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How to change bad habits

Have you ever realized that the bad habits are obstructing your improvement? A recent study exposed that about 40 percent of the decisions we make every day are based on our bias. Most of the time, we actually don’t decide anything at all but to follow what we have done before, causing ourselves to be less inventive, less healthy and less effective.

Well, even if you know that, changing your old, deleterious habits is not an easy task. However, it doesn’t mean impossible. In this article, we would like to introduce to you the method of Charles Dahigg, which has been described in his best-selling book “The Power of Habit”. The point here is to change your thought about a habit. Let’s get down to the details:

1. Revise the definition of "must" and "should"

Are all the things you do every day really necessary? For example, you think you need to drink coffee every morning, don’t you? It’s not true. Actually, drinking coffee in the morning is just your habit, and you yourself make it indispensable. Literally, your body needs fluid, but you don’t have to drink coffee to live.

Now, let’s think about other things you do during the day. You always check your notifications and messages on Facebook as soon as you wake up, don’t you? Now you want to change this habit, and the fastest way is to determine what you really covet. You just need to think that checking those things cost plenty of your time - an invaluable resource, and you don’t have to waste your valuable time which could turn into something else worthwhile for such things.

2. Identify the signal

There are three elements composing a habit: signal, action & reward. The signal triggers your willingness and makes you automatically follow the usual actions. Given checking notifications on Facebook being your first thing to do every morning, it may be because you want to find out what has happened last night. That’s the signal which makes you succumb to temptation.

3. Define the action

Spotting the action is simple. In case you love checking your notifications in the morning, then “checking your facebook account” is the action. Your usual habit is the action.

4. Determine the reward

In our example, the reward can be the sense of control ("thank God, nothing bad happened overnight!"). Let’s consider exactly what makes you satisfied. Is it true that you really want to know what happened overnight? No! Actually, you care for your friends, your relatives, and feel that you need to know for sure that nothing bad happened to the people you love.

Getting a good idea of what kind of reward you get from the habit will help you find out more positive and effective methods to do it.

5. Change the action

After knowing the signal and the reward, your mission now is to find more effective actions which could make you satisfied with the same reward. In this case, talking directly or calling up your friends seem the better ways. Thanks to these actions, they appreciate your kindness more than a message via Facebook.

6. Write down the process

Dahigg judges that the simplest way to build a new habit is to write an action plan. For example:

“When I know an unfortunate thing happening to my loved ones, I will call them up because this enables me to know in detail what occurred, and maybe I can give them a hand”.

Do as the written plan, regularly, and one day you will see the new habit develop.


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