Which of your habits (we all have many!) are serving you well? Which are detrimental for you? What new habits would you like to establish?
Want to :
- Quit smoking?
- Lose weight?
- Make your bed every morning?
- Eat a small amount of healthy chocolate each day?
Last week I got a recommendation for a book which I’m pretty sure will change my life.
What causes habits to form, or disappear? This book, by B.J. Fogg, can probably help you make some worthwhile adjustments as well. Fogg analyzes habits. What causes them to form, disappear, or change.
He analyzes what makes it possible to adopt habits without difficulty. His core principle is B=M+A+P.
A Behavior results from
- Motivation to do something – what makes you want to do it. You want to lose weight.
- Ability – how easy it is to do. Often that’s one ridiculously easy step. You put half a teaspoon less sugar in your coffee. A new behavior is easier if you reduce the practice to a tiny fraction of your full intent.
- Prompt – a natural, easy key to remind yourself to do it. Tie a ribbon on the handle of the sugar spoon, or on the handle of your coffee cup. It’s actually better if the reminder is something already in your routine. E. g. you sit down at the breakfast table, or you pour your coffee.
At times when motivation is low (happens for all of us!) doing the easy minimum meets your obligation. You can still congratulate yourself on accomplishing your new habit.
Fogg has many more nuances to refine the process of establishing new habits.
Do you aspire to building new habits or eliminating others, to change your life? I recommend you explore BJ Fogg’s recommendations.
They provide a great alternative to “resolutions” which are often forgotten after a few weeks or months.