27 Strategies for Breaking ANY Bad Habit


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The truth is you need to take a strategic approach to overcome your negative routines. Check out this deck to learn a number of proven techniques for making a lasting change in your life.

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27 Strategies for Breaking ANY Bad Habit

  1. 1. Strategies for Breaking ANY Bad Habit 2727 http://www.flickr.com/photos/78752351@N03/8416105407/
  2. 2. Habits run our daily life. http://www.flickr.com/photos/monsieurlam/1589954767/
  3. 3. Some habits are helpful. http://www.flickr.com/photos/criminalintent/9187502271/
  4. 4. Others can work against you. http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035610542@N01/60002388/
  5. 5. Fortunately, it is possible to eliminate a bad habit. http://www.flickr.com/photos/shutterhack/3109603395/
  6. 6. All you need is a plan of action that works. http://www.flickr.com/photos/alancleaver/4222533261/
  7. 7. 1 You'll quickly run out of steam if you try to change multiple habits at the same time. Focus on One Habit at a Time. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sam-lehman/6646681599/
  8. 8. 2 Structure your entire life around the completion of one specific habit goal. Do a 30-Day Habit Challenge. http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/3217735041/
  9. 9. 3 Having a start date creates energy and excitement for this new change. Set a Start Date. http://www.flickr.com/photos/memestate/3159343310/
  10. 10. 4 Have a specific outcome in mind coupled with a target date. Identify the Target Goal. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ogimogi/2223450729/
  11. 11. 5 Cold turkey can make a bad habit even worse because of its overemphasis on perfection. Avoid “Cold Turkey” Solutions. http://www.flickr.com/photos/polanaked/3097640389/
  12. 12. 6 Focus and track your daily, incremental improvements. Set a Baseline Metric. http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrianclarkmbbs/3062676599/
  13. 13. 7 Breaking a habit in a methodical manner gives your body and mind a chance to diminish its constant craving. Create Specific Goals. http://www.flickr.com/photos/inspiredhomefitness/8753895157/
  14. 14. 8 All habits have actions and thoughts that occur beforehand. Identify your cue, routine, and reward. Identify the Habit Routine. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pyxopotamus/2977425354/
  15. 15. 9 Identify: Location, time, mood, people you’re with, and preceding action to get to the “cause” of your bad habit. Record the Habit Triggers. http://www.flickr.com/photos/coriehowell/3475820366/
  16. 16. 10 Find a positive routine that will provide the same feeling you get with a bad habit, minus the negative routine. Try Different Rewards. http://www.flickr.com/photos/expressmonorail/3645729212/
  17. 17. 11 Take stock of your mood after following a new routine to see if you still feel a desire to do the bad habit. See What Works. http://www.flickr.com/photos/alpstedt/10373446415/
  18. 18. 12 The best way to make a lasting change is to follow a step-by-step plan whenever you experience an impulse. Formulate a Plan. http://www.flickr.com/photos/marvinkuo/2153147366/
  19. 19. 13 While planning is important, you’ll also need a strategy for dealing with slip-ups. Understand the Hot-Cold Empathy Gap. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lintmachine/2983771744/
  20. 20. 14 Habit reminders are a great way to keep your habit change at the forefront of your mind and stay on course. Use “Habit Reminders.” http://www.flickr.com/photos/goddess-arts/3222869063/
  21. 21. 15 The more information you track, the easier it is to understand what affects your mood or impulses. Keep an Accountability Journal http://www.flickr.com/photos/sophiadphotography/9200402579/
  22. 22. 16 Simply knowing you have to be accountable for your actions keeps you focused on a habit change. Make a Public Declaration. http://www.flickr.com/photos/88758069@N08/8445004895/
  23. 23. 17 Regularly communicate with someone who shares a similar desire to make a lasting change. Find an Accountability Partner. http://www.flickr.com/photos/yourdon/3592318078/
  24. 24. 18 Know what to say and do when a person says something that causes you to second-guess a habit change. Ignore the Naysayers. http://www.flickr.com/photos/benhusmann/5499502593/
  25. 25. 19 Avoid the places that cause a negative habit loop and an impulse to follow a specific routine. Avoid Trigger Locations. http://www.flickr.com/photos/clagnut/3042477343/
  26. 26. 20 Don’t be afraid to get help from other others. If you think you have a real problem, it might be time to go get the assistance you really need. Seek Professional Help. http://www.flickr.com/photos/cayusa/1198663035/
  27. 27. 21 If you’re always tired, hungry, or stressed, you’ll increase the likelihood that you’ll succumb to a temptation. Live a Healthy Lifestyle. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/3539161615/
  28. 28. 22 The moment you experience a cue for a bad habit, reaffirm your commitment to stick to the new plan. Remain Positive. http://www.flickr.com/photos/26652303@N07/3199154697/
  29. 29. 23 It’s okay to slip up from time to time, but don't use it as an excuse to go do too much of a bad habit. Beware the “What-the-Hell Effect.” http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc/3396791200/
  30. 30. 24 Beating yourself up over a slip-up is counterproductive to your long-term goals. Forgive Yourself. http://www.flickr.com/photos/shitsuren/4904341484/
  31. 31. 25 Make a grueling habit change fun by rewarding yourself for achieving specific milestones. Reward Yourself. http://www.flickr.com/photos/whltravel/4114802404/
  32. 32. 26 Daily commitments and reminders help you stick with the plan. Review Your Plan Daily. http://www.flickr.com/photos/juhansonin/5144239690/
  33. 33. 27 Don’t worry about tomorrow or next year. Have a plan for what you’ll do today and leave tomorrow for tomorrow. Take it Day-by-Day. http://www.flickr.com/photos/xav/4136770362/
  34. 34. Ready for a Lasting Habit Change? http://www.flickr.com/photos/woodypine/9081329144/
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