Why Change a Habit..?



Having chosen a habit that you want to change and identified the triggers we are now going to look at the routine and rewards of that said habit.

Components of a habit

Cue: The trigger for your behavior –environmental, emotional and situational factors.

Routine: Physical, mental or emotional actions you engage in as a result of the trigger.

Reward: The benefit you experience as the result of that action.


Going Off on Tangents’ was my chosen habit

The Cues preceding the Routine for me are ‘thinking of other people’ and ‘a need for perfection’

The action (Routine) based on emotional needs to impress others is to ‘gather information from as many sources as possible of people who I feel have more knowledge than I do’.  The Reward of ‘Going off on Tangents’ is to look for the ultimate answer, It is my signature tune.. and if I don’t finish a job then I haven’t failed and no one will think any less of me.

What are the actions (Routines) that you engage in as a result of your trigger (Cue). What are you gaining as a result of your action..? Does it work for you..? Is it an obstacle or even down right destructive?

The good news is that the Routine and Reward are easy to see once you have identified the Cue.

The even better news is that having learnt a bit about how habits work and a bit about yourself, replacing a habit with one that will work for you is exciting, character building and maybe life changing

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin


So why change a habit of a lifetime..?


Is it easier for you to follow suit, to do what parents, peers, associates did..?

Are you too conservative in recognising your own ability to grow..?

Do you really know what you want from yourself..?

Do you ever wonder if there is more to life..?

Next time we will look at what you want to use as a replacement for your habit that you have chosen to change, in ‘JUST DO IT’

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