The Back Door Approach to Change
One of the most useful ideas I've come across in regard to making changes is the notion of "keystone habits." This idea is outlined par excellence in the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. A keystone habit is one that sets change in motion an initiates the creation of other habits. It's a starter habit that creates a shift in energy both emotionally and mentally, and sets in motion a domino effect that results in much greater change than was initially intended.
If you've ever read any success literature or listened to CD programs about how to be successful or how to reach your goals, then you are very likely familiar with the current focus on "practicing gratitude." There are many ways to accomplish this including such things as keeping a gratitude journal, writing little notes of gratitude directly to people you want to thank for something, putting up reminders on the wall where you work or in your home that say something about gratitude, posting words of thanks on social media, and so on. There is no one correct method. The idea is to pick something that works for you and do it. There are, however, some qualifications that can make the practice more effective which I'll list here.