Jeremy Dean, author of Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t…and How to Make Any Change Stick, was recently a guest on NPR. His approach to making changes is what I’ve been following – so it’s good to hear there’s research behind it. Here are some of his thoughts from a recent LA Times article:
“When making a good habit the most important thing is to make it small and do-able. To make the new habit stick, repeat it in the same circumstances. Each time you repeat it, the habit gets stronger, until eventually you will perform it automatically.
“Breaking bad habits can be difficult because we naturally try to suppress them. Ironically this can make them become stronger and all the more likely to be performed. Replacing bad habits with good ones is a better way to go.”
So, if you’re trying to cut out all that butter, replace it with some herbs. Think you’re drinking too much coffee, how about replacing those last few cups with some herbal tea? Love to snack…but don’t always make the best choices? Keep some filling nuts and dried fruit at your desk. You get the idea…