Developing Good Habits
CREATE GOOD HABITS; Change small things! Simply stated, create good habits by making simple changes in your life. Pinpoint ideas you “will” implement. Subsequently, increase the gramarye of changing old habits to launch a new and healthier behavior, which becomes an essential, but normal function of everyday life. Successful change translates into repeated action regularly that requires no continual deep concentration. At this apex operating level, human behavior has become routine. As a result, evolution is complete! The process entails getting rid of unwanted desires by keeping at bay temptations—intentionally to permit permanent replacement and receive stimulation from new rituals.
The truth is “change” is not easy! Creating new good habits and breaking old bad habits requires an action plan—whether fine tuning or transformational. The former considers re-examining prior self-challenges to help become more mindful of strength gains in prominent areas—self-concept and self-esteem. This reflection means tweaking behaviors, which solidifies you are on the right path. The latter involves fundamental, large-scale change that yields new channels of perceiving, thinking, relating and behaving—Personally, Professionally, as well as Academically.
In a practical sense, incremental steps allows for better digestion to experience maintaining degrees of change. Nevertheless, adjustments have to take place (internally mentally/externally physical action) that will inevitably affect prevailing structures and systems. Consequently, it is urgent to identify beneficial applications before adherence develops and change last. Raising attention, says, to self and others, “I- we must do something” about an issue to ultimately combat complacency, fear, and anger that prevent change from starting (Kotter & Cohen, 2002).
The Science of How to Form Habits (BJ Fogg, 2014):
a. Simplicity Matters More Than Motivation
b. Emotions Create Habits
c. Change Behavior Without Relying on Willpower
d. Pick New Behaviors; “want” to enact –vs– things “should” do
e. Success Makes Tiny Habits Grow Into Bigger Habits - Other Areas of Change
f. Share ‘Tiny Habits Method’ With Others
4-STEPS TO CHANGE HABITS
1) Make New Behavior You Want Really ‘small’ = “tiny”
2) Determine Where New “tiny” Behavior Fits Into Your Life
3) Put New Behavior “AFTER” An Existing Routine
4) Celebrate Performing ‘New Behavior’ Immediately
EXAMPLE: Goal = Exercise Regularly
After I eat dinner (prompt), I will set out my gym clothes (easy new behavior). The anchor moment immediately triggers you to do the new Tiny Behavior –followed by instant (way to feel good) celebratory statement, “I Got This!”
CHANGE AXIOMS & MINDSETS
William of Occam: Look at the simplest explanation before analyzing the complex
Structural Model: If it fails, it was non-rational
“Butterfly Effect”: Changes on a small scale can influence things on a larger scale
Change: Conflict, Winners/Losers & more Psychological than Logical
In conclusion, the most important phase of creating change is preparation. The second change factor is implementation. And third, evaluate change outcome. Performing new habits doesn’t have to be difficult. Cycles of old habits can be broken and become a nemesis of your past. Build self-confidence by utilizing 4# steps outlined in "Tiny Habits Method". Finally, there is a tool that realistically demonstrates how to replace 'unwanted' behaviors with 'good' behaviors. Remember, life depends on continuity. For this reason, at any given time, individuals experience a state of disequilibrium. However, understanding how to self-assess enables self-success!
Now, let’s get started…What habit do you want to change?
Written by Dr. Cecilia A. Brantley | Argosy University, Chicago Professor | BodyParts Fitness Co-Founder/1992