When trying to break a bad habit, most people focus on the behaviour itself eg. how to stop smoking, eating lollies, sleeping through the alarm…
I think we should be going a step further back and looking at the cues and triggers as to WHAT ENABLES US to participate in that behaviour.
If we can avoid the trigger in the first place, we’re 1/2 way there already!
In this 22 min video I explain the 3 parts that make up a habit, and what we can do at each stage to try and avoid a specific behaviour.
If you’re too busy to watch that, here’s a brief overview:
- Identify your specific cues and triggers… ALL of them.
Do you need to make big drastic changes eg. get a new job, move house, leave a relationship?
Or smaller changes eg. change your shopping time, take public transport to work, start a new morning routine?
- 2 options for behaviour change: Going cold turkey or Scaling down your frequency of the behaviour.
Consider your game plan during the REALLY tough times – this is what you need to prepare for.
- What’s your new replacement behaviour / habit going to be?
This needs to give you a similar “reward” as your previous behaviour.
Scarcity is important.