: it will happen but will take much longer.

3) Change in a BIG way

Baby steps are not always the best method for achieving a goal. It’s much easier to cast aside a small lifestyle change than a massive transformation.

Instead of tackling one little change a time, lump 3-5 sizable ones into one huge leap forward. Let the momentum of each individual change push forward the others.

If you bite off more than you can chew, don’t hesitate to let go of a goal (or two). The juxtaposition of before and after dropping one goal will make the trimmed down transformation seem even more attainable.

Have any tips for change that weren’t mentioned here? Share them in the comments below :)