This article originally appeared in MindBodyGreen.

While January 1 gets all the buzz for fresh starts, there's something about the back-to-school energy of September that has us setting new goals for the year with serious enthusiasm.

Perhaps it is the disruption to our "normal" lives thanks to COVID-19, or maybe it's just the newly crisp air, but we're definitely thinking it's time to add some fresh and healthy habits to our daily routines. But how can we be sure we stick to something so it goes from a pipe dream to a routine?

According to neuroscientist and psychiatrist Jud Brewer, M.D., Ph.D., the secret may lie in embracing that feeling of enchantment that comes from trying something new. When Brewer appeared on the mindbodygreen podcast, he and mbg founder and co-CEO Jason Wachob talked all things training our brain to accomplish the things we want.