7 Most Effective Steps To Break (or Make) A Habit

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We all have habits, some good and some not so good. These are behaviors that we’ve learned and that occur almost automatically. And most of us have a habit we’d like to break, or one we’d like to develop.

For most people, it takes about four weeks for a new behavior to become routine, or habit. The following steps can make it easier to establish a new behavior pattern.

Here Are 7 Most Effective Steps To Break (or Make) A Habit

1. Set Goals

You should try to phrase your aim as a positive statement, particularly if you’re trying to stop or break a habit. Instead of saying “I’m going to stop snacking at night,” tell “I’m going to practice good eating habits.” You can also make a list of your objectives. Putting it down on paper makes it easier to commit. It can also help if you tell someone you trust about your target.

2. Decide On A Replacement Behavior

(If you want to form a new habit, your substitution action would be the target in and of itself.) When attempting to break a habit, this move is critical. You must have a superior behavior to replace it if you want to avoid a behavior. If you don’t, the old pattern of conduct will return.

3. Learn And Be Aware Of Your Triggers

Behavior patterns don’t exist independently. Often, one habit is associated with another part of your regular routine. For instance, in the snacking example the trigger may be late night television or reading. You automatically grab a bag of chips while you watch. Many people who smoke automatically light up after eating. Think about when and why you do the thing you want to quit.

4. Post reminders to yourself

You may do this by making notes of the areas where the conduct happens often. You can also write a note to yourself on the mirror, refrigerator, computer display, or anywhere else you’ll see it often. A family member or coworker may also use a specific expression to remind you of your target.

5. Get Help And Support From Someone

This is self-evident. With assistance, every task becomes simpler. It’s even easier if you can team up with someone who has the same target as you.

6. Write daily affirmations

Write your word or sentence ten times a day for twenty-one days in the present tense (as if it were already happening). This method embeds your target in your subconscious mind, which not only reminds you to practice the new action but also keeps you focused and motivated.

7. Reward Yourself

Reward yourself for achieving goals at regular intervals. One day at a time, focus on your target, but reward yourself with a little treat every one, three, and six months. The incentives don’t have to be large or costly, and you can try to make them related to the target in some way. This provides you with an opportunity as well as additional encouragement.
Of course, following these steps does not guarantee results. Depending on the habit, it can take several attempts before you succeed. You can do it, though, if you stick with it.

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